We would like take a moment today to express our respect, honor and gratitude to all the men and women who have served our country. We remember the words of Douglas MacArther who said, "Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be."
Today we would like to highlight two of our current students who are making the transition from soldier to physician:
"Many people focus on the differences between medicine and the military but I see the two linked through a common core value of selfless service. Looking back at my time experiences in the military, the medical providers I worked with in combat inspired me. They used their skills and talents to create good in dark situations and provided help to whomever needed it. Medicine had the powerful ability to transcend different backgrounds and ideologies which moved me and made me want to explore a career in the healthcare field."
"I enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2008 as a Civil Affairs Specialist. Following my initial entry training, I became a paratrooper and an Arabic linguist after attending the Defense Language Institute. After graduating from George Mason University with a B.A. in Global Affairs, I worked for various Federal agencies as an intelligence analyst. When I returned from most recent Army deployment to the Persian Gulf in 2017, I received an honorable discharge but now I plan to commission back into the military as a physician through either the Health Professions Scholarship Program or the Uniformed Services University."
To all of our current, former and future students who have taken the oath to serve your country, we humbly say, "Thank you!"