It isn’t cheap or easy to become a doctor. The median educational debt of MD program students at the University of Hawai`i medical school is $134,000 when they graduate. And after graduation, they face years of relatively low-paying work ahead as MD Residents, entry-level doctors who treat patients under the supervision of faculty as they further hone their skills.
86% of UH MD students on financial aid
So you can imagine the gratitude felt by the kama`aina men and women in our MD classes who receive help in the form of scholarships. In fact, 86% of John A.Burns School of Medicine students receive some sort of financial assistance. Programs that help our students in paying their tuition are the Federal Direct Lending Program, Armed Forces Health Profession Scholarship Program, National Health Service Corps and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. But essential help also comes from generous residents of Hawai`i who give because they are touched by the selflessness required of one seeking a career in health care, and because they know Hawai`i faces a critical shortage of physicians.
And so it was that the students were among those expressing their thanks along with Dean Jerris Hedges at the annual Dean’s Circle event, for the medical school’s most generous donors.
See our video from the event embedded above, or directly by clicking UH MED VIMEO..