VIDEO: New beginning for post-MD graduate medical education

The University of Hawai’i (UH), UH Manoa (UHM), the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the Hawai’i Residency Programs, Inc. (HRP) signed an agreement June 21, 2012 to define and improve the governance structure and organization of federally-accredited (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) post-MD training in Hawai’i.

JABSOM and HRP will partner to establish a Council on UH Graduate Medical Education, which will allow for system-wide and strategic program planning in a single collaborative body. On July 1, 2012, Dr. Naleen Andrade will assume the post of Designated Institutional Official at JABSOM.

The Board of Directors of HRP, a non-profit organization, is comprised of JABSOM and representatives of four  medical centers which partner with the UH medical school in training post-graduate physicians in more than a dozen medical specialties or subspecialties. The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC), Hawai`i Pacific Health (HPH), Kuakini Medical Center (KMC) and Wahiawa General Hospital (WGH) are hospitals where JABSOM faculty and trainees are primarily based in, respectively, the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Psychiatry and Pathology (at QMC), Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health (at HPH), Geriatric Medicine (at KMC) and Family Medicine (WGH). Other training partners include Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i, Tripler Army Medical Center, VA Medical Center and the State Department of Health.

Between the students studying to earn their MDs and the MDs training to obtain their specialty or subspecialty training, JABSOM oversees the medical education of more than 500 health professionals per year in Hawai’i. JABSOM’s partnership with HRP and Hawai`i’s major medical centers ensures a high-quality physician workforce for the State. Nearly 50% of all physicians currently treating patients in Hawai’i are graduates of the JABSOM MD program, its post-MD training programs, or are faculty of JABSOM. In June 2012, 75% of Hawai’i’s “Best Doctors” identified by a national organization were alumni and/or faculty of JABSOM.

At the Bachman Hall signing were UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, HRP CEO Richard Philpot, UHM Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Gary Kajiwara, Chair of the Board of Trustees of HRP and CEO and President of Kuakini Health Systems, Inc.
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