Hawai`i Island college students learned first-hand about the journey to becoming a physician when the University of Hawai`i Mānoaʻs John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) went on the road to Hilo with representatives of the ʻImi ʻHoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program and and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence went “on the road” to Hilo on April 20.
The University of Hawai`i at Hilo’s “Aspiring Doctors Club” hosted the medical school representatives at a “Pathways to Medicine” Workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence reaches out this way in workshops attracting thousands of students statewide each year.
Hiloʻs session included hands-on activities to give the students skills in:
- Skin suturing with arm mannequins
- Clinical skills and vital signs
- Demonstration on Problem-Based Learning (JABSOM’s method for education)
JABSOM faculty also provided advising sessions. “We had an amazing time with the Aspiring Doctors of Hilo,” said Dr. Winona Lee, Director of both `Imi Ho`ōla and the JABSOM Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence.
About the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence
The Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE) reaches out to 2,500 young people (from kindergarten to college) every year, helping Hawaiian students to become competitive applicants to all types of health professions. NHCOE’s pipeline efforts bore fruit in 2013, when nearly 25% of `Imi Ho`ōla applicants for the 2013 entering class are Native Hawaiian.
About the `Imi Ho`ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program
The `Imi Ho`ōla program provides educational opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to serve in underserved communities of Hawaiʻi. To date, 226 `Imi Ho`ōla alumni have successfully graduated from JABSOM. Of these graduates, 38% are Native Hawaiian, 85% are providing primary care services, and 96% are practicing in underserved and/or disadvantaged populations.
JABSOM is extremely proud to be the only accredited medical school in the U.S. to have a clinical department dedicated to the health of an indigenous people. The Department of Native Hawaiian Health at JABSOM houses both `Imi Ho`ōla and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence.
The Hilo event on April 20 was sponsored by the Diversity Equity Initiative, the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, the ‘Imi Ho’ōla Post Baccalaureate program, and Nā Pua No`eau.