CME CONFERENCE: MD Class of 89′ Reunites

By Richard Kasuya, MD 
Associate Dean for Medical Education

Alumni from both near and far returned to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) for an informative and fun morning of continuing medical education at the 2014 JABSOM Alumni CME Conference.

The conference was entitled, “Specialty Updates for the Non-Specialist“, and was coordinated by the JABSOM Class of 1989, which is celebrating their 25th reunion this summer.

Headlined by Dean Hedges’ address to the alumni on the status of the medical school, other presentations – all by alumni from the Class of 1989 – included informative and fascinating updates on oncology and gastroenterology; a review of some of the meaningful work that The Queen’s Medical Center is engaged in to improve the health of Native Hawaiians; an inspiring personal account of the rewards of participating in medical missions; practical and insightful advice for maintaining physician well-being; and a fun look at how medical student education at JABSOM has changed in the past 25 years.

Conference planning committee member Kara Yamamoto (JABSOM Class of 1989) described the special tone of this conference.  

“It is wonderful to see classmates and alumni from different decades come together to learn, catch-up and laugh. We wanted to try to carry on the tradition started by earlier classes to create a high quality CME conference that we all look forward to attending each summer.  We couldn’t be happier with this year’s conference, and are already looking forward to next year’s,” said Dr. Yamamoto.

2015 will mark JABSOM’s 50th anniversary, and plans are underway to offer a very special JABSOM Alumni CME Conference as part of the year’s festivities.  Be on the lookout for more information soon!


Class of 1989

Class of 1989 Alums (left to right) Gerard Akaka, Richard Kasuya, Kara Yamamoto, Neal Shimoda, William Loui, Elton Katagihara and Clifford Char



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