Seminars Spring 2018

During WEEK 1, you are required to come to the course orientation meeting on the first Thursday from 5:15-7:15 p.m. in the Holland Building, room 537 (Zion room). All current Rural Health Scholars students should be enrolled in one seminar course. All seminars are pass/fail, one-credit DSU courses.

To register:

  • Register for BIOL 3000R-50 (CRN 20975) for RHS Health Exploration Course or BIOL 3000R-51 or 52 (CRN 20976 or 22091) for Advanced Health Seminars
  • To complete registration, click here


  • For seminars, you are still required to do a weekly article and class reflection, due by Saturday at 12:00 midnight to Canvas.
  • You may switch back and forth between seminars if you so choose, especially if you are deciding between different medical disciplines. Please make sure you choose a primary seminar first to attend regularly.


RHS Health Career Exploration Class

Thursdays – 5:15-6:05 p.m., SCI 109
Taught by Rural Health Scholars Staff

Are you interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, veterinary science, or literary any other healthcare field? This course is the course for you! We will explore the world of healthcare, helping students to identify career paths and the steps necessary to enter each field. We will discuss the requirements for graduate programs, the importance of service, loan forgiveness programs, hear from guest speakers, and learn about current developments in health care. THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ROCKY VISTA EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM.


Physician Assistant Seminar

Tuesdays – 6:00-6:50 p.m., SCI 109
Taught by Jacqueline Murray, PA-C, University of Utah PA Program

Discover the career of a Physician’s Assistant. Taught by local PA Jaqueline Murray, course content will cover the application process, specialties vs. primary care, emergency medicine, palliative care, SOAP notes, and general roles of PAs in Utah. This course is suggested for anyone interested in learning more about the PA career path, as well as those who have already decided this is the route for them.


Entrance Exam Prep

Mondays – 2:00-2:50 p.m. & 3:00-3:50 p.m., HCC 493
Wednesdays – 1:00-1:50 p.m. & 2:00-2:50 p.m., HCC 340
(Students required to attend ONE session per week.)
Taught by RHS Staff and mentors

For those taking their entrance exams this spring/summer. This class includes four practice tests in a simulated testing environment on Saturday mornings once per month. The first practice exam is Saturday, Jan 20, 2018. Tests included are the GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, and OAT. Students can attend whatever subject fit their interest and schedule based on their needs for their entrance exam. Students should plan on attending at least one hour or more per week in order to receive credit for BIOL 3000R. Based on entrance exam, students can pick and choose study sessions to attend. Students are highly encouraged to seek out additional test preparation materials (online, books, courses, etc.) in addition to this RHS course to succeed on entrance exams.


Dental Practicum

Wednesdays – 5:30-6:20 p.m., SCI 137
Taught by Ashton Prince, DMD, Bloomington Courtyard Dental

Dr. Prince will be teaching hands-on practicum, where students will be learning topics as well as head and neck anatomy. Specific dental topics will be covered, including the Dental field overall and the application process to dental school.


Physical/Occupational Therapy Seminar

Wednesday – 5:00-5:50 p.m., SAC 115
Taught by Paul Ogilvie, MS, PT, CCCI, Washington County School District

Paul Ogilvie, MS, PT, CCCI of the Washington County School District will be teaching a hands-on course, as well as going through the basics of getting ready to apply to physical therapy programs, P.T. and O.T. settings, the challenges of the career, and new areas of interest in this field.


Healthcare Ethics

Tuesday – 7:00-7:50 a.m., HCC 477
Elijah Fielding, PA-C, Red Rock Pediatrics

Are there times when it’s acceptable to cover up or avoid revealing a mistake if that mistake would not cause harm to the patient? This seminar will explore these types of dilemmas in healthcare, while introducing students to the ethical norms and expectations of the healthcare profession. As future healthcare providers, students need to develop their own set of ethics and standards by which they will practice, this seminar is an excellent start. Students of all levels and disciplines of Rural Health Scholars are highly encouraged to join this semester.


The Opiod Crisis and Addiction in Utah

Thursdays – 4:00-4:50 p.m., SCI 115
Rita Osborn, MBA, Director of Southern Utah AHEC

This seminar will explore the challenges for all health professionals (physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and others) as they cope with the issues involving prescription and non-prescription issues. Topics will include the opioid epidemic, mental health medication management, Big Pharma, and other addictions as they apply to the state of Utah. Students in all levels and disciplines of Rural Health Scholars are encouraged to join this seminar.


Medical Spanish

Mondays – 1:00-1:50 p.m., HCC 471
Kyle Cummings & Karen Corrales

Develop your medical terminology. This course will cover content from Barron’s Spanish for the Health Care Professionals. You should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language before taking this course. This course is suggested for those interested in attending a Spanish-speaking cultural immersion trip (such as the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua) or anyone who may work with Spanish-speaking patients in the future.


Healthcare Quality and Safety

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1:00-2:15 p.m., Performing Arts Bldg 124
Kasey Shakespear, MHA, MPH, MA

The Institute of Medicine defines patient safety as “indistinguishable from the delivery of quality health care.” In this course, students learn how quality measures and efforts reduce waste and improve the health and safety of those who the healthcare field serves. They become familiar with tools such as the PDSA cycle and Six Sigma, while learning about the current systems set in place to safe guard information and people in health care. This course covers best practices relative to patient quality and safety

NOTE: Please register for HLTH 3385 (NOT BIOL 3000R) for this course. It is a 3 credit hour class and is graded. Students are expected to still turn in a reflection journal to RHS at the end of the semester, but other course requirements will differ.