SENIOR LU`AU and Class of 2013’s parting gift

They put their heart and soul into it, and the Class of 2016 pulled off the annual miracle that is the Senior Lū`au for the graduating MD Class. The MD students raise the money to throw the last big party for the upperclassmen before Convocation each year. Alumni going back into the early years of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) usually mention the lū`au as a highlight of their school years. This year’s event was at the University of Hawai`i Mānoa Ballroom.

Health Sciences Library Gift

In addition to performing at the lu`au, our newest MDs also left a cash gift behind to benefit the Health Sciences Library at JABSOM. “We hope our donation in the sum of $1,200.00 will help to update the print collection of review books for the library,” said Class President Dr. Krista Kiyosaki. “All of the members of the graduating class have utilized the library’s resources (both print and online sources) and have benefited from the support of the library staff.”

Dr. Kiyosaki noted that the library’s upkeep and its staff made possible the independent learning and study required of students because of the nature of JABSOM’s Problem-Based Learning curriculum.

Pod-Vising Program for MD Students

The kane MD of 2013 strike a pose.

The kane MD of 2013 strike a pose.

The Class of 2013 also donated $300.00 to The Office of Student Affair’s JABSOM Mentorship Program (JMP), which involves MD students, and faculty and staff from the Office of Medical Education and the Office of Student Affairs. The co-coordinators of this Program in Student Affairs are Dr. Damon Lee and Ms. Karen Sakamoto.

“It’s where upperclassmen serves as mentors to lower classmen”, described Dr. Kiyosaki. “We form ‘pods’, (small groups which include everyone from MS1-MS4) and each pod has two faculty members involved, too. We recently had a large ‘pod vising’ session that involved students from the first, third and fourth-year classes,” Dr. Kiyosaki said. “It’s mostly a way for students to get advice from upperclassmen”. Also, the program helps to sponsor other events and panel discussions for career advising.

About the JABSOM Mentorship Program
A  handbook for the “pod-vising” system has been created for student and faculty mentors to guide them in becoming effective student mentors.  The system has two components –student activities and academic advising—which help students navigate their way through a number of key events in their medical education. First off is easing the transition of first-year medical students into medical school, with academic advising and enrichment and social events. The JABSOM Mentoring Program is involved in Orientation Week activities for the new students and special MD1 enrichment sessions.  The ‘pods’ are also a source for suggestions to assist second-year medical students as they prepare for the US Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, with the hope that they will pass on their first attempt.  The effort includes working collaboratively with organizations such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Society to sponsor Basic Science enrichment sessions on topics that students have identified a need for in preparation for the Step 1 exam.

Finally, the ‘pods’ are a source of advice for fourth-year students as they  prepare to graduate as MDs and enter residency training. That includes preparing for interviews at residency training sites, preparing for “Match Day” and transitioning into residency. The pods are there for our MD students all the way through Commencement.

For more information about the “pod-advising” program, contact Dr. Damon Lee at or Karen Sakamoto at .

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