Family Medicine and Community Health

Introduction | Faculty & Staff | Courses

The mission of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is training family physicians to provide excellent health care delivery and improve the disparate health status of disenfranchised populations of Hawai'i and the Pacific with full scope clinical services and developing health systems. FMCH is comprised of five divisions through which it accomplishes its mission: the Family Medicine Residency Program, the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, the research division, the pre-doctoral training program, and clinical operations.

The Family Medicine Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Graduates of the program serve in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and in rural areas of O'ahu and the neighbor islands. All residents spend at least two months in the Western Pacific providing on-site clinical care to the people of the Marshall Islands who were exposed to ionizing radiation from the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Program. The training is comprehensive and includes management of patients in obstetrics and and intensive care units in rural areas.

The Sports Medicine Fellowship Program graduated its first fellow in June 2004. This program seves to meet the state's high demand for quality sports medicine necessitated by Hawai'i's location, high prevalence of sports events, multiple recreational facilities and high proportion of athletes. The fellowship is involved in formulation of new sports knowledge via research of sports diet, training, injuries and is also looking to expand its outreach, teaching, and research capabilities.

The pre-doctoral division works with the Office of Medical Education to developcurricula in family medicine and primary health care that are sensitive to the health needs of Hawai'i's rural areas and the Pacific islands. It has generated strong interests in family medicine and Pacific health. For the past six years, 15-22% of the JABSOM class entered family medicine residencies.

Areas of research include: the impact of tobacco on health in the Marshall Islands, cancer prevention in the U.S. Associated Pacific Island Nations (USAPIN), ciguatera, Vitamin A and iron deficiency in the Pacific, developing continuing clinical education for all professionals

Phone: (808) 627-3235
The Physician Center at Mililani
95-390 Kuahelani Avenue
Mililani, HI 96789
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