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New leadership elective wins praise
Date: June 08, 2010

Dr. Jill Omori, left, with the leadership students and UH President Greenwood

Several fourth-year students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) recently completed a new course at the school, an elective that focused on leadership. Click FULL STORY to read more and hear ON VIDEO from one of the students who took part in the inaugural class.

The leadership in medicine course, which will be repeated in the future, provided an intensive, close-up look at what makes a good leader. As part of their study, the students interviewed President of the University of Hawai’’i System, Dr. MRC Greenwood.

The leadership class, created by Dr. Jill Omori of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, involved several medical students who had been active with the medical school’s HOME (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project. While working with HOME, which was also founded by Dr. Omori, medical students volunteer twice a week to treat residents of four homeless shelters on O’ahu.

Through their service to others in the HOME project, the students began to realize they intend to assume leadership roles in the community during their medical practices. During the leadership course, they heard first-hand about challenges leaders face, in free-wheeling discussions with Dr. Greenwood, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, UH Manoa medical school Dean Jerris Hedges and State Senator Josh Green.

Dr. Kate Pettigrew, who graduated from JABSOM in May, is beginning her training in Emergency Medicine. She felt Dr. Greenwood demonstrated one of the most important qualities of being a good leader: keeping a cool head during crises.


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