Dean’s Message

Photo of Dean Jerris Hedges at 2018 Kihei Ceremony.


Aloha, we extend a warm welcome to you for visiting our website, to learn more about the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi. Our medical school is among the most diverse in the nation, and our students consistently score above average in the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1.

Jerris Portrait
Dean Jerris Hedges

Our medical students also learn through a unique “problem-based learning” curriculum which emphasizes intensive learning in small group sessions and hands-on clinical training with standardized and mannequin patients through all four years of study. More than 2,000 applicants annually seek to become members of our next 70-person MD class. Note that we plan to incrementally increase our entering class size to 76 matriculating students by 2020.

We also train another 225 post-MD residents and fellows while they work toward licensure and board certification in 16 different specialty training areas. JABSOM works with the Hawaiʻi Residency Programs to partner with local teaching hospitals and community health centers statewide to provide bedside training for our third and fourth year medical students and supervision of our MD Residents and Fellows.

As a medical school, our primary job is to produce MDs – and over half of the practicing physicians in Hawaiʻi are employed by JABSOM or are graduates of the JABSOM MD or JABSOM Hawai‘i Residency Programs. Some 80% of the “Best Doctors” identified in Hawaiʻi every year have trained with us. We also confer graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and in the Allied Health programs of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Medical Technology.

Discovery is our island cultural tradition. Translating discoveries into practice is vital to Hawaiʻi’s future. Our faculty members annually bring in more than $40 million in extramural funds. At the John A. Burns School of Medicine we seek to focus our research on the needs of our people… a multi-ethnic, diverse community. Our Vision is health – not disease – focused. We seek to Attain Lasting Optimal Health for All – simply remembered as bringing ALOHA to Hawaiʻi.

Please review the offerings on our website and note that we also have a news site featuring videos and social media connections. If you need further assistance, you may contact my office at any time at (808) 692-0899.


Jerris R. Hedges, MD, MS, MMM
Dean and Professor of Medicine
Barry & Virginia Weinman Endowed Chair
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa