The Class of 2015 — the largest-ever entering MD class at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine — is having quite a week. It started Monday with orientation. On Tuesday, students were busy signing up for locations where they will perform community service. In this picture, a group gathers outside the room where interviews are underway to volunteer at a Kalihi heath clinic.
Our 66 newest MD students will celebrate their acceptance into JABSOM and the beginning of their medical education this Friday, July 22, at the White Coat Ceremony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort.
The White Coat Ceremony is named after the short white coats the students will receive, the jackets that make them instantly recognizable as medical students. Their parents will be proud, and cameras will be flashing. The Chancellor of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa will be there along with Dean Jerris Hedges to mark the occasion.
The class is in for quite a treat when time comes for the Keynote Address. Dr. Alson Inaba, Emergency Medicine Pediatrician, (Faculty, JABSOM Department of Pediatrics) will deliver the keynote address. (You may remember from recent news that Dr. Inaba was the first MD to incorporate the use of the Bee Gees Classic “Stayin’ Alive” as a pace keeper for learning to deliver properly timed chest compressions in CPR. His JABSOM technique is currently the subject of a national media campaign by the American Heart Association.) Dr. Inaba is this year’s recipient of the Leonard Tow in Humanism Award for Teaching at JABSOM, a recognition of both the passion he brings to teaching and the high level of compassion he shows to his patients and their families and loved ones. He was selected for the honor by the Class of 2011. Every Tow faculty award recipient is invited to deliver the keynote address at the next class’ White Coat ceremony. As a young man, Inaba toured with magician David Copperfield, so the Class of 2015 White Coat Ceremony should be a magical evening!