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New book debuts: 50 Years of Healing in Hawai’i, the history of the University of Hawaiii John A. Burns School of Medicine
The medical schoolʻs 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraising Gala is a sellout for July 18, 2015 at the Sheraton-Waikīkī. One of the highlights of the event will be the debut of a specially-produced book, The John A. Burns School of Medicine: 50 Years of Healing in Hawaiʻi, which represents the work of many hands the past few months.
At right, author Larry Fleece interviews former Governor Benjamin Cayetano about his role in selecting Kakaʻako for the new campus of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Governor Cayetano is among scores of people interviewed for the new book.
The book was made possible by the generous support of the Hans & Ilza Veith Fund in the History of Medicine, made in memory of Dr. Charles Judd, Jr. Each of its 10 chapters tells the story of people who laid the foundation for the University of Hawaiʻi medical school, including those who came together in 1965 to conceive and work toward passing legislation authorizing the university to create a medical school. The book recounts the collaboration between Hawaiʻi’s major hospitals and the University which resulted in a unique, thriving partnership where JABSOM clinical faculty are embedded within the hospitals, and our medical students and MD interns, residents and fellows train in those settings, exposing them to patients from all parts of Hawaiʻi and all walks of life.
We are grateful to all of those whose vision and energy has made JABSOM thrive, and many of them made themselves available to be interviewed for the book and for a series of video vignettes produced in tandem with the book.
About the author
John A. Burns School of Medicine: 50 Years of Healing in Hawaiʻi is being given to the generous donors who purchased tables at the gala. The book is edited by George Engebretson, the publisher of Legacy Isle Publishing in Honolulu.