ALOHA! Our new first-year MD students are in Orientation this week

<Story posted July 15, 2013> This week is all about the MD Class of 2017 at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The new class members (66 men and women chosen from 1,600 applicants!) are in orientation sessions for their first five days on campus. On Tuesday, students will be begin signing up for locations where they will perform community service, and be photographed for their student IDs. Check our snapshots taken during their first-day “mixer” assignment. FLICKR CLASS MIXER.

The MD students, (Nearly 90% of the class are Hawai`i residents) will celebrate their acceptance into JABSOM and the beginning of their medical education Friday, July 19, at the White Coat Ceremony at the Kaimuki High School Auditorium.

Neighbor island students in the Class of 2016 before their White Coat Ceremony.

Neighbor island students in the Class of 2016 before their White Coat Ceremony.

The White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is named after the short white cloaks the students will receive, placed on their shoulders during the ceremony by JABSOM-trained physicians. The waist-length jackets (versus the knee-length white coats physicians wear) make MD students instantly recognizable as learners. The ceremony is always joyful, with proud parents and friends flashing cameras and dazzling smiles. The Chancellor of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will be there along with JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, MD to mark the occasion.

Dr. Melani Arakaki, Hilo physician and JABSOM alumna.

Dr. Melani Arakaki, Hilo physician and JABSOM alumna.

Keynote Speaker

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Hilo physician Dr. Melanie Arakaki, a JABSOM alumna. Dr. Arakaki is the 2013 recipient of the Leonard Tow in Humanism Award for Teaching at JABSOM, a recognition for both the passion she brings to teaching and the high level of compassion she shows to her patients and their families and loved ones. She was selected for the honor by the Class of 2013. Every Tow faculty award recipient is invited to deliver the keynote address at the next class’ White Coat ceremony. Dr. Arakaki, a prolific Facebook fan, has boundless energy, and is incredibly proud of the MD students she nurtures at her doctor’s offices in Hilo.

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(UHMEDNow Editor’s Note: Students, we’ve been waiting for you to arrive, and we are excited to get to meet you! The Communications Team invites you to LIKE us on FACEBOOK, follow us on Twitter and call upon us anytime we can help you! Tina Shelton, Communications Director, can be reached at and (808) 692-0897. On the home pages of UHMEDNow and JABSOM, on the lower right hand side, we have logo-clickable links to all our social media news sites, including our videos on VIMEO and YOUTUBE and our photo stream on Flickr.)

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