DEADLINE MARCH 31: Enter the PMAG-UH JABSOM Medical Professionalism Essay Contest

The PMAG-UH JABSOM Medical Professionalism Essay Contest was established to promote professionalism among physicians and physicians in training at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine. The contest is being generously funded by PMAG (Pacific Medical Administrative Group, Inc.), which is one of Hawai`i’s leading IPAs (Independent Physician Associations), made up of more than 700 physicians on O`ahu, providing high quality care to more than 86,000 people in Hawai`i.


Essays must clearly identify and demonstrate understanding of one or more of the following seven attributes/domains of medical professionalism:

  •   Honesty/Integrity (truthfulness, adherence to ethical principles)
  •   Responsibility/Reliability/Accountability (punctuality, compliance, accountability, feedback
  •   Respect for colleagues, faculty and staff (appearance, interactions, teamwork)
  •   Altruism (concern for others)
  •   Empathy (compassion)
  •   Commitment to Excellence (goal setting, motivation)
  •   Respect for patients (relationships, autonomy, confidentiality)
  • The following resources may be helpful:
    • JABSOM Objectives for Graduation – see VI. ACGME Core Competencies– see IV.A.5.e

Essays must be no more than 3 pages long (Times New Roman, 12 font, single line spacing).

  • Citations and bibliography are optional.  If included, they will not be counted as part of the 3 page maximum.
  • Essays must be the original work of the contestant.  Plagiarism is prohibited
  • Essays should not identify the contestant or any other individual by name or description.
  • The contest is only open to current UH JABSOM medical students, residents, fellows and faculty (regular or clinical faculty with active    appointments).
  • PMAG Board Members and UH JABSOM Professionalism Task Force members are ineligible.
  • Only one essay per person may be submitted.
  • Essays and entry forms must be submitted electronically to Tracy Ann Sonomura at by March 31, 2013 (midnight HST).
  • The subject line should read “PMAG-UH JABSOM Medical Professionalism Essay Contest”.
  • Winners will be announced by May 1, 2013.
  • Winning essays may be used for educational purposes and/or published.


● Student 1st place $400                           ● Student Runner-Up $100

● Resident/Fellow 1st place $400           ● Resident/Fellow Runner-Up $100

● Faculty 1st place $400                            ● Faculty Runner-Up $100


PMAG (Pacific Medical Administrative Group, Inc.) is one of Hawaii’s leading IPAs (Independent Physician Associations) and is made up of more than 700 member physicians on Oahu, providing high quality care to more than 86,000 people in Hawaii.

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