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Margaret I. Aguwa, DO, MPH, FACOFP

Associate Dean and Professor Emerita; Chairperson Emeritia

MSUCOM and MSU Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Margaret Aguwa completed her medical degree at Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. After her internship at Tri-County Hospital in Philadelphia, she did a year of surgical residency in New York before joining a Family Practice group in Queens, NY. In1976, she accepted a faculty position at Michigan State University in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She attained full Professorship in 1991 and eventually became Chairperson of the Dept. in 2000. She was named Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Clinical Research in 2005. Over the years of her service at MSU, she held various positions including: Chairperson, University Medical Credentials and Privileges Committee; Director, Medical Internship Training; Faculty Excellence Advocate, representing the College of Osteopathic Medicine; Director, Departmental Clinical Enterprise; Deputy Medical Examiner, Ingham County Health Department; and also served as a US Civil Surgeon.

In 1992, Dr. Aguwa produced an instructional video-tape on Breast Self-examination. The video-tape titled “Breast Self-examination: A Touch of life” received a Merit Award from the American Cancer Society.  

In 2000, Dr. Aguwa founded the OsteoCHAMPS program as a health career pipeline for high school students from communities of need in Michigan. Dr. Aguwa was honored by the Detroit News Board of Directors as a Michiganian of the Year 2007. 

Dr. Aguwa is board certified in: Family Medicine; Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and has diplomate certificates in Health Policy (AOA) and Academic Medicine Leadership (Costin Institute).  She is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Retired from MSU in 2014 after 37 years of service, Dr. Aguwa authored numerous articles and book chapters; served on the editorial boards of the British Medical Journal-USA and The Johns Hopkins University Journal for Advances in Medicine. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services and helped to write the seminal principles on the training of primary care physicians and dentists throughout the United States. The “Dr. Margaret Aguwa Endowed Scholarship” at MSU helps support deserving MSUCOM students in financial need.

From 2014 till 2017, she served as the Medical Director for the Senior Community Care of Michigan, a PACE program in the Lansing community.

Married to Okechukwu Aguwa, PhD, Dr. Aguwa is a proud mother of two surviving sons and is Gigi to her 5 year old grandson, Dominick.    

Margaret I. Aguwa, BA, DO, MPH, FACOFP, has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Aguwa can be reached at or 517-881-7212.

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Cultural Competency, Recruitment & Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Healthcare

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit |  AOA Category 1-A Credit |  Family Medicine |  Gender Identity |  Genetics |  Immigrants & Undocumented Immigrants |  Medical Education |  Patient Experience & Needs |  Primary Care |  Professionalism
Margaret I. Aguwa, DO, MPH, FACOFP
1 Hour 2 Minutes
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In this presentation, the presenter will discuss the need for cultural competency in health care to deliver effective, quality care to patients with diverse beliefs, values, behaviors, and disabilitie...
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