Tidelands Health physician welcomes new military doctors
A longtime Tidelands Health physician with more than 30 years of military service helped usher in a new class of military doctors at a ceremony in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Dr. Gerald Harmon, a family physician and vice president of Tidelands Health Group, served as the guest speaker at a military promotion ceremony on May 19 for Health Professions Scholarship Program graduates from the Carolinas Campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, the only osteopathic medical school in South Carolina. Ten graduates in the scholarship program were promoted to commissioned positions within their respective military service’s medical corps.
“It was an honor, more than 40 years after I earned my commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program, to speak to students treading a similar path,” Harmon said. “One day their involvement in the military may end, but their service to our country will continue through their work in the medical field.”
In 1973, Dr. Harmon was a member of the inaugural class of medical students to earn a medical degree through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. The federal program offers aspiring physicians a paid medical education in exchange for active-duty service as a commissioned medical officer.
In a speech to approximately 150 people at the promotion ceremony, Dr. Harmon encouraged program graduates to recognize their potential and strive to become strong leaders.
They’ll head next to residency placements at civilian and military medical institutions across the country before completing active-duty obligations.
In addition to serving as the guest speaker, Dr. Harmon also administered the oath of office to students earning promotion within the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Harmon served for four years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, gave eight years of active service to the U.S. Air Force and served more than 20 years in the South Carolina Air National Guard.