TAMC graduates health professionals

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
(From left to right) Col. Kent DeZee, Director of Health Education and Training, Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, U.S. Army Regional Health Command Ð Pacific Commander, and Commander of Tripler Army Medical Center, Col. Andrew M. Barr, present graduates with awards and their diplomas during the 2017 Graduate Professional Health Education graduation ceremony.   Tripler Army Medical Center sponsors 12 Graduate Medical Education (GME) training programs, with more than 240 trainees comprised of interns, residents and fellows.  The institution and its GME programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. (Photo by William Sallette, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

(From left to right) Col. Kent DeZee, Director of Health Education and Training, Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, U.S. Army Regional Health Command Ð Pacific Commander, and Commander of Tripler Army Medical Center, Col. Andrew M. Barr, present graduates with awards and their diplomas during the 2017 Graduate Professional Health Education graduation ceremony. Tripler Army Medical Center sponsors 12 Graduate Medical Education (GME) training programs, with more than 240 trainees comprised of interns, residents and fellows. The institution and its GME programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. (Photo by William Sallette, Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs)

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William Sallette
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Tripler Army Medical Center honored 122 health care professionals of the Graduate Professional Health Education program during a graduation ceremony, June 16.

TAMC sponsors 12 Graduate Medical Education (GME) training programs, with more than 240 trainees comprised of interns, residents and fellows. he institution and its GME programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The commander of TAMC, Col. Andrew M. Barr, hosted the event with Brig. Gen. Bertram Providence, U.S. Army Regional Health Command-Pacific commander, as the keynote speaker.

“It is the Graduate Medical Education programs at Tripler that provide for the future readiness of our Army and its medical department,” said Barr. “Remind yourself often of where you have been and why you do what you do – to serve patients and their families, to ease pain and suffering, to heal the sick and bring comfort to those in need, to make others whole again. Always listen first and place the patient first. Never stop learning.”

TAMC also has collaborative educational partnerships and agreements with the University of Hawaii, the Kapiolani Medical Center, the Department of Veteran Affairs, the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Institutional Review Board Consortium and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.

Forty-eight Army graduates and one Air Force graduate will move to operational assignments in South Korea, Germany, Egypt, Alaska, the mainland and Hawaii, while 61 Army graduates, one Air Force graduate and seven civilian graduates will commence additional residency or fellowship training beginning in July. The remaining four civilian graduates will start new jobs or pursue other professional and personal goals.

“The training you received here at Tripler is a solid foundation on which to build a career, but if you stop reading and growing today, then you stop learning, and the successful career as a health care provider requires that you be a lifelong learner,” said Providence. “I am proud of you, and I look forward to the excellent care you will provide to your patients and leadership you will bring to the military health care system.”

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