Message from the Dean
Dean Jerris Hedges
Aloha, we extend a warm welcome to you for visiting our website, to learn more about The John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii‘. Our medical school is among the most diverse in the nation, and our students consistently score above average in the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1. Our medical students also learn through a unique "problem-based learning" curriculum which emphasizes intensive learning in small group sessions and hands-on clinical training with standardized and robotic patients through all four years of study. More than 1,600 applicants annually seek to become members of our next 66-person MD class.
We also train another 225 post-MD residents and fellows--MDs who are employed and serving in health settings in Hawai‘i under supervision while they work toward licensure and board certification in 16 different specialty training areas. JABSOM's Hawai‘i Residency Programs partners with The Queen's Medical Center, Hawai`i Pacific Health's Kapi‘olani, Wilcox and Straub Medical Centers, Kuakini Medical Center, Wahiawā General Hospital, Tripler/Veterans Administration, Castle Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, plus community health centers statewide to provide bedside training for our third and fourth year medical students and supervision of our MD Residents and Fellows.
As a medical school, our primary job is to produce MDs - and close to half of the practicing physicians in Hawai‘i are graduates of the JABSOM MD or JABSOM Hawai‘i Residency Programs. Some 80% of the "Best Doctors" identified in Hawai‘i every year trained with us. But we also confer graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and in the Allied Health programs of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Medical Technology.
Discovery is our island cultural tradition. Conducting research and translating discoveries into practice is vital to Hawai‘i's future. Our faculty competes to bring in more than $42 million annual in external research funds. At the John A. Burns School of Medicine we seek to focus our research on the needs of our people... a multi-ethnic, diverse community. We make discoveries in our advanced scientific laboratory settings - and equally important - within our communities as we partner with patients and those seeking wellness - to learn from each other.
We seek a cultural competency-awareness that research can be enhanced through such partnerships.
We want to learn why some of our ‘ohana, our island family, suffer through less access to health care and have worse outcomes when they are treated. From heart disease, to diabetes, to HIV/AIDS and infectious disease... we emphasize collaboration among our investigators to unlock secrets that can transform the health of Hawai‘i ... a longstanding multi-ethnic, cross-cultural, diverse population. In fact, a population demograph, which the increasingly multi-cultural United States, can also learn from.
Please look around our website at some of the things we have to offer, and note that we also have a news site featuring videos and social media connections. If you need further assistance, you may contact my office at any time at (808) 692-0881.
Jerris R. Hedges, MD, MS, MMM
Dean and Professor of Medicine
Barry & Virginia Weinman Endowed Chair
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa