Juniors and seniors from the Kamehameha Schools, established by Hawaiian Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop to provide for the education of Native Hawaiian children, visited the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), part of the University of Hawai`i, on May 9. The JABSOM Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence hosted the half-day student field trip, as part of its mission to inspire young people, especially those from under-served communities, to consider health careers. The Center’s Dr. Sasha Fernandes asked Dean Jerris Hedges to tell the students something about his personal journey to becoming one of only about 130 deans of medical schools in the United States. When the Dean shared that he grew up in a rural community and attended a small, not very notable high school, his story connected with a student whose roots are in rural Wai`anae on O’ahu’s Leeward Coast.
Stay tuned for more vignettes from the Kamehameha Schools visit. Mahalo to Arnold Kameda and Jacob Bryan Aki.