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