UH Med Now
Aiming High: Welcoming the newest ʻImi Hoʻōla Class
Pictured: The ʻImi Class. Photo courtesy of Dr. Chung Eun Ha.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now Correspondent
The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) is welcoming the newest batch of students in the 2020 ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program. The new class includes a dozen college graduates who come from socially and economically disadvantaged communities, who have been selected to earn admission to the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) by completing the yearlong pre-medical “bootcamp” course.
The ʻImi Hoʻōla (“Those who seek to heal”) class consists of a diverse group including Hawaiian, Tongan, Filipino, African American and Chinese. ten of the twelve students graduated from public high schools including Hilo High School, Roosevelt High School, Waimea High School, Moanalua High School, Campbell High School, Kapolei High School and George Washington High School.
A total of eight students in this year’s program received their undergraduate or master’s degree from an University of Hawaiʻi campus, either UH Manoa or UH Hilo. Two students have obtained their Master’s degree in Public Health. The new students hail from Hawaiʻi island (2), Kauaʻi (2), Oʻahu (7) and Guam. The smart and talented group also includes an olympic athlete and a Narcissus Pageant Princess.
About the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program
Meet the class: