TRANSITION AHEAD: Third year MD students prepare for clerkship rotations (Slideshow)

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The University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) MD Class of 2015 is getting ready to begin its next phase of medical training, at the bedsides of patients in Hawai`i’s major heath care centers and clinics, watching and learning from our more than 1,000 volunteer clinical faculty (mahalo, Doctors).

It’s “Transition to Clerkship” for the soon to be MS-3′s (medical student, third year), as they encounter robotic patients, discuss their encounters, and learn from their successes—and especially their mistakes.

JABSOM trains 265 medical students each year. Ninety percent of our students are from Hawai`i. Our MD program uses a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum, so from the beginning of their studies, JABSOM students are in contact with robotic or trained volunteers who simulate being patients. They also learn within communities statewide, and take part in service learning, including assisting residents of O`ahu’s homeless shelters and those on the streets. For nine of the past 10 years, our students have scored above the national average in the US Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1.

Through JABSOM’s Hawai`i Residency Programs, JABSOM and its teaching hospital partners also train 240 new MDs who are employed and serving in health settings in Hawai`i under supervision while they work toward licensure and board certification. Those physicians are trained in 16 specialty training areas at The Queen’s Medical Center, Hawai`i Pacific Health’s Kapi`olani, Wilcox and Straub Medical Centers, Kuakini Medical Center, Wahiawā General Hospital, Tripler/Veterans Administration, Castle Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, plus community health centers statewide.

JABSOM is by far the major provider of medical doctors in the state of Hawai`i. JABSOM also confers graduate degrees in the Biomedical Sciences, Public Health Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders (audiologists and speech pathologists–our experts see patients, too) and JABSOM offers a B.S. in Medical Technology, training personnel who will lead the state’s medical laboratories.

The photo slideshow is by Arnold Kameda.

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