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VIDEO: Parents credit others in community who supported their incoming MD students’ success

Date: July 23rd, 2018 in JABSOM News, Rural, Student Life    Print or PDF

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Pictured: The John A. Burns School of Medicine MD Class of 2022.

“My daughter is looking forward to giving back to this community,” said one father.

By Tina Shelton, JABSOM Communications Director

Jay Anderson began to choke up when asked what he was feeling moments before his daughter, Clare-Marie, was presented her white coat in a ceremony marking the official entry of students into the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) medical school.

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.

“It takes a lot. It takes the community and a village to get kids through school these days,” said Anderson, who also said his family moved from rural Molokaʻi Island to Oʻahu so that Clare-Marie could attend a well-regarded private school to prepare for medical school.

Jay Anderson, Clare-Marie's father.

Jay Anderson, Clare-Marie’s father.

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.”

Maria Pensader, Billie's mom.

Maria Pensader, Billie’s mom.

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:
Jay Anderson: Our daughter pretty much knew she wanted to be a doctor about the age of 11 and we moved from Molokaʻi over to Oʻahu so she could go to Punahou and then to UH Mānoa. Ceremony emcee:And now here is Claire Marie Anderson, cloaked by her mentor Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro. Jay Anderson: A lot of effort a lot of people went into this process. So (I feel) proud but more than proud just very happy for her. She’s looking forward to giving back to this community. And she played volleyball for the UH Mānoa, she’s been very much a part of the the program up there, and she’s had tremendous support. So we’re just really thrilled really happy and she was awarded a scholarship from (the) John Burns (school), 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 and to get through the whole process. It takes a lot. It takes the community and a village to get kids through school these days.

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.

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