70 future doctors graduate at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

70 future doctors graduate at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Credit: Courtesy Rebecca Perron

The senior intern, Lt. Cmdr. Maria L. Grauerholz, presents RADM Thomas R. Cullison, the deputy surgeon general and guest speaker, a gift on behalf of the class.

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Posted on June 30, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 5:27 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- It was graduation day at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

63 interns from the Navy, five from the Air Force and two civilians will be continuing their medical careers at bases across the country and around the world.

As first-year medical officers, they completed internship training in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and the Transitional Year Programs.

28 will remain at Portsmouth to pursue three years of residency to become specialists; 13 are headed to Pensacola where some will be flight surgeons; 12 will be taking care of the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; six are bound for the submarine base at Groton, Connecticut for careers in undersea medicine. The others will be stationed around the world in residency and serving as general medical officers on ships and naval hospital in locations like Japan, Hawaii, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Rear Admiral Thomas Cullison, the Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and a former commander of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, was guest speaker.

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