Tripler graduates 121 health care professionals

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command Graduate Health Education students render a salute at the start of the TAMC commencement ceremony, June 13. The health care professionals will be moving on to assignments in Korea, Germany, Egypt, Alaska, the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

Spc. Paxton Busch, Pacific Regional Medical Command
Graduate Health Education students render a salute at the start of the TAMC commencement ceremony, June 13. The health care professionals will be moving on to assignments in Korea, Germany, Egypt, Alaska, the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

Ana Allen
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU — The newest batch of health care professionals, 121 in total, successfully completed Tripler Army Medical Center’s Graduate Health Education program, Friday.

The graduating class, comprised of 107 Army officers, one Air Force officer and 13 civilians, completed the premiere program that contributes about 16 percent of the Army’s licensed physicians annually.

This commencement marks 65 years of excellence and accredited graduate medical education at TAMC, which has been training physicians and other health professionals since 1949.

Several graduates will go on to operations assignments in Korea, Germany, Egypt, Alaska, the continental U.S. and Hawaii, along with others progressing to additional residency or fellowship training.

“I am so proud of the personal and professional achievements this group of men and women have accomplished. After many months of long hours and dedicated research, and probably several thousand cups of coffee, today represents a new step forward for you as you join the best and most powerful system for health in the world,” said Brig. Gen. Dennis Doyle, commander, TAMC and Pacific Regional Medical Command.

“The value each of you has added to our TAMC ohana during your tenure is immeasurable,” Doyle continued. “In terms of health care production, you have carried a respectful amount of weight in delivering patient care. The hours you’ve worked helped us improve patient care quality, ensure patient safety and maintain the access to care that our beneficiaries both expect and deserve.”

Former TAMC commander, Dr. (Maj. Gen.) Carla Hawley-Bowland, the first-ever female Medical Corps general officer in the history of the Army, and the first and only female chief of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was the keynote speaker.

“You should all be very proud of your accomplishments, so celebrate, for you are the future of Army Medicine,” said Hawley-Bowland. “As you launch into the specialty of your choice, whether going on as an intern, going on to further study or really stepping out on your own, develop a passion for your chosen profession.

“In other words, fall in love with your field,” she added. “Then you will have no problem developing a habit of lifelong learning, and you will stay up to date. Keep learning and practice every day with honor and joy.”

Attending Tripler’s Graduate Health Education program is highly sought after, said Col. Holly Olson, director of Medical Education.

“Our geographic location, here, in Hawaii, makes for an incredible educational setting,” said Olson. “Our students see diseases here that they wouldn’t see elsewhere, and in an educational setting, this allows us to produce top-notch and well-rounded providers.”

Olson noted that TAMC graduates also boast some of the top scores in the nation for board certification and in-training examinations, as well as having won awards at both the state and national level for medical research.

Tripler is a major teaching center that sponsors 13 physician training programs with over 220 resident positions in child and adolescent psychiatry, diagnostic radiology, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, transitional year and urology.

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