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Salamat po! Third-year medical students present their MD5 experience in the Philippines to board members of the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaiʻi
Pictured: The students with Dr. Robert Magsino and his mother, in the Philippines.
During the MD-5 curricular unit, second-year medical students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) have the opportunity to travel overseas to broaden their medical knowledge while immersing themselves in new experiences. The locations available for this summer rotation include, but are not limited to, the neighboring Hawaiian islands, Japan, Samoa, Guam, Palau, and the continental U.S.
We chose to spend one month in the Philippines.
Learning a new culture. Traveling. Reconnecting with family. Strengthening our cultural roots. Broadening our knowledge of global and public health issues. Becoming better health care providers for the growing Filipino community in Hawaiʻi. These are only an example of the many reasons which helped to fuel our 5,000 mile journey to the Philippines in the summer of 2016.
Under the guidance of Dr. Kenton Kramer of JABSOM and with the support of Dr. Ferdinand Ona of the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaiʻi (PMAH), we had the opportunity to experience the practice of medicine in the capital city of Manila, as well as obtain a more rural experience in Lipa City in the province of Batangas.