Interns and MD Residents prepare for another year serving and training

New interns joined with “residents” of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the Hawai`i Residency Program, Inc. (HRP) for a reception at the University of Hawai`i medical school on June 28, to relax a bit before a new year of training begins.

“Residents” are MDs practicing medicine while training in their specialty or sub-specialty areas under the supervision of specialists. “Interns” are brand new “residents”. Got all that?

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 Wahiawā General Hospital (WGH) are hospitals where JABSOM faculty and trainees are primarily  based in, respectively, The Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Pathology, and Psychiatry (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.
Tina Shelton photos and story.

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