Forty-four doctors from Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center received certificates from Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, commander, in the 38th Annual Completion of Residencies Ceremony. Approximately 150 family members and friends attended the ceremony, which took place Friday in Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon.
"It's been a long journey," said Capt. Jason Alisangco, who completed his residency in family medicine. "I'm happy with all the support of my family and friends, and the great training provided here at Eisenhower."
Alisangco will remain at Eisenhower for his next military assignment. The next location of duty was announced for the graduates as they received their certificates, with 20 remaining at Eisenhower; three going to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; five going overseas; and the remainder transferring to other military bases in the United States.
The keynote speaker was retired Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, former commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and current executive director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Weightman completed his residency at Eisenhower.
After the presentation of certificates and awards, family members were asked to stand and be recognized for their support of the doctors during their training. The graduates loudly applauded their spouses and family members.
"It's a sense of accomplishment for both me and my family after the challenges of the past nine years of medical school and residency," said Capt. Paul Brewer, an orthopedic surgeon. "It's a sense of honor to know I'm not just doing the medicine that I love, but I'm doing it for my country."
The national anthem and The Army Song were provided by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gary Dorrell, band commander.
A reception in the medical center dining facility immediately followed the ceremony.