Facts at a Glance

A Tradition of Educating Health Professionals for
Hawai’i
Representatives of JABSOM's Class of 1988 at a recent alumni event.

Representatives of JABSOM’s Class of 1988 at a recent alumni event.

We are YOUR physicians. Close to half of the practicing physicians in Hawai‘i are graduates of the JABSOM MD or JABSOM Hawai‘i Residency Programs. Annually we enroll nearly 400 students in our MD, MD Residency, Advanced Sciences and Allied Health programs.

  • JABSOM is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education through 2016. JABSOM ranks #1 in the nation by the Association of American Medical Colleges in retention of MD and Resident alumni combined practicing in-state.

  • JABSOM’s MD program employs a problem-based learning curriculum. Our students learn “hands on”, solving real medical problems together in small-group sessions. For 10 years straight, our MD students scored above the national average in U.S. medical licensing exams (Step 1). We have 264 MD students: 66 per class. Ninety percent of those accepted are Hawai‘i residents. We have as many as 2,300 MD applicants applicants annually.

  • Faculty: 200 full time, 138 part-time, 1,242 volunteer physician faculty.

  • Graduate Medical Education: Residents and fellows: 244. Our sixteen graduate medical training programs are in Medicine; Surgery; Cardiology, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health; Pediatrics; Family Medicine and Community Health; Sports Medicine; Psychiatry; Pathology; Native Hawaiian Health; Geriatric Medicine; Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology; Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Reproductive Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Medical Technology and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

  • Centers and Programs: Institute for Biogenesis Research, Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research, Imi Ho‘ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program — a 12-month, post-college program for disadvantaged students to prepare them for medical school, Asia-Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Hawai‘i Center for AIDS, Telehealth Research Institute, Center for Clinical Skills. Our medical school has the nation’s only clinical department dedicated to the health of an indigenous people: the Department of Native Hawaiian Health.

  • Envisioned by and named after Hawai‘i Governor John A. Burns, established in 1965.