University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Student Interviews:

Shaun Pak, MS3

Profile:

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is located in the beautiful state of Hawaii and is the region’s only medical program, recently ranking #19 in medical schools for primary care by the U.S. World News and World Report 2016. The medical school is on the smaller scale and supports roughly 280 medical students. Affiliated hospitals include The Queen’s Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children, and other community hospitals across the island of Oahu. JABSOM is among the most culturally and ethnically diverse medical schools in the country, tying in with the mid-Pacific location with representation from Southeast Asia, Pacific island nations, and the State’s multi-cultural population. Some of JABSOM’s programs include ʻImi Ho’ōla (“Those who seek to heal”) and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence which strive to increase the number of under-represented minorities and disadvantaged physicians in the community.

Curriculum: JABSOM is a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum with a systems-based approach during the pre-clinical years of medical school. First year curriculum consists of systems including Cardiovascular & Pulmonology, Hematology/Oncology & Renal, and Gastrointestinal. The second year curriculum consists of systems including Neurology/Musculoskeletal/Rheumatology and Life Cycle. Clinical skills are integrated throughout the first two years of medical school through simulation labs, standardized patients, and clinical skills preceptorship. Students receive 10 dedicated weeks to prepare for the USMLE Licensing Examination Step 1.

Curriculum Highlights:

—Simulation: SimTiki Lab is JABSOM’S simulation program where students are given the opportunity to work with simulation models capable of recreating common clinical presentations. Students will often work in teams within a safe learning environment to practice collecting histories, creating differentials, and administering appropriate testing and treatment.

—6 Longitudinal: JABSOM offers an updated track during the clinical year of medical school called 6 Longitudinal (6L). Compared to the traditional blocks of medical school curriculum, 6L splits the third year into two halves: 6 months of inpatient service and 6 months of outpatient service. During the inpatient service, students will rotate through shortened blocks of different services (surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, etc.). During the outpatient service, students will rotate through different clinics following different preceptors throughout the week allowing for increased integration between the different practices.

—Community Health: Community Health is an umbrella term for multiple programs JABSOM offers students to participate in during the first year of medical school. Programs include Homeless Outreach & Medical Education (H.O.M.E.), Native Hawaiian Health, Medical Student Mentorship Program, and much more!

—ʻImi Ho’ōla: Imi Hoola (Hawaiian for “those who seek to heal”) is a post-baccalaureate program that serves to accomplish the mission of JABSOM in providing students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity of pursuing a career in medicine. It is a 12-month program in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health that selects up to 12 students each year to participate in the program. Upon successful completion, the students will matriculate into the MD program as a first-year medical student.

Location: Honolulu, HI. Located in the neighborhood of Kaka’ako, JABSOM is a standalone campus from the University of Hawaii at Manoa adjacent to the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. The campus is located near the ocean-side with beach access to Ala Moana and Magic Island that is within 10 minutes walking distance or 2 minutes driving. Kaka’ako is a neighborhood that prides itself in walkability as an epicenter of activities including a wide range of restaurants, shops, street art, farmer’s markets and boutiques.

Grading Scheme: 1st-2nd year – Pass/Fail, 3rd-4th year – Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail