April 25, 2022


Hawaii Medical Education Council
University of Hawai‘i, John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Medical Education Building, #202

Monday, April 25, 2022, 7:30-9:00 am

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Written testimony and oral testimony will be accepted in lieu of in-person testimony. All written testimony on agenda items
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Requests for accommodation due to a disability, please email at costaca@hawaii.edu by April 22, 2:00 PM.  Accessibility access is not guaranteed for requests received after this date.


Items not addressed during this meeting will be discussed on another day and time announced at the conclusion of the meeting.

1. Review & Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes – Dr. Hedges             (5 minutes)
2. Report from HMEC Chair – Dr. Hedges
a. GME-related state legislation – Cynthia Nakamura (10 minutes)
b. Graduate Medical Education updates – Lee Buenconsejo-Lum (20 minutes)
i. Annual Institutional Review Action Plan
1. ACGME Self-Study Report – submitted
ii. GME Program Prioritization Process/Potential Expansions
1. CMS Section 126, 127 GME positions
2. HRSA Rural Program Planning and Development grant
3. Physician Workforce Data Updates & Synergies – Lisa Rantz, Aimee Grace & Kelley Withy (20 minutes)
a. Access to Care (Hawai‘i State Rural Health Association Project)
b. Federal Appropriations and GME Financing Update
c. Physician Workforce Update
d. Preceptor Tax Credit Update
4. New Business – Dr. Hedges (5 minutes)
5. Next HMEC Meeting – Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 7:30am in-person and via Zoom
6. Adjournment

HMEC Recommendations to the 2022 Legislature                                         (link to annual HMEC Report)


UH/HMEC recommends that the 2021 State Legislature and State Executive Branch continue to support and provide a State financial match to the Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program. Ideally, this match would be provided as a supplement to the annual Department of Health (DOH) budget with the explicit instruction for the DOH to annually transfer those funds to JABSOM as long as JABSOM oversees the health professional loan repayment program for Hawai‘i – including coordination of the National Loan Repayment Program Federal match for Hawai‘i.


UH/HMEC recommends that the 2021 State Legislature and State Executive Branch provide funding to support the JABSOM faculty and staff, as well as both the medical student and residency curricula. The curricula needs support in order to maintain existing medical student and resident rotations on the neighbor islands, and to maintain currently existing innovative programs which serve to meet the needs of underserved communities.


UH/HMEC recommends that the State Department of Human Services and other stakeholders develop a working group to explore the mechanisms and develop a plan to obtain future Federal Medicaid GME funding since many of the residency programs provide inpatient and ambulatory care for Medicaid populations.


Meeting Minutes

              Hawai‘i Medical Education Council (HMEC) Meeting                                          April 25, 2022    Time:  7:30-8:30 a.m., via Zoom                        John A. Burns School of Medicine

Members Present:  Mary Ann Antonelli (representing the federal healthcare sector), Lee Buenconsejo-Lum (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Designated Institutional Official (DIO) for Graduate Medical Education, JABSOM), Leslie Chun (representing a hospital conducting ACGME programs), Katherine Finn Davis (for Interim Dean Clementina Ceria-Ulep, representing Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing), Jerris Hedges (Chair, JABSOM Dean), Robert Hong (representing the health professions community), COL Judy Kovell (representing a hospital conducting ACGME programs), Joe Ramos (Interim Director UH Cancer Center), Lisa Rantz (representing a person of the general public), Linda Rosen (representing the health professions community), and Todd Seto (representing a hospital conducting ACGME programs). 

Members Absent:   Colleen Inouye (representing the health professions community), and Lorrin Kim (for Elizabeth Char, representing the Department of Health)

Others in Attendance: Chip Ellis (CFO, University Health Partners of Hawai‘i), Aimee Grace (Director of UH System Office of Strategic Health Initiatives), Cynthia Nakamura (Government Affairs and Legislative Consultant), Holly Olson (Deputy DIO, JABSOM), Susan Steinemann (Assistant DIO, JABSOM), Natalie Talamoa (Executive Director, Hawai‘i Residency Programs, Inc.), Kelley Withy (Director, AHEC), and Derek Wong (Interim CEO, University Health Partners of Hawai‘i). 

HMEC Administrator:  Lee Buenconsejo-Lum                                          Recorder:   Crystal Costa / Marybeth Kotrodimos