5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The medical school has excelled in training new generations of Native Hawaiian physicians. With generous financial support from The Queen’s Health Systems, the University of Hawai`i has recruited more than 225 men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds, including but not limited to Native Hawaiians, into a special MD preparation program.
Through intensive study during a one-year period, `Imi Ho’ōla (the `Imi Ho`ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program), helps aspiring doctors improve their understanding of biomedical sciences and the humanities, preparing them to excel at medical school. If they complete the program — which most of them describe as one of the most difficult, challenging years of their lives –the students are guaranteed acceptance into the next MD Class at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. This celebration is for that remarkable achievement by the `Imi Class of 2012-2013. A reception will follow in the room next to the Auditorium.
98% percent of the doctors trained through the `Imi program are practicing medicine in underserved neighborhoods in Hawai`i where they are needed the most, and 40% of them are Native Hawaiians.
Pictured are students at our `Imi open house in 2012.