Uniformed Services University Student Elected to AAFP Board of Directors

2nd Lt. Brooke Sciuto is Native of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224

BOSTON — Second Lieutenant Brooke Sciuto, a student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and native of Mountain Top, Pa., has been elected to the board of the directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents more than 94,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Sciuto was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Student Members and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.

As the student member of the board of directors, Sciuto is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Student Members to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

A member of the AAFP since 2006, Sciuto currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development and as AAFP’s alternate delegate representative to the AMA Medical Student Section. She has been the student member of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors since January and represented the Uniformed Services AFP at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students in 2008 and 2009. As president of the Uniformed Services University Family Medicine Interest Group, Sciuto led the organization to a 2008 Program of Excellence Award. In addition, she served as an FMIG regional coordinator in 2008.

Sciuto graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2003. During her assignment as an acquisitions officer at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., she was awarded the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

As a medical student, Sciuto received first-place recognition for her research poster on preventing second heart attacks in patients who have had a myocardial infarction.

Sciuto has served as a medical volunteer in the local community’s Marine Corps Marathon and the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. She also volunteers with the Capital Area Food Bank, the GOSPEL Health Clinic Symposium and the Mobile Med clinic for underserved patients.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).