Global and International 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.


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 Director of Global and International Health and Chair of its standing committee is Dr. Gregory G. Maskarinec.
Read more about Dr. Maskarinec.

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



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 (

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: Dr. Kenton Kramer (

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 (


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:


  • University of Queenland


  • Udayana University School of Medicine


  • Aichi University
  • Akita University School of Medicine
  • Gifu University School of Medicine
  • Hamamatsu University
  • 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
  • Noguchi Medical Research Institute
  • 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


  • Jeju National University
  • Pusan National University School of Medicine


  • Santo Tomas University, Manila


  • Kaohsiung Medical University
  • Taipei Medical University


  • Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Thammasat University


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


  • Tokyo Bay Medical Center/Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital
  • Toyama 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. Gregory Maskarinec (


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 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

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:  Phone: 808-547-9485

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