Facts and Figures

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has kept its promise to the community made in 1965 to develop a school of medicine that is a top-notch educational institution, and its vision of a decade ago to also serve as a well-functioning research enterprise.

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JABSOM, ranked #19 in the U.S. in Primary Care for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report, JABSOM has delivered tremendous value to our community. It gives local students the opportunity to get a professional degree, its graduates provide much of the medical care in Hawai‘i, and research at JABSOM now attracts millions each year that flow into the local economy.

Students (AY 2016-17)

Graduate Medical Education Residents and fellows:     226

MD Students Total Enrolled 289
Approximate Annual MD applicants 2,300
MD New Entrants First-Year Class 77
Medical school alumni (MD and Resident) > 4000
‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program 12
Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in

  • Biomedical Sciences (Clinical Research)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Developmental & Reproductive Biology
  • Tropical Medicine

Master’s Degree (MS) in Communication Sciences Disorders
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Medical Technology
Certificate in Tropical Medicine Program
Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program
Postdoctoral Scholars


Ethnic Diversity

Uniquely located in the center of the Pacific, JABSOM embraces diversity and inclusion as part of our shared Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific values. Representing the diverse population of Hawai‘i, JABSOM promotes the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff who are representative of the diverse population of Hawaii.

Education, Jobs, & Service

About half of all practicing physicians in Hawai‘i are graduates of the JABSOM MD program, its residency program or are faculty members. To date, more than 4,000 medical doctors have earned their degree or completed Residency (post-MD) Training through JABSOM.

1/3 of all babies born in Hawai‘i each year are delivered by JABSOM faculty, including virtually all high risk births and those of financially needy families.

Nearly 90% of JABSOM medical students are kama`aina.

In 2017, JABSOM’s MD program received an eight year accreditation – the maximum possible – and in 2013, its Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) program received the maximum 12 year accreditation.

JABSOM ranks #1 in the nation by the Association of American Medical Colleges in retention of combined MD and Resident alumni practicing in state. Nearly 80% of the physicians highlighted as the “Top Doctors in Hawai‘i” in Honolulu Magazine earned their medical degree or completed their residency at JABSOM or currently serve as faculty.

Faculty (AY 2016-2017)

Full-time faculty 184
Part-time faculty 241
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 68
Full-time faculty in clinical program 116
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 21
Part-time faculty in clinical program 220
Volunteer basic sciences faculty 69
Volunteer clinical faculty 1334

Tuition and Fees (per year)

Resident $36,672
Non-Resident $71,328
Resident $36,672
Non-Resident $71,328
2020-2021 – To be set by U.H. Regents


JABSOM is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. In 2017, JABSOM’s MD program received an eight year accreditation – the maximum possible – and in 2013, its Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) program received the maximum 12 year accreditation.

Community-Based Medical School

The John A. Burns School of Medicine is a LCME nationally-accredited community-based medical school. A community-based medical school partners with community hospitals to achieve its educational mission, rather than having a traditional university hospital that is integrated with the school. This follows the “community-based” movement that supports the belief that medical education focuses largely on the needs of the community where students are provided opportunities to interact with and learn from people from a wide range of social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Hospital Affiliations


Centers, Divisions and Institutes

Research & Discovery

The 2005 opening of the JABSOM Kaka‘ako Campus, with construction funded by Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement monies designated by the Hawai‘i State Legislature, has strengthened the medical school. Prior to JABSOM’s move to Kaka‘ako, JABSOM ranked 111th in total NIH award dollars. In 2013, JABSOM ranked 85th out of 139 U.S. medical schools receiving NIH award dollars.

For the last three years, JABSOM has ranked #1 in NIH research awards among community-based public medical schools (i.e., public medical schools without a university hospital).
In FY2012, JABSOM ranked in the TOP 20 – alongside Stanford, Duke, UCSD, Yale, Johns Hopkins and others – for medical school faculty NIH awards per full-time faculty capita. It is the only public medical school with no university hospital in this upper echelon.

In 2015, the JABSOM SimTiki simulation center became one of only 13 U.S. simulation centers at the time accredited for research, as well as education and teaching.
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