Diversity at JABSOM

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is proud of its multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff and is fully committed to a diverse learning environment and workplace. The JABSOM Diversity Policy is aligned with the diversity initiatives of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Hawaiʻi System, as well as the Liaison Committee on Medical accreditation standards related to diversity.

Click here to view the JABSOM Diversity Statement

Click here to view Dean Hedges’ and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Buenconsejo-Lum’s response to the President’s executive order. 10/05/2020

Click here to view the JABSOM 2019 Employee and Student Diversity Report

Click here to view the JABSOM 2018 Employee and Student Diversity Report

Click here to view the JABSOM 2016 Employee and Student Diversity Report

Click here to view the JABSOM 2015 Employee and Student Diversity Report

Medical School Hotline article: Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation, Part IV: Diversity/Pipeline Programs and Partnerships

National Institute of Health HHS Public Access article: A National Long-term Outcomes Evaluation of US Premedical Postbaccalaureate Programs Designed to Promote Healthcare Access and Workforce Diversity

UH Med Now article: JABSOM Diversity-Strong in first-generation college students, female faculty

JABSOM Cultural Competency Resource Guide -August 2020 (8th Edition)


JABSOM’s multicultural and multi-ethnic community encourages an environment of inclusiveness and respect.  Through a variety of programs, JABSOM offers mentoring opportunities to foster the professional growth of underrepresented minorities and women in academic medicine.


Diverse JABSOM Med Students

JABSOM is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body. With programs such as the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program and outreach recruitment efforts by the Area Health Education Center and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, we have been successful in recruiting, retaining and graduating students from underrepresented backgrounds and underserved areas in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Basin.

JABSOM is dedicated to providing the highest quality education for students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds by  incorporating educational curricula that encourage students to examine the needs of underserved communities.  Students gain experience while providing community service through community health electives, optional selective summer courses in rural and/or international sites, and student-led interest groups such as Partners for Social Justice.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – Links

Area Health Education Center: http://www.ahec.hawaii.edu/

ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/ed-programs/imi/

Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence: http://www.hawaii.edu/nhcoe/

Diversity at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa:  https://manoa.hawaii.edu/campus_life/diversity.html

University of Hawaiʻi Student Equity Excellence and Diversity office:  http://www.hawaii.edu/diversity/