JABSOM Academics

ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program

"Those Who Seek To Heal"

Vision & Mission of JABSOM
The vision of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is to be the best medical school in the world with an Asia-Pacific focus.  Its mission is to educate students to become outstanding physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals and to conduct research in areas of specific interest to our region and community.  As one of the medical school's outstanding programs, ʻImi Hoʻōla has played a major role in accomplishing the School's mission.

The mission of the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program is to improve health care in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin by increasing the number of physicians through a 12-month educational program that addresses disadvantaged* students' academic and social-emotional needs.  ʻImi Hoʻōla's goal is to support diversity of the physician workforce and produce physicians who demonstrate a strong commitment to practice in under served communities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.  Each year, up to 12 students from economic, social, and/or educational disadvantaged backgrounds are selected to participate in the post-baccalaureate program.  Applicants to the ʻImi Hoʻōla program have diverse backgrounds and are motivated to overcome challenges that have prevented them from achieving their academic potential.  Although ʻImi Hoʻōla is not limited to persons of Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, Chamorro, and Micronesian descent, a large number of these students have demonstrated that they are from a disadvantaged background.  The curriculum emphasizes the integration of concepts and principles in the sciences and humanities and further develops communication and learning skills.  Upon successful completion of the program, students enter JABSOM as first-year medical students.  For more insights to the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program, click here.

This article (pages 199-204) describes a model that provides educational opportunities in medicine to students from diverse backgrounds that have a commitment to serve in areas of need in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin. It also presents guidelines on how this model could be adapted to various educational settings.

Eligible are individuals from socially, educationally, or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serve areas of need in Hawaiʻi and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.  Priority is given to applicants with strong ties to the State of Hawaiʻi and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

Applicants must meet ALL the following requirements:

    1. Completed course work (acceptable for students majoring in the
                General Biology (with lab) .......................... 8
                Molecular & Cell Biology ............................. 3
                General Chemistry (with lab) ...................... 8
                Biochemistry ............................................. 3
                General Physics (with lab) .......................... 8
                Organic Chemistry (with lab) ...................... 8
    2. Conferred baccalaureate degree.
    3. Applied to JABSOM for the 2015-2016 academic year through
    4. Applied to ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program (separate from
        AMCAS application).
    5. MCAT - Taken within 3 years of expected date of matriculation
        into medical school (year 2016). MCAT needs to have been taken
        between January 2013 - September 2014.

Application Information
Application materials for the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program 2015-2016 school year can be downloaded via the PDF links below. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 ʻImi Hoʻōla class is November 1, 2014.

  1. ʻImi Application Booklet 2015-2016
  2. ʻImi Application 2015-2016

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      (free download)

For more information, contact:
ʻImi Hoʻōla Program
651 Ilalo Street, MEB
Honolulu, HI 96813

Email: imihoola@hawaii.edu
Phone: (808) 692-1030
Fax: (808) 692-1254

Are you an alumnus of the ʻImi Hoʻōla Program? Would you like to re-connect with the Program and other alumni? Please contact:
Kelli-Ann Voloch, MD
Assistant Professor
Office: 808-692-1031

*A person who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from medical school; and/or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, as published by the U.S. Bureau of Census.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

Last revised: September 29, 2014


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