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University of Hawai’i medical school recognized in 2017 as a leader in several key areas
Date: December 14th, 2017 in JABSOM News
Pictured: A group of MD students in the Class of 2021 at their White Coat Ceremony in July, 2017.
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
The University of Hawaiʻi medical school excels in the number of its graduates who enter training in primary care medicine. JABSOM placed better than 90% of all other accredited medical schools in the percentage of students choosing primary care. This year U.S. News & World Report ranked JABSOM #23 in the nation for the percentage of its graduates who train in primary care.
JABSOM also is very strong in retaining its graduates after training to practice in Hawaiʻi, performing better than 75% of other medical schools in North America at generating its state’s own MD workforce.
“With Hawaiʻi some 500 physicians short of the number it should have for its population, we are exceedingly pleased that JABSOM continues to show sustained growth in producing the kinds of doctors we need the most – those in primary care – and that a significant percentage of the doctors we train stay here in Hawaiʻi to practice,” said Jerris R. Hedges, MD, Professor and Dean.
Additionally, JABSOM is in the top 15% of medical schools whose graduates intend to care for underserved (poor or disadvantaged) patients. JABSOM also ranked near the top for its diversity among MD students and faculty and in providing learning experiences that include emphasis on cultural competency and health inequities.
The AAMC data also shows value for Hawaiʻi families. Almost nine out of ten JABSOM students are kamaʻaina, and come from middle-class families. The average JABSOM medical student graduates owing $161,550, above the national median of $150,000.