MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Graduates of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune’s Family Medicine Residency Program were welcomed into the world of medicine after years as students, interns and residents at the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, June 28.
Twelve sailors graduated in the ceremony. Five earned the right to call themselves family physicians, one became an obstetrics fellow and six graduated from an internship program and prepared to begin their residency.
This is the 10th class to graduate. To date, 51 family physicians have been trained at the hospital. Hospital and program leaders are also looking forward to increasing the class sizes in coming years, said Capt. David A. Lane, the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.
“It’s been a wonderful and hard journey,” said Fofi. “To arrive at the end is very special.”
Other medical professionals, including assorted medical technicians and nursing assistants, also begin their journey through internships at the Naval Hospital.
The skills the doctors attained in the halls of the naval hospital were well earned, Fofi added.
During the three-year apprenticeship program, interns and residents assisted with the delivery of more than 105 babies and admitted more than 350 patients under the supervision of hospital staff.
More than 750 hours of lectures and more than 120 nights of duty on-call were spent at the hospital learning how to care for patients of every age and gender.
The residency program was recently awarded a five-year accreditation, which is the longest accreditation offered by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The program not only benefits those who use it before they can treat patients independently, it is also beneficial to the hospital. When a hospital trains medical professionals it elevates the know-how of the staff within the institution, said Lane.
“To teach, you have to be at the top of your game,” said Lane. “When you have students in the hospital, everybody has to be prepared to interact with them.”
The doctors will serve the Navy and Marine Corps throughout the world to include, Japan, the West Coast, U.S.S. Emory S. Land and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.
The doctors’ success as physicians will not be measured by how well they do, but how well those in their charge do, said Kiser.