Global Health

Global Health/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 AND MEDICINE: 2016-2017 HANDBOOK

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The Committee on Global Health and Medicine, within the Dean’s Office at JABSOM, is tasked with coordinating the school’s efforts in the global health arena.  The Chair is Vice Dean Dr. Satoru Isutzu.

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

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


NON-CREDIT ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS

Global Health Interest Group
The Global Health Interest Group is a group of medical students, practicing physicians, and others interested in improving health throughout the world. Contact: Dr. Kenton Kramer (kramer@hawaii.edu)

Philippine Medical Student Association of Hawaii
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: Dr. Kenton Kramer (kramer@hawaii.edu)

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
AHEC is a program that provides partial support and assistance in developing credited and non-credited experiences at AHEC sites throughout the Pacific Basin (Palau, Saipan, American Samoa, & Micronesia).  Contact: Dr. Kelley Withy (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:

AUSTRALIA:

  • University of Queenland

BALI:

  • Udayana University School of Medicine

JAPAN:

  • Aichi University
  • Akita University School of Medicine
  • Hamamatsu University
  • 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
  • Noguchi Medical Research Institute
  • Okinawa Chubu Hospital
  • Osaka Medical College
  • Saga Medical School
  • Showa University School of Medicine
  • Toho University, The Faculty of Medicine
  • Tokai University School of Medicine
  • Tokyo Women’s Medical University

KOREA:

  • 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:

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

PENDING:

  • Gifu University
  • Jikei University
  • St. Marianna’s
  • Tokyo Bay Medical Center/Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital
  • Tokyo University
  • Toyama University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Ryukyus
  • Wakayama University

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. Satoru Izutsu (sizutsu@hawaii.edu).


INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS

The Office of Global Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine 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 Hawaii.
  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. 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 and photo

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 one month 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.

In addition, once a week, students meet with a professor to work on improving their English.

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 UH Mānoa’s Annual Report on International Education for a listing of JABSOM activities.

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