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VIDEO: Parents credit others in community who supported their incoming MD students’ success
Pictured: The John A. Burns School of Medicine MD Class of 2022.
By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director
He grew emotional because he was thinking of all the others — as he put it, the “village” — who helped support his daughter and the family in getting her to this point.
He also was thinking of the contributions his daughter made, too, by working hard as a student, and as a student-athlete. She was on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Wahine Volleyball team, yet earned high enough scores not only to get into the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), but also to be rewarded with a full, four-year merit scholarship in the days before she accepted the school’s offer of admission.
“She was awarded a scholarship from John Burns (School of Medicine), which was wonderful, because — as it’s been for most families here I would imagine — it’s been a financial challenge to get this far.”Also expressing her mix of pride and gratitude was the mother of Billie Ryman Ocampo, a member of the JABSOM MD Class of 2022 from the Pacific Island of Saipan. She said the government of Saipan subsidizes a portion of her son’s medical school tuition, so that he pays Hawaiʻi resident rates and not the higher tuition for those from out-of-state. She, too, was mindful that there are teachers at all levels of education, and neighbors, community leaders and organizations who all contribute to the outcome being celebrated at the White Coat Ceremony, when MDs and faculty, citizens and proud parents officially welcome their sons and daughters into the study of medicine.
“I just want to say a shout out to everyone in Saipan,” said Maria Pensader, “to to all our family and a big congratulations to my son Billie,” she said. “We’re very happy for (JABSOM) to give my son a chance to study here, yes. And I’m sure everyone back home is also very happy and appreciative.”
Transcript of the video:
Maria Pensader: “My son’s name is Billie Ocompo and we are from Saipan. Hafaday! I just want to say a shout out to everyone in Saipan to all our family and a big congratulations to my son Billie. We’re very happy for (JABSOM) to give my son a chance to study here yes. And I’m sure everyone back home is also very happy and appreciative too.