Facts and Figures

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has kept its promise to the community made in 1965 to develop a school of medicine that is a top-notch educational institution, and its vision of a decade ago to also serve as a well-functioning research enterprise.

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JABSOM, ranked #19 in the U.S. in Primary Care for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report, has delivered tremendous value to our community. It gives local students the opportunity to get a professional degree, its graduates provide much of the medical care in Hawaii, and research at JABSOM now attracts millions each year that flow into the local economy.

Students and Programs of Study:

Graduate Medical Education Residents and Fellows:  226

MD Students Total Enrolled: 289

Approximate Annual MD applicants 2,300

MD New Entrants First-Year Class: 77

Medical school alumni (MD and Resident)> 4,000

ʻImiHoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program: 12 

Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Biomedical Sciences (Clinical and Translational Research)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Developmental & Reproductive Biology
  • Tropical Medicine

Master’s Degree (MS) in Communication Sciences  Disorders

Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Medical Technology
Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Medical Technology
Certificate in Tropical Medicine Program
Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program
Postdoctoral Scholars

Ethnic Diversity

Uniquely located in the center of the Pacific, JABSOM embraces diversity and inclusion as part of our shared Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific values. Representing the diverse population of Hawaii, JABSOM promotes the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff who are representative of the diverse population of Hawaii.

Education, Jobs, & Service

About half of all practicing physicians in Hawaii are graduates of the JABSOM MD program, its residency program or are faculty members.

1/3 of all infants born in Hawaii each year are delivered by JABSOM faculty, including virtually all high risk births and those of financially needy families.

Nearly 90% of JABSOM medical students are kamaaina.

In 2017, JABSOM’s MD program received an eight year accreditation – the maximum possible – and in 2013, its Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) program received the maximum 12 year accreditation.

JABSOM ranks #1 in the nation by the Association of American Medical Colleges in retention of combined MD and Resident alumni practicing in state.  Nearly 80% of the physicians highlighted as the “Top Doctors in Hawaii” in Honolulu Magazine earned their medical degree or completed their residency at JABSOM or currently serve as faculty.

Faculty (AY 2016-2017)

Full-time faculty 184
Part-time faculty 241
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 68
Full-time faculty in clinical program 116
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 21
Part-time faculty in clinical program 220
Volunteer basic sciences faculty 69
Volunteer clinical faculty 1334

Tuition and Fees (per year)

Resident:  $36,672
Non-Resident: $71,328
2020-2021 – To be set by U.H. Regents



JABSOM is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. In 2017, JABSOM’s MD program received an eight year accreditation – the maximum possible – and in 2013, its Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) program received the maximum 12 year accreditation.

Community-Based Medical School

The John A. Burns School of Medicine is a LCME nationally-accredited community-based medical school. A community-based medical school partners with community hospitals to achieve its educational mission, rather than having a traditional university hospital that is integrated with the school. This follows the “community-based” movement that supports the belief that medical education focuses largely on the needs of the community where students are provided opportunities to interact with and learn from people from a wide range of social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Hospital Affiliations


Centers, Divisions and Institutes

Research & Discovery

The 2005 opening of the JABSOM Kakaako Campus, with construction funded by Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement monies designated by the Hawaii State Legislature led by Governor Ben Cayetano, strengthened the medical school. For the last three years, JABSOM has ranked #1 in NIH research awards among community-based public medical schools (i.e., public medical schools without a university hospital). JABSOM has ranked in the TOP 20 – alongside Stanford, Duke, UCSD, Yale, Johns Hopkins and others – for medical school faculty NIH awards per full-time faculty capita. JABSOM is the only public medical school with no university hospital in this upper echelon.

In 2015, the JABSOM SimTiki simulation center became one of only 13 U.S. simulation centers at the time accredited for research, as well as education and teaching.

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