GIFT FOR STUDENT RESIDENCY TRAINING: Physicians’ Anesthesia creates new award to support aspiring anesthesiologists

Dr. Jason M. Isa, a 2002 MD graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), remembers how challenging it can be for aspiring anesthesiologists from Hawai`i to pursue that field. Without an anesthesia residency program here in the 50th state, new JABSOM graduates interested in the specialty must receive their required post-MD training on the U.S. mainland.

“I still remember back when I graduated. The anesthesia programs are at least 3,000 miles away. The moving expenses, everything…it’s a taxing time. So we decided we would try to target our gift to help anesthesia students, to ease the transition from them being a student in Hawai`i to going into anesthesia residency on the mainland,” said Dr. Isa.

To ease that path for future doctors, Dr. Isa and his colleagues at Physicians’ Anesthesia have made a five-year pledge to create an endowed cash award for a graduating medical student who has “matched” into an Anesthesiology residency. The award will be given at the JABSOM MD Convocation ceremonies each May.

“In a way it’s kind of like propagating our practice,” said Dr. Daniel C. H. Kidani. “We want to show them that they are supported and that there are opportunities to come back home and there are physicians in the community who are looking out for them.”

The anesthesia group’s members also volunteer at the medical school as clinical faculty, teaching JABSOM students.

“The medical school really for the state is a real asset because it provides local people the education,” said Dr. Michael K.J. Hee. “It offers an ability to come back, to encourage the next generation to come back. We appreciate the opportunity (to give). These opportunities don’t come along where we can make a difference in the community and I think the medical school makes a huge difference and it’s great to be a part of it.”

Dr. Yee explains that anesthesiologists are physicians who know how the body works and how drugs work. “We manipulate those systems to maintain life support so that various procedures can be done,” said Dr. Yee.

Physicians’ Anesthesia met with JABSOM Dean Jerris R. Hedges, MD at the Kaka`ako campus in August 2013 to present their initial gift.

“Dr. Isa and his colleagues already give back to JABSOM by serving as volunteer faculty, helping to teach medical students about their role in medicine,” said Dean Hedges. “Now they are extending their generosity to Hawai`i’s medical school through this award, for which we are grateful.”

On behalf of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s students, mahalo, doctors!

Pictured are members of Physicians’ Anesthesia with JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges, MD; Associate Deans Roy Magnusson, MD and Richard Kasuya, MD; and Office of Student Affairs Director Richard Smerz, MD.

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