JABSOM’s Dr. Izutsu, one of two honored with FACULTY DIVERSITY AWARD

UH Mānoa’s Commission on Diversity has honored two faculty members—Brenda Cartwright of the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, and Satoru Izutsuof the John A. Burns School of Medicine—with 2011 Faculty Diversity Awards.

The recognition is made annually to faculty demonstrating an exemplary and ongoing commitment to enhancing diversity.

For nearly 25 years, Dr. Izutsu—who holds the title of Director for Medical School Admissions and Vice Dean at JABSOM—has worked tirelessly to recruit, admit and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in medicine. His impact often begins with the annual selection of admissions committee members to cull through 1,800 applications, of whom 64 are accepted. He strives to assemble a committee of diverse ethnicity, professional discipline, country of origin and gender, who members function as an unbiased body to seek students who are committed to Hawai’i and as diverse as its population.In addition, since some applicants come from disadvantaged backgrounds, up to 12 of those on the cusp of acceptance are annually offered intensive support via a post-baccalaureate program, Imi Ho’ola, with provisional admission into JABSOM. This program has garnered the distinction of graduating over 200 physicians since its inception in 1973.
Story by Kay Fukuda of UH Manoa.
Above Photo: Dr. Satoru Izutsu of JABSOM and Brenda Cartwright of the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science have won 2011 Faculty Diversity Awards.For the complete story on the UH Manoa website, click here.

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