Updated: Sep 16, 2020
We have loved our experience at RVU. My husband is the med student and we have one son who was 18 months when we started our journey in beautiful Southern Utah. When we were going through the application and interview process this was the program that just felt right for us.
RVU has been a great school for my husband and being in this program with the super supportive and experienced faculty and staff has made a difficult journey more bearable. I have always felt that they care deeply about the students AND their families from the amazing janitors all the way up to the school president. They want every student to succeed and give them opportunities and tools to be successful. They build camaraderie and healthy competition between the students. They support student led organizations and are concerned for the students mental and physical wellness. There are clubs, activities, intramurals, fit Fridays, Nerf wars and many other systems and organizations to support students mental and physical wellness. The school goes above and beyond to include and support med students and their families (significant others, spouses and children) throughout their time at RVU. I can’t believe we have been here for almost two full school years. I can’t imagine having gone through this experience anywhere else.
Besides the merits of the school itself, we have enjoyed living in Southern Utah. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to live with the awesome community and the majestic red mountains. There is always something to do.
In Ivins, there is the beautiful Snow Canyon State Park and you are less than an hour away from Gunlock and Sand Hollow Reservoirs, Veyo, Pine Valley, and Zion National Park. There are hundreds of great parks, splash pads for cooling down, and amazing hiking trails.
St. George is so historic and offers plenty of museums and landmarks to explore both ancient and modern. There are farmer’s markets and the awesome St. George StreetFest for more than half the year with food trucks and local vendors. There is also the amazing Tuacahn outdoor amphitheater. If you like theater at all you will love seeing their magnificent musicals, shows, and concerts. They usually give discounts through RVU to the students so make sure to check that out.
There are lots of delicious places to each and we loved supporting local businesses. If you have kids, there is an awesome Children’s Museum, a wildlife museum, and my son’s favorite, the Dinosaur Discover Site.
St. George has something for everyone…seriously. Check out the Starving Student Card for fun places to eat and discounts for local shops. There is so much to do, and two years was not nearly enough time to do it all.
When I talk to other spouses and partners, they say that one of the things they appreciate the most about being at RVU is how much support is available. RVU is aware of how hard med school is on students and their families. It is very demanding, and it can be hard to find balance between school and home life. Support is there…from the school and the organizations they support including our “Medical Spouses and Partner’s Group”. I feel so blessed that this is where we are starting our med school journey.
I asked several significant others and spouses what their favorite thing about RVU has been. This is what they had to say: