COM 25 Navigator

COM 25 Navigator: Edition 2, August 8

By COM 25 Navigator


Thank you to our OMS II tutors Emmanuel, Odette, Taylor, and Zoe! Make sure to utilize their services throughout the fall. (Email Crissi to schedule a tutoring session or ask questions.) 

You will no longer be required to check in every day. You will need to reserve pods through Skedda, but you don’t need to check in (at the front desk or when you’re in a pod).

Upcoming faculty and peer tutoring sessions:

Th, Aug 4; 12–1p: Anki Basics w/ Taylor Arren

Mon, Aug 15; 12–1p: Neuro tutoring review w/ 2025 tutors

Mon, Aug 29; 12–1p: Neuro tutoring review w/ 2025 tutors

(Links to tutoring sessions will be posted the morning of in Pronto.)


The eagerly-awaited Research House Sorting Day is nearly upon us. Please arrive at the Provo Rec Center multi-purpose room at 6 p.m. on August 10. We’ll eat dinner, sort first years into houses, and play games (Giant Jenga, Jackbox games, and more). If you are unable to attend, email Analane Powell.

Join Journal Club for their first meeting on August 29 at 5 p.m. Journal Club attendance is required for those in Research Track; Kandel House will be hosting this month’s meeting.   


Thank you for your patience. There were some login and timing issues, but it sounds like the preceptors are very impressed with your notes and work – keep up that momentum! 

Also, please enable notifications on your Microsoft Teams LCM page. Specifically, turn on notifications linked to your assigned preceptor. 

You can pick up your Intermountain badge and time card at the front offices of Building 5, where Student Affairs used to reside.

Problems? Questions? With any issues, reach out (first) to your Clinical Coordinator. (Your Clinical Coordinator’s name can be found in your Teams group page under “Files and Information Sheet.”) Or, swing by for office hours! We’ve loved chatting with you over the last week.

There’s an upcoming networking event with BIPOC healthcare professionals. UVU is hosting an interprofessional dinner on August 24, 5–7p.m. All students of color are welcome to attend; RSVP to Dr. Akunyili through email by Sunday evening.


Attention all club officers: RSVP and attend our Lunch and Learn on Monday, August 8 in the Building 5 Conference Room to go over club budget tracking and event planning. 
Enjoy Utah Valley nature. Sign up to go on hikes with the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group! Hikes occur every week through August and September.

Interested in neurology and psychiatry? Attend the Neuro/Psych Interest Group Meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at noon in the main area of Building 1.
The link to submit an excused absence request has changed; if you bookmarked it, please update it with this new link.


If you’re the first person to reserve a pod through Skedda, please include your class year in the title of your pod reservation. (This prevents students from accidentally mixing cohorts and having different curricula to complete.)

For printing requests, email Dana; pick up is in the lobby of Building 1.

Faculty and staff are moving into the north side of Building 4 floor. You can use the second floor (south side) study carols at any time, or the first floor testing center carols (except on exam days). Study carols are first-come, first-serve basis. You can’t leave personal belongings to claim a spot. 

Building 4’s hours will be extended soon for students’ use. 

COM 25 Navigator: Edition 1, August 1

By COM 25 Navigator

Welcome back, Noorda-COM Gnomes –⁠ campus hasn’t been the same without you!

If you hadn’t noticed, we’ve got new kicks –⁠ ya dig? Last year’s weekly email, the “Round Up,” has been rebranded into the Noorda-COM Navigator. This email will have everything you need to know about campus, classes, and all things in-between. (Last year’s email ran long, but this’ll be more concise.) And while you’re settling in, don’t forget:

  • We’re on Instagram and Facebook: Follow us to see more photo-filled highlights of life at Noorda-COM! 
  • Watch where you’re parking: Some students have parked in RMU spots. Our parking areas have changed slightly, so keep an eye out for parking signage! 


Support your new housemates and enjoy dinner + games at the Research House Sorting Night on August 10, 6–9 p.m. (This event is only for faculty and students.)

Get paid for elevating patient care. The Summit Patient Care Innovation Contest is accepting poster submissions until August 31. Submit your idea (on enhancing patient experiences) for a chance to win up to $10,000! Contact Dr. Bills immediately to register or ask questions.


Never get FOMO. We know you’re the experts in all things Noorda-COM now. But, if you aren’t in the loop, then join the Wellness eNCOMpass page and send your family a link for The Village.


Here’s the OMS II review schedule for Thursday, August 4: 

  • Dr. Kriak: 8–9:10a
  • Dr. Bahri: 9:10–9:55a
  • Bathroom break: 9:55–10:05a
  • Dr. Jimenez: 10:05–10:30a
  • Clinical Affairs: 10:30–11a
  • Dr. Akunyili (quiz questions): 11a–12p


LCM Course: Don’t forget to look at your LCM Teams Group and watch the videos on the general page. (Also, look over the calendar(s) and welcome sheet under the Files tab.) 

