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.
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii is listed highly in the 2022 “Best Medical School” rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. Medical schools are ranked by peer institutions and via a few national metrics in two main categories: “Primary Care” and “Research.”
This year JABSOM is ranked at #24 in the Primary Care category out of the 122 ranked schools (selected from approximately 180 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools based in the US). This is the second time in 5 years that JABSOM made the top 25 (ranking #19 in the U.S. in Primary Care in 2016). Today, JABSOM is tied with Dartmouth College (NH), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Vermont. JABSOM is also ranked #31 in the percentage of graduates practicing in primary care fields. In Research, JABSOM is ranked at #64 and tied with Rush University (IL).
Students (AY 2020-21)
|MD Students Total Enrolled||305|
|Approximate Annual MD applicants||2,176|
|MD New Entrants First-Year Class||78|
|Medical school alumni (MD and Resident)||> 4000|
|‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program||12|
Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Biomedical Sciences (Tropical Medicine) (MS, PhD)||15, 9|
|Cell & Molecular Biology (MS, PhD)||10, 14|
|Clinical & Translational Research (MS, PhD)||8, 2|
|Developmental & Reproductive Biology (MS) (PhD)||5, 10|
|Master’s Degree (MS) in Communication Sciences Disorders||22|
Bachelor of Science (BS) or other programs and certificates
|Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Medical Technology||26|
|Medical Technology Post-Baccalaureate Program||24|
|Certificate in Tropical Medicine Program (GCERT)||9|
|Certificate in Clinical Research (GCERT)||2|
Graduate Medical Education Residents and fellows 228
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 2020-2021)
|Full-time faculty in basic sciences||43|
|Full-time faculty in clinical program||247|
|Part-time faculty in basic sciences||4|
|Part-time faculty in clinical program||75|
|Volunteer basic sciences faculty||13|
|Volunteer clinical faculty||917|
Tuition and Fees (per year)
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. JABSOM’s residency and fellowship programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education – 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.
Centers, Divisions and Institutes
- Asia-Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
- Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Disease Research
- Center for Clinical Skills
- Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research
- Hawai‘i Center for AIDS
- ‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post-Baccalaureate Program
- Institute for Biogenesis Research
- Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence
- Pacific Disabilities Center
Research & Discovery
JABSOM’s Pacific island location has encouraged a research focus in Native Hawaiian health and medicine, cross-cultural psychiatry, complementary and alternative medicine, and the communicable and infectious diseases of Asia and the Pacific.
Research efforts are targeted toward eliminating the health disparities which burden segments of our multicultural population. JABSOM researchers strive for answers that can rapidly be transferred to medical settings to improve patient care. JABSOM is also known for leadership in reproductive and developmental biology, including mammalian cloning.
Annually, JABSOM secures approximately $42 million in external funding, most of it for research, from the National Institutes of Health. Benefiting from its move to the Kaka`ako campus, JABSOM research has moved up 29 spots in securing federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds, to rank 82 out of 138 U.S. medical schools.