JABSOM Academics


The Admissions policy and procedures of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) reflects its aim towards fulfilling the mission of the school, which is to train high quality physicians for Hawai`i and the Pacific.

Therefore, in addition to high academic potential, emphasis is also placed on personal attributes such as motivation, commitment to medicine, and an awareness of the world around the applicant.

JABSOM admitted 66 new entrants to the first year class on July 14, 2014.

The median cumulative GPA of the 2014 entering class:
Median Cumulative GPA 3.71
Median Science Cumulative GPA 3.66

The median MCAT scores of the 2014 entering class:
Median Verbal Reasoning 10
Median Physical Sciences 10
Median Writing Sample P
Median Biological Sciences 11

Application Requirements for the JABSOM MD Program
  • JABSOM subscribes to the philosophy that a physician should be broadly educated, able not only to understand and manage the physical part of the human body but also the social, cultural, and psychological components.

    Therefore, applicants are encouraged to obtain a broad education in the humanities and in the social and behavior sciences, in addition to satisfying the more specific basic science requirements set forth below.
    • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) must be taken within three years of the anticipated year of matriculation to medical school. The latest MCAT scores screened or re-screened in the application process are September of the year of application (May for Early Decision). MCAT test scores from January 2012 to September 2014 (May 2014 for Early Decision) will be considered for the 2015 entering class application cycle. Beginning with the 2016 entering class application, applicants must have a minimum verbal score of "6" on the "Verbal Reasoning" section.
    • 90 college-level semester credit hours completed coursework to include:
JABSOM Admissions Requirements for the JABSOM MD Program
Credit Hours
Biology with lab
General Physics with lab
General Chemistry with lab
Organic Chemistry with lab
Biochemistry (no lab required)
Cell and Molecular Biology (no lab required)

Each course should be acceptable for students majoring in these disciplines.

Additional enrichment in the biological and social sciences is encouraged.

The MD-MPH Combined Degree Program AMCAS deadline is November 1, 2014 (EST). Applicants for the 2015 entering class must fulfill all admissions requirements and deadlines to both the MD and MPH programs. MD-MPH Combined Degree Program applicants are required to concurrently submit an application to both AMCAS and to the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Graduate-MPH degree program.

For further information regarding the MPH degree program, please contact:
Andrew Grandinetti, MD, PhD
Associate Chair & Associate Professor
Office of Public Health Studies-Epidemiology
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
1960 East-West Road, Biomed D104L
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph#: (808) 956-7495
Fax#: (808) 956-5818
Email: andrewg@hawaii.edu

Problem-Based Learning (PBL):
For more information, attend one of JABSOM's PBL Demonstrations on
Friday, August 22, 2014 (1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.) or
Friday, December 12, 2014 (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is handled by the UHM's Financial Aid Services Office, and all correspondence should be directed to that office (2600 Campus Road, Room 112, Honolulu, HI 96822; phone: (808) 956-7251). Information can also be accessed through the internet at: www.hawaii.edu/fas.

Tuition and Fees
All tuition and fee charges are set by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents and are subject to change in accordance with requirements of State Law and/or the Board or Administration. For additional UH tuition information and fees, please see link to website: http://www.hawaii.edu/finaid/tuition.html. Current and approved tuition and fees are as follows:

(per year)
(per year)
*Student Fees

*Tuition & Student fees are subject to change.

Last revised: July 31, 2014


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