Over fifteen doctors graduated from the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center residency program Friday.

The ceremony honored graduates from residency, fellowship, and graduate-level programs to include the Emergency Medicine Residency Program (EMRP), Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP), Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship (EMUFP), Family Medicine Obstetric Fellowship Program (FMOFP) and the U.S. Army graduate program in Anesthesia Nursing.

The group of graduates walked the stage to receive their diplomas, an Army commendation medal, and a coin.

Each program includes rigorous training that takes one to three years to complete.

"It is grueling, it's grueling," Capt. Vanessa Sieg said. "But it's worth it. You take it day-by-day sometimes. Some days are harder than others, some days are easier than others, but the inspiration and mentorship from the people around us and our patients, our families keeps us going."

Both the EMRP and the FMRP are required residencies for doctors to be eligible for board certification in their respective fields. The FMOF augments obstetric care skills in order to facilitate safer deliveries for patients. The Anesthesia Nursing Program provides doctoral-level education and training to nurses who will obtain board certification in the administration of anesthesia.

This is just the beginning for the graduates, however.

"This is the capstone of an education, many years, many hours, but also the foundation of an Army career to come," Sieg said.

Graduates of the residency program now face their next task: to practice medicine. The doctors are being stationed out to places like Key West, Florida; Fort Bliss, Texas; and or even staying put at Fort Hood.