  • And, if you need to trade shifts, remember: you can only trade within your group

Professionalism: You are the face of Noorda-COM, and are our first-ever interaction with community preceptors. Don’t stress it, but work hard to make a good impression!

  • Never ask to go home early (it’s okay to leave if your preceptor voluntarily tells you that you may leave) 
  • Pay attention to workflow, bedside manner, office-staff interactions, etc.
  • Don’t ask questions about patients or their assessment/treatment. However, questions are acceptable if the preceptor starts teaching, or if you have questions about charting an encounter. 


  • Your badge does not give you free reign of the hospital. You have been granted select security access to follow your preceptor; cameras will record scribes that travel outside of their preceptor’s path. 
  • Your Intermountain badges and time cards are ready! Pick them up at building 5 (where Student Affairs used to reside). 
    • Problems with your badge or login? Email

Office hours: ClinEd’s office hours start on August 2, and are every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1–2 p.m. in the main room of building 1.

Elective Courses: There’s two fall and spring electives to consider: Leadership in Health Promotion (IDIS 204e) and an MSK (101e) Ultrasound course.

IDIS 204e (0.5 credits) helps students understand the traits of being a successful leader in healthcare, and the MSK ultrasound course (1 credit) teaches the foundational elements of ultrasound. Click here for more detailed course descriptions, information about pre-requisites, or to request an elective. Questions? Contact Dr. Rhodes.

Leadership in Health Promotion (IDIS 204e)   0.5 credits 

Leadership in Health Promotion course provides the student with an overview of qualities that help healthcare leaders be successful, including: relationship building, critical thinking, effective communication, strategic thinking and decision-making skills; business ethics, personal values, and more. 

Pre-requisites: None

[Request this Elective]

MSK Ultrasound (MSK 101e ) 1.0 credits

The MSK 101e ultrasound course teaches basic ultrasound principles. In this course, students will learn to perform basic, bedside, or point-of-care (POCUS) ultrasound examinations. The course begins with an overview of ultrasound physics, technology , “knobology.” Students will then learn the components of good scanning technique (hand positioning, movement, compression, preset selection, etc.) Additionally, in the MSK 101e lab, students will learn about common uses of beside POCUS.

Pre-requisites: (Successful) completion of OMED104 Structure and Function, CEPA 101, and OMED 102 Intro to OPP

[Request this Elective]

Please note that requested enrollment spots may be limited. In selecting students to participate; there will be eligibility criteria for pre-requisite courses of overall grades of 80% or higher, with no grade on an exam lower than 70%. (The student’s 2-digit score should be 50th percentile or higher.) Requests needs to be approved by academic affairs and the faculty.


Insurance: Waivers are due to HSAC on Sunday, August 31. If you haven’t submitted a waiver or it was denied, contact HSAC immediately. Questions? Contact Cary Beasley. 

Tuition and fees: If you haven’t paid your fall 2022 tuition and fees, please read through their catalog for information about late fees, or answers to general questions. 

Free therapy: Starting a new school year can be stressful, but we’re here to help! Alex and Marlene offer in-office or virtual therapy resources. [Schedule an Appointment] And don’t forget to take advantage of counseling resources through Student Linc

Discounted UTA passes: For $59/month, you can get unlimited access to UTA buses; Trax, and the Frontrunner. (You will be charged for the entire year upfront, but it’s prorated for the first month you sign up.) The pass is good through June 30, 2023; contact Cary Beasley with questions. [Request a Pass]

COVID-19 Updates

Campus COVID-19 Policy: Can I come to school if I’m sick? Does Noorda-COM monitor the spread of COVID-19? What’s the campus vaccination rate? All of these questions and more can be answered through this recent COVID-19 policy statement. 

Additional information and exact policies (on precautions, PPE, vaccines, testing, et.c) can be found in the “Infectious and Environmental Hazards Exposure” policy.

Does Noorda-COM offer antigen testing?

Yes. Rapid antigen tests are available inside the main lobby of Building 1 (Suite 100).

Does Noorda-COM monitor COVID-19 cases?

Noorda-COM has a task force, led by the dean’s and president’s offices, and composed of staff, professors, and students to monitor the regional and local impact of COVID-19. 

What’s the campus vaccine rate?

>95% of campus (faculty, staff, and students) is vaccinated.

What should I do if I’m sick?

If you get sick, stay home and scan the back of your badge for instructions on locating testing sites and submitting absence requests. 

If you are vaccinated, you must quarantine yourself for seven days. If you aren’t, you must stay in quarantine for ten days. (This begins on the day you first became symptomatic.) 

Once you begin to improve (no running fever and off of any pain medication), you still must wear a mask on-campus for another seven (if vaccinated) or ten (unvaccinated) days.

Finally, if you’ve had a COVID infection in the last ten days, are immunocompromised, or have not completed your vaccine series, you must wear a mask indoors and around others.

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