FAMILY MEDICINE INTEREST GROUP reaches out to community

Compassion, caring and community involvement are important principles at the University of Hawaiʻiʻs John A. Burns School of Medicine, and the volunteer medical students and faculty in Family Medicine Interest Group demonstrated all three in the month of October.

On October 16, 2011 the Family Medicine Interest Group made an impressive showing in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk at Kapi’olani Park.  “Our team was 66 members strong this year, making us the largest group in the ʻSchoolʻ category,” said Dr. Jill Omori, of the Department of Family Medicine and Community health.

JABSOMʻs 66-member group at the Race for the Cure

The students also organized a ʻBreast Cancer Awareness Dayʻ at JABSOMʻs Kūlia Grill to promote awareness about the disease and raise a little over $4000.00 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, according to Omori.

JABSOM students and faculty in costume for kids

The JABSOM Family Medicine Interest Group, in partnership with the Hawai’i H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project, hosted two Halloween Carnivals for keiki at the stateʻs homeless shelters. At the Paiolu Kai’aulu Shelter in Wai’anae and the Next Step Shelter in Kaka’ako, 230 children received Halloween “goodie bags” and were treated to games, crafts, balloon animals, face and nail painting, bouncy houses, and other special treats. Meals were also provided at each of the events, along with popcorn and ice cream floats. The adults also got to join in the fun by dressing up in costumes and taking pictures with the “ghoulish” scenery brought out for the carnivals.

Photos: Mahalo Family Medicine Interest Group

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