‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post Baccalaureate Program
|ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program
Vision & Mission of JABSOM
Mission: JABSOM, as part of the fabric of Hawai‘i, is a diverse learning community committed to excellence and leadership in:
Each year, up to 12 students from economic, social, and/or educational disadvantaged backgrounds are selected to participate in the post-baccalaureate program. Applicants to the ʻImi Hoʻōla program have diverse backgrounds and are motivated to overcome challenges that have prevented them from achieving their academic potential. Although ʻImi Hoʻōla is not limited to persons of Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, Chamorro, and Micronesian descent, a large number of these students have demonstrated that they are from a disadvantaged background.
During the intensive year of medical school preparation study, the students are supported by stipends from The Queenʻs Health Systems (QHS). QHS has supported our University of Hawaiʻi Native Hawaiian Health programs since 2002.
The ʻImi Hoʻōla curriculum emphasizes the integration of concepts and principles in the sciences and humanities and further develops communication and learning skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students enter JABSOM as first-year medical students. For frequently asked questions about the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program, click here.
Graduates of the Program who matriculate into JABSOM are expected to fulfill the essential functions of the academic programs required for graduation as listed in the JABSOM Policy on Essential Functions Required for the MD Program for Admissions, Continuation, and Graduation and Disability Accommodation. Click here for the JABSOM Essential Functions Policy listed under Students/JABSOM MD Program Policies.
This ʻImi Hoʻola article (pages 199-204) describes a model that provides educational opportunities in medicine to students from diverse backgrounds that have a commitment to serve in areas of need in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin. It also presents guidelines on how this model could be adapted to various educational settings.
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ʻImi Hoʻōla Program