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
2. Conferred baccalaureate degree.
| General Biology (with lab) ..........................
| Molecular & Cell Biology .............................
| General Chemistry (with lab) ......................
| Biochemistry .............................................
| General Physics (with lab) ..........................
| Organic Chemistry (with lab) ......................
3. Applied to JABSOM for the 2015-2016 academic year through
4. Applied to ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program (separate from
5. MCAT - Taken within 3 years of expected date of matriculation
school (year 2016). MCAT needs to have been taken
between January 2013 - September 2014.
Admissions for the 2014-2015 academic year are now closed. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 ʻImi Hoʻōla class is November 1, 2014.
Application materials for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in July 2014.
For your reference, sample application materials from the 2014-2015 application are available via the PDF links below.
- Sample ʻImi Application Booklet
- Sample ʻImi Application
- Sample ʻImi Consent Form
- Sample ʻImi Letter of Recommendation Form
- Sample ʻImi Verification of Science Prerequisites Form
The Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the above PDF documents.
For more information, contact:
Chessa DeCambra, MBA
651 Ilalo Street, MEB
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 692-1030
Fax: (808) 692-1254
*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.
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