Admissions (Imi Hoola)

Imi Hoola Post-Baccalaureate Program
“Those Who Seek To Heal” 



Eligible individuals are from socially, educationally, or economically disadvantagedº backgrounds who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serve areas of need in Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (e.g. American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, CNMI).  Imi Hoola only accepts those with ties to Hawaii or the Pacific. More information about our program requirements (i.e., Ties to Hawaii and the Pacific, Academic Requirements, and Disadvantaged Status) can be found in the Imi Hoola Application Booklet.


*New* AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam must be taken on one of the 2022 exam dates. Exams taken from June 2022 to September 30, 2022,  will be considered for the 2023 entering class application cycle.

9/6/2022 UPDATE: Tests taken in October 2022 will be accepted for the 2023 application cycle.  For more information regarding AAMC PREview exam dates, click here.  Refer to the JABSOM Admissions page for more information about JABSOM AAMC PREview requirements and deadlines. Imi Hoola applications must adhere to all JABSOM application requirements.

If you have previously completed the AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT) for the 2021 and 2022 admissions cycle and are satisfied with your score, you do not need to retake the AAMC PREview again.  For more information regarding AAMC PREview exam dates, click here.

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Applicants must meet ALL the following requirements:

1. Completed course work* (acceptable for students majoring in the area):

         General Biology (with lab) ………………………………… 8
         General Chemistry (with lab) …………………………… 8
         Organic Chemistry (with lab) …………………………… 8
         General Physics (with lab) ………………………………… 8
. Biochemistry (no lab required) ………………………… 3

*Starting with the Imi Hoola incoming class of 2020-2021, Cell & Molecular Biology will no longer be a required science prerequisite.

More information can be found on the JABSOM Admissions page at

2. Conferred baccalaureate degree.

3. Applied to JABSOM for the 2023-2024 academic year through AMCAS.

4. Applied to Imi Hoola Post-Baccalaureate Program (separate from  AMCAS application).

5. MCAT – Taken within 3 years of expected date of matriculation into medical school (year 2024). MCAT needs to have been taken between January 2021 – September 2022 (Most recent MCAT scores will be reviewed).

6.*NEW* AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam must be taken on one of the 2022 exam dates.  Exams taken from June 2022 to October 2022,  will be considered for the 2023 entering class application cycle.  For more information regarding AAMC PREview exam dates, click here.

Effective 4/14/2021, in alignment with JABSOM admissions, the Imi Hoola program is implementing the following changes due to the current COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Online lab courses will be accepted from Spring 2020 to Spring 2022 until further notice. Online lab courses may be used towards fulfilling prerequisite requirements for General Biology, General Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry as outlined on the JABSOM Admissions Requirements page.

The applications materials for the 2023-2024 cycle are available below: Application Booklet as well as the Application Form, Consent Form, Letter of Recommendation Form, and Verification of Science Prerequisites Form, (all forms must be completed and submitted via secured email to

  1. Imi Hoola Application Booklet 2023-2024
  2. Imi Hoola Application-2023-2024 (Updated 10/18/22)
  3. Imi Hoola Consent Form 2023-2024
  4. Imi Hoola Recommendation 2023-2024
  5. Imi Hoola Verification Prerequisite 2023-2024

As of 10/7/2021 – Upon signing the application documents, the form will LOCK and you will NOT be able to make any edits or changes to what you have entered. Please ensure that you have completed each section and reviewed your application prior to signing each document.

If you need to make changes to your application after signing and locking your document, you will need to download a new form and re-enter the information.

Completed science prerequisites must be completed by June 2023  (for the Imi class of 2023-2024).

The Imi Hoola Post-Baccalaureate Program will accept applications for the Imi Hoola Class of 2023-2024 via secured email at

1. See the Application Materials tab to download the following Imi Hoola forms:

  • Application
  • Consent
  • Verification of Science Prerequisites

2.  Submit your application and supporting materials to via UH File Drop.  

    • Click ‘Imi UH FileDrop Instructions
    • Update expiration timer to 14 days
    • Update the name of your file to: Last Name, First Name_Form Name  (i.e., Smith, Sam_Imiapp2023)

3. Email if you are unable to upload your documents via UH File Drop

Applications must be received by November 1 via electronic delivery by 11:59 PM (HST) for your application to be considered.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please refer to the JABSOM Admissions Cycle Timeline for more information regarding JABSOM and Imi Hoola deadlines.

We suggest that you first download the PDF form to your computer, and then open it with Adobe Reader prior to filling it out. You can either type information directly into each field, or copy and paste the text into the cells. The font is preselected and cannot be changed.

  • Save the form to your computer before filling it out!
  • Upon signing the application documents, the form will LOCK and you will NOT be able to make any edits or changes to what you have entered. Please ensure that you have completed each section and reviewed your application prior to signing each document. 
  • Mac users: Do not use Preview to fill out the PDF form.
  • Chrome users: Do not use Chrome PDF Viewer to fill out the PDF form.

To open, complete, and print the PDF application forms, you will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended). If you do not have it installed on your computer, you may download the latest version from


Letters of recommendation are an integral part of the admission process and are carefully reviewed. The recommender should be able to accurately assess your academic and professional performance and comment on your potential to succeed in the Imi Hooa Post-Baccalaureate Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Since the number of qualified applicants exceeds the space available each year, we wish to select individuals whose personal attributes and abilities indicate that they have the potential for success in a rigorous training program and, ultimately, as competent, compassionate healthcare professionals.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommender via email by the submission deadline. No third-party recommendation letters will be accepted (i.e. Interfolio or similar system).

Please attach your Letter of Recommendation Form, found in the Application Materials Tab, with your signed letter of recommendation and email it directly to by 11:59 pm on November 1, 2022 (HST).

Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted. Do not give it to the applicant to submit. Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered letters will not be accepted.

We do not prescreen or prequalify applicants to the Program.  If you feel you meet the qualification for the program, please submit your application.  

º A person who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from medical school; and/or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, as published by the U.S. Bureau of Census.
For more information, contact:

Imi Hoola Program
651 Ilalo Street, MEB 306
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 692-1030
Fax: (808) 692-1254

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

Pictured from left to right: Juyoung Ji Chong, Morgan Quinley, D-Dré Wright, Anita Cheung, and Jasmine Padamada (Imi Class of 2022).