Gretchenjan Gavero, DO – Mānoa Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching Award


Gretchenjan Gavero, an assistant professor at JABSOM, is director of medical student education in the Department of Psychiatry and chair of the JABSOM clerkship education committee. Her teaching philosophy is built on four tenets: an attitude of gratitude for opportunities to learn and to give back; a strength-based approach toward each and every learner; being attentive to the dynamic nature of learning and the generation gap between teachers and learning, technology and media, and sociocultural issues, among others; and the inherently collaborative nature of learning. Gavero spearheaded a transformation of the residency training curriculum from primarily lecture-based to problem-based learning for advanced learners, implemented a successful interviewing skills seminar for beginning residents, designed sessions for medical students at different phases of development, and has led the exponential growth of psychiatry as a specialty above national averages. Her efforts have improved the experience of students, faculty, staff and residents, and led to her selection as the recipient of the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award.

May 2017 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team


IPASS Update


The Department of Psychiatry has initiated the IPASS system sign out into the clinical and training divisions. Training has begun in select areas, using the IPASS template in the Epic EHR. Our goal is to have all residents complete the IPASS video simulation by the end of January. Please see the link below for details.

IPASS Meeting Minutes 12-9-14

Public Loan Forgiveness Program


The University of Hawaii and UCERA employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The PSFL is a loan repayment program that is available to full-time public service employees. Borrowers can qualify for forgiveness of their remaining balance of their Direct Federal Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments made after October 1, 2007 while employed full-time by public service employers.

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April 2017 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Announcements and Recognitions:
    • Dr. Asad Ghiasuddin, interim DME-PC for QCS
    • Congratulations to Dr. Gavero for being selected by the ΑΩΑ as their honorary faculty inductee 2017; and for receiving the Chancellor’s Citation of Meritorious Teaching from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    • Thank you to Dr. Earl Hishinuma for his 20 years of University service.
    • Trisa Danz, M.D., Member, Council on Communications, American Psychiatric Association, 2017-2020
    • Completion of the CLER visit
  • Publications and Presentations:
    • Drs. Rachel Sy-Layug and Jillian Yoshimoto for presenting “Hawaii Behavioral Health 101: Integrating Resources Across the Islands” at the local osteopathic physicians and surgeons CME meeting
    • Chang, L., Akazawa, K., Yamakawa, R., Hayama, S., Buchthal, S., Alicata, D., Andres, T., Castillo, D., Oishi, K., Skranes, J., Ernst, T., & Oishi, K. (2016). Delayed early developmental trajectories of white matter tracts of functional pathways in preterm-born infants: Longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging data. Data in Brief, 6, 1007-1015. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.026.
    • Chang, L., Lim, Ahnate, L., Lau, E., & Alicata, D. (2017). Chronic tobacco-smoking on psychopathological symptoms, impulsivity and cognitive deficits in HIV-infected individuals. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. doi:10.1007/s11481-017-9728-7 [online first]
    • Wong, J. W. H., & Williams, S. R. (2017). The wandering woman: A case study of catatonia vs. factitious disorder. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 76(3), 82-84.
    • Guerrero, A. P. S., Beresin, E. V., Balon, R., Brenner, A. M., Louie, A. K., Coverdale, J. H., & Roberts, L. W. (2017). The competency movement in psychiatric education. Academic Psychiatry. doi:10.1007/s40596-017-0712-6 [online first]
  • Chair’s Updates: