TAMC graduates are military medicine’s future practitioners

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments
The 121 students of the 2011 Graduate Professional Health Education Class receive recognition during their commencement ceremony, June 17, by the flagpole at TAMC’s Oceanside entrance. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)

The 121 students of the 2011 Graduate Professional Health Education Class receive recognition during their commencement ceremony, June 17, by the flagpole at TAMC’s Oceanside entrance. (Daniel Kawasaki | Tripler Army Medical Center)

Nick Spinelli
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center honored 121 members of the Graduate Professional Health Education Class of 2011 in a commencement ceremony, here, June 17.

In his remarks, Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, Pacific Regional Command and TAMC, recognized the growth the graduates have shown during their time, here.

“You were all so very young, inspiring (and) full of energy,” he said. “Over the years, you have absorbed knowledge at incredible speeds and stored tremendous intellect.

“The entire TAMC team has been honored and privileged to serve and train each of you,” Gallagher continued. “We close this chapter and send each of you to the rest of the military and Veterans Affairs, but as a wiser, more confident, accomplished and independent clinician or administrator.”

Col. Charles Callahan, keynote speaker and chief of staff, National Naval Medical Center, in his address, advised the graduates to focus on competence, character and consistency to become the very best leaders they could be.

“These are the foundations of the kind of tactical leaders (that) Army medicine, Navy medicine, Air Force medicine and joint (ventures) will need to help us negotiate the stormy seas ahead,” Callahan said.

Callahan said graduates need to remember why they do what they do, and why they are needed to stay successful.

“Your patients — each one of them — are telling you a story, today, about their lives, their struggles, their pain and their passion,” he said. “All you have to do is ask them and listen … and you will remember why.”

Students who made the best presentations or developed the best research during the course of the program received awards. In turn, graduates recognized their teachers for faculty excellence.

When the commencement ceremony ended, the graduates joined attendees, special guests and the command staff in celebrating the Army’s 236th birthday.

 

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