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.

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Staff of Office of Global Health and International Medicine
Interim Director and Director of Japanese Affiliated Programs: Junji Machi, MD, PhD.
Former Directors: Gregory Maskarinec, PhD., Satoru Izutsu, PhD.
Staff: Paula Uchima, Emi Saegusa-Beecroft, MD, PhD. and Mayo Civico

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.


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



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:

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 (

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. (

University of Hawaii Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital
The collaborative program between JABSOM and Okinawa Prefecture for more than 50 years. PI Director: Junji Machi, MD, PhD. ( Contact: Paula Uchima (  

HMEP (Hawai’i Medical Education Program) 
Introduction of the US/Hawaii medical education curriculum into Japanese medical schools, implemented in 2015. Dozens of Japanese medical schools are participating. HMEP InnovMethod HJMPH 2017 JM Director: Junji Machi, MD, PhD. ( Program Manager: Emi Saegusa-Beecroft, MD, PhD. (


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


  • The University of Newcastle

BALI, INDONESIA (every second year):

  • Udayana University School of Medicine


  • 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
  • University of Ryukyus
  • University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine
  • Wakayama University School of Medicine


  • Jeju National University
  • Pusan National University School of Medicine


  • University of Otago, Otago Medical School
  • Te Mata O Te Tau, Massey University (Research Only)
  • Te Whare Kura, Faculty of Arts of the University of Auckland (Research Only)


  • Santo Tomas University, Manila


  • Kaohsiung Medical University
  • Taipei Medical University


  • Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Thammasat University


  • 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 (

MS4s at JABSOM interested in an global health elective as a 4th year elective, contact Dr. Junji Machi ( and Paula Uchima (  


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 Zoom interview, prior to arrival) and submission of TOEFL score.
  4. Payment of $100 US for liability insurance upon arrival.
  5. Possess current immunization record
  6. Health insurance required prior to arriving in Hawaii.
  7. Valid passport
  8. Request for assignments are made on a “first come, first serve” basis.
  9. Curriculum vitae, personal statement, photo and other required documents.
  10. Consent-Waiver-Release-Indemnity 2019 Form Fillable

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:  Phone: 808-547-9485

See 2022 JABSOM Annual Global Health Report for a listing of JABSOM activities.