Tripler holds ceremony for health education program graduates

| June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jan Clark
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

During Tripler Army Medical Center’s Graduate Professional Health Education Program commencement ceremony, June 18, Navy Capt. Christopher Culp, deputy chief of the Navy Medical Corps, addressed the 122 graduate students. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)HONOLULU — Opening the commencement ceremony, June 18, Commanding General Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher addressed the class of 122 students of the Graduate Professional Health Education Program assembled at Tripler’s flag, here.

 “For our students, this day culminates following many years of continuous and deliberate academic study; the mastery of hands-on technical skill; the compassion and empathetic bedside manners; long hours in the clinic; emergency room, operating room, and on the ward at the patient’s bedside; doing papers and exhaustive research; rotating off the island around the world; and performing thousands of face-to-face encounters with our most precious and important mission, seeing patients,” Gallagher said.

“This class, like all the classes before you, will maintain the honor of earning board certification in the first year of eligibility and ranked them among the very best in the DoD and amongst our civilian universities,” he continued.

The 2010 graduating class consisted of 112 Army officers, one Air Force officer and nine civilians. One hundred and two physicians, 13 psychologists, three pharmacists, three health care administrators and one oral and maxillofacial surgeon completed their residency training. The seven graduating fellows include four physicians and three psychologists. Sixty-five graduates completed their first year of post-graduate training.

Keynote speaker Navy Capt. Christopher Culp, deputy chief of the Navy Medical Corps and former deputy commander for Clinical Services, TAMC, addressed the 122 health care professionals and spoke of having witnessed firsthand the quality of education provided and the outstanding health care providers and officers who graduate from the various programs offered here.

“You are physicians, psychologists and owners of the system in which the patients who receive care wear the uniform of our country in time of war,” Culp said. “For many of you, an extraordinary demand will be your future.

“(Your mentors) have and will prepare you exceptionally well because you hold health, life and comfort in your hands. Because you wear this uniform, extraordinary demand is your destiny,” he said.

“For others, you will find yourself in crosshairs of events your children will later study. I don’t know what these demands and challenges and opportunities will be, and how they present to you, and how they will play out. That belongs to a future that, will be with you with astonishing speed. What I can tell you with certainty and experience is that when you return from Kuwait, Haiti or Iraq, by extension or wherever the defense will call you, you will feel a sense of pride, contribution of good, and of satisfaction that your colleagues will never know,” Culp continued. 

Sharing an observation of Louis Thomas, Culp’s favorite man in medicine, Culp read to the class “‘life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth, and we as physicians will always have first row seats.’”

“Well, indeed, all these years later (I) can only add, you as military physicians, many of you, will be asked to play starring roles, roles that this assembled group is absolutely confident you are extraordinarily well prepared to play,” Culp said. “Congrats each and every one of you on this milestone. (This is) a day to celebrate with your family with pride and a sense of achievement.”

Upon the last graduate’s walk across the stage to accept his or her diploma, a cake-cutting ceremony, in celebration of the Army’s 235th birthday, concluded the day’s event.

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