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Hawaii welcomes an influx of new MDs — How UH Graduate Medical Education keeps our doctors HERE

Date: June 28th, 2019 in Care, Collaboration, External News, Graduate Medical Education, JABSOM News, MD Residents, Workforce Development    Print or PDF

The Internal Medicine MD Residents pose outside The Queen's Medical Center, where they are trained.

Pictured: The 2019 Internal Medicine MD Residents pose outside The Queen’s Medical Center, where they are trained by the University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Residency Programs, Inc, which includes leadership ofHawaiʻi‘s major hospitals as academic medical centers. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.

By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director

Each July the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine and its partner training hospitals throughout Hawaiʻi welcome physicians who are beginning their careers as Residents or entering advanced training called Fellowships. We welcomed some of them to the medical school for a reception on Friday, to celebrate an intensive week of orientation, and their new careers starting Monday!


JABSOM sponsors 19 Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. The residents train in programs ranging in length from three to five years. Our Fellowship programs are one to three years.

Altogether, physician-faculty are guiding some 230 trainees annually, supervising their work in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Family Planning, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology, Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum (JABSOM MD 1994) leads GME at UH, working with the JABSOM physician faculty members embedded within each of our partner training hospitals and the many unpaid clinical faculty who also serve as clinical supervisors. Residency programs, especially, are the most critically important pathway into local medical practice. Some 80% of physicians who graduate from both JABSOM and its Residency programs remain in Hawaiʻi to practice, the highest retention rate in the nation.

New residents

JABSOM and its teaching hospital partners generate 2,667 jobs statewide.

Group pic of new residents.

JABSOM and its teaching hospital partners add $197 million to Hawaiʻi‘s economy.

Listen to an interview with Director of Graduate Education Lee Buenconsejo-Lum, MD, about GME at the University of Hawaiʻi, courtesy of Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

What is the advantage of being treated at an academic medical center?
According to the Association of American Medical Schools:

  • Medical Schools and teaching hospitals educate the next generation of physicians, conduct cutting-edge research that saves lives, and care for the sickest and most medically complex patients.
  • Many medical innovations and advances were pioneered at medical schools and teaching hospitals. These institutions are responsible for many of the most important breakthroughs in medicine and patient care of the past century.
  • Medical schools and teaching hospitals save lives as a critical part of the nation’s crisis response network — providing support in emergencies, from hurricanes to the Ebola crisis.
  • Teaching hospitals, with their expert physicians and state-of-the-art facilities, train the next generation of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Because these professionals learn and work together in teams, with access to the latest medical advances and innovations, patient care improves.
  • Patients treated at teaching hospitals have up to 20% better odds of survival than those treated elsewhere. That’s not just for complex care but also for the most common medical and surgical conditions.
  • Although they represent only 5% of the nation’s hospitals, major teaching hospitals make an outsize contribution to U.S. health care — especially because the doctors they train go on to advance care wherever they practice.
  • Whether it’s educating the next generation of health care professionals, pioneering medical discoveries, or providing high-quality patient care, academic medicine plays a vital role in improving health care and the health of our nation.

    See photos from the GME Welcome Reception at JABSOM:
    GME Welcome 2019

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