Rutgers School of Public Health student, Dr. Saul Bautista, is one of only 60 veterans from across the country to be named a 2019 Tillman Scholar. The honor is awarded to military veterans and their spouses who are committed to making a difference in their communities.
After Dr. Bautista finished his tour of duty in 2008, he enrolled at Rutgers University-Newark to study biology. It was then, while working part-time at Liberty Science Center as an interpretive assistant with families and kids from the inner city, that he noticed how much a zip code matters when it comes to education and health.
That’s when Dr. Bautista decided to enroll in a dual MD/MPH degree program between Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and the Rutgers School of Public Heath. During his first year, he founded the NJMS Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group where he oversaw the implementation of student fitness programs and community lifestyle medicine initiatives. He also became involved in Code Blue: Redefining the Practice of Medicine, a documentary film produced by Rutgers undergraduate and medical school alum Dr. Saray Stancic, focusing on lifestyle medicine as a way of fixing our health care system.
Dr. Bautista is now a medical resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Prisma Health/University of South Carolina. He wants to make sure all parents and children, as well as community leaders, realize the importance diet, exercise and sleep have on long-term health.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 09