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Colonel Aaron Saguil presents a holistic approach to medical school admission

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16 October 2017

Colonel Aaron Saguil
Colonel Aaron Saguil
Colonel Aaron Saguil, MD, MPH, FAAFP, the associate dean for recruitment and admissions at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine -- “America’s Medical School” -- in Bethesda, Maryland, will give a special presentation focused on a holistic approach to medical school admission, USUHS, and the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program. The lecture, open to anyone interested in attending medical school, will take place at 7:00 p.m. on October 23 in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.

Saguil is an associate professor of family medicine at USUHS and is on the faculty of the Fort
Belvoir Community Hospital Family Medicine Committee. He is a contributing editor to the American Family Physician, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physician’s residency. He also is the vice chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ MCAT validity commission on continuing professional development.

As associate dean for recruitment and admission at USUHS and a member of the MCAT validity committee, Saguil is uniquely situated to discuss the holistic review of medical school candidates, a process that looks at aspects of the applicant beyond metrics like GPA and the MCAT.

Saguil will also discuss USUHS and the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program. The mission of USUHS is to educate, train, and comprehensively prepare uniformed services health professionals, scientists, and leaders to support the military and public health systems, the national security and national defense strategies of the United States, and the readiness of our uniformed services. The Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program is one of the most comprehensive scholarships available in the health care field. Qualifying students can receive full tuition for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychiatric, nurse practitioner, psychology, or optometry program, plus a generous monthly stipend.

"We are not asking [students] for their money,” said Saguil, “we want their time and their service -- time spent serving their patients, the nation and the world."

Since completing his residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Saguil has been stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany; Fort Lewis, Washington; and Fort Gordon, Georgia. He has deployed to Afghanistan and served as the Chief of Primary Care for the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan; his actions in theater were recognized with the Bronze Star and the Canadian Chief of Defence Staff Commendation.

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