Global Health and International Medicine

Global Health and International Medicine Programs

The John A Burns School of Medicine’s basic mission is to teach and train high-quality physicians, bio-medical scientists, and allied health workers for Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Our vision is ALOHA: Attaining Lasting Optimal Health for All.

Download the Global Health Handbook 2018-2019

The Committee on Global Health and International Medicine, within the Dean’s Office at JABSOM, is tasked with coordinating the school’s efforts in the global health arena. The Director of Global Health and International Medicine and Chair of its standing committee is Dr. Gregory G. Maskarinec.

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JABSOM’s Global Health and International Medicine programs include the following:

• NON-CREDIT ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS
• CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
• INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS


NON-CREDIT ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS

Global Health Interest Group
GHIG is comprised of medical students and faculty interested in increasing awareness of global health issues, other cultures, and international sociopolitical topics.  GHIG focuses on promoting a global and multicultural perspective to the medical curriculum and to encourage opportunities for JABSOM students to work internationally and live abroad. Contact: Kenton Kramer, PhD. (kramer@hawaii.edu) or Gregory G. Maskarinec, PhD. (gregorym@hawaii.edu)

Partnership for Social Justice
PSJ is an interest group made up of members from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, law, nursing, and public health.  PSJ aims to make a lasting difference in our community through projects designed to address health and educational inequities, and to understand public policy in both local and global domains.  Each spring PSJ students facilitate an elective course “Social Justice in Medicine,” overseen by Seiji Yamada, MD, MPH (seiji@hawaii.edu) and Gregory Maskarinec, PhD. (gregory@hawaii.edu)

Philippine Medical Student Association of Hawaiʻi
PMSAH is a group of medical students, faculty and practicing physicians interested in health issues of the Philippines and Filipinos living in Hawaiʻi.  PMSAH is sponsored by the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaiʻi. Contact: Kenton Kramer, PhD. (kramer@hawaii.edu)

The Hawai’i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center 
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provides limited financial support, assistance with coordination and on the ground assistance for students from all years of medial training for both credit and non-credit experiences across Hawaii, America Samoa, Republic of Palau, Guam, Federated States of Micronesian, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Taiwan.  Contact: Kelley Withy, MD, PhD. (withy@hawaii.edu)


CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

Students can receive credit by participating in an organization which has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with JABSOM. Below is a list of these organizations:

BALI, INDONESIA (every second year):

  • Udayana University School of Medicine

JAPAN:

  • Akita University School of Medicine
  • Gifu University School of Medicine
  • Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
  • Jikei University School of Medicine
  • Juntendo University School of Medicine
  • Kanazawa Medical University
  • Kanazawa Univerisity Graduate School of Medical Science and School of Medicine
  • Keio University School of Medicine
  • Kitasato University School of Medicine
  • Kobe University School of Medicine
  • Kochi Medical School
  • Nippon Medical School
  • Okinawa Chubu Hospital
  • Osaka Medical College
  • Saga Medical School
  • Showa University School of Medicine
  • St. Marianna University School of Medicine
  • Toho University, The Faculty of Medicine
  • Tokai University School of Medicine
  • Tokyo Women’s Medical University
  • University of Ryukyus
  • University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine
  • Wakayama University School of Medicine

KOREA:

  • Jeju National University
  • Pusan National University School of Medicine

PHILIPPINES:

  • Santo Tomas University, Manila

TAIWAN:

  • Kaohsiung Medical University
  • Taipei Medical University

THAILAND:

  • Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Thammasat University

NEW ZEALAND (Research Only):

  • Te Mata O Te Tau, Massey University
  • Te Whare Kura, Faculty of Arts of the University of Auckland

AHEC AFFILIATED INSTITUTIONS:

  • Palau Community College
  • College of Micronesia American
  • Samoa Community College
  • The State of Pohnpei, Department of Health

MS1s at JABSOM interested in an international elective for MD5 (summer), contact Dr. David Horio (dhorio@hawaii.edu).

MS4s at JABSOM interested in an global health elective as a 4th year elective, contact Dr. Gregory Maskarinec (gregorym@hawaii.edu).


INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS

The Office of Global Health and International Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine offers OBSERVATIONAL opportunities for international undergraduate medical observers. The basic requirements for this activity for observers are:

  1. Enrolled in schools with a current, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi.
  2. In the 6th or final year of medical school, in good academic standing.
  3. Proficient in English (as screened by Skype interview, prior to arrival).
  4. Payment of $100 US for liability insurance upon arrival.
  5. Minimum TOEFL score of 96 or the equivalent measure to any of the tests on the attached table.
  6. Possess current immunization record
  7. Health insurance required prior to arriving in Hawaii.
  8. Valid passport
  9. Request for assignments are made on a “first come, first serve” basis.
  10. Curriculum vitae, personal statement and photo
  11. Assumption of Risk, Release, and Indemnification Agreement

There is no tuition charge for undergraduate observers.

Note: Each observer is responsible for all personal expenses, airfare, health and travel insurance, rent, food and entertainment.

The observational period is for four weeks and available in Internal Medicine, and possibly other specialties. Observers may attend daily clinical rounds and participate in the educational activities of the department to which they are assigned. Clinical conferences, grand rounds, and other educational activities are scheduled on a weekly basis.

Work with assigned Staff physician in his/her private practice office and during hospital rounds.

Each observer is evaluated at termination with a report sent to the respective school.

Address all inquiries to Paula Kuwaye Uchima:  pkuwaye@hawaii.edu  Phone: 808-547-9485


See 2017 JABSOM Annual Global Health Report by GGMaskarinec – January 2018 final for a listing of JABSOM activities.