GPHE grads earn diplomas

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Capt. Michelle Maust (left), class leader, presents her 113 peers who make up the Class of 2012 during TAMC's annual GPHEC ceremony, held at TAMC, June 15. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

Capt. Michelle Maust (left), class leader, presents her 113 peers who make up the Class of 2012 during TAMC's annual GPHEC ceremony, held at TAMC, June 15. (Soraya Robello | Tripler Army Medical Center Visual Information)

Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center hosted its annual Graduate Professional Health Education Commencement ceremony, here, June 15.

More than 100 health care professionals received diplomas during the ceremony.

The class consisted of 101 Army officers, one Air Force officer and 12 civilians, of whom 98 are physicians, 13 are psychologists, two are pharmacists and one is a health care administrator. Five of the physicians are civilian residents sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, acknowledged the graduates’ long hours, hard work and dedication.

“As your commander, I want to thank you for embracing our TAMC vision for being the most trusted organization in the world,” Gallagher said. “You have learned how significant that trust becomes and have witnessed firsthand how much the patients cherish this relationship, your advice and the engagement established by you and your team.”

The keynote speaker was Dr. Emmanuel Cassimatis, an Army veteran who is currently president and chief executive officer of the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. He is also chair of the board of directors for the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Also, he has served as director of Psychiatry Residency Training at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as director of medical education for the Army Medical Department.

“Globally speaking, you are in a small, very fortunate minority, (and) I know it is not always easy,” Cassimatis said. “Frequent deployments in recent years have provided those of you in the military with the opportunity to repeatedly practice … good medicine in bad places.

“Bad places can be dangerous places, and they are far away, but they are not far from your colleagues, those who work with you and support you,” Cassimatis added. “(We deploy with those) who, for all our sakes, put themselves in harm’s way. And we need to treat their wounds and illnesses so that they can survive those bad places and come back alive to their loved ones.”

Forty of the military graduates will move to operational assignments in Korea, Germany, Honduras, Alaska, the mainland or stay here in Hawaii. Sixty-two Army graduates and four civilian graduates will continue additional residency or fellowship training starting in July. The remaining eight civilian graduates will start new jobs or pursue other professional and personal goals.

Tripler has 13 physician training programs, with 220 resident positions.

GPHE Graduation

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