Maikaʻi Loa: Attain Lasting Optimal Health for All (ALOHA).
The school aims to be the premier medical school in the Pacific, training and educating a diverse community of physicians, biomedical scientists and allied health workers who are committed to our vision of ALOHA: Attain Lasting Optimal Health for All.
Our MD program is unique in its use of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and community-based medicine. Students are trained in affiliated community hospitals and clinics, which gives them real-world experience from the start.
Our research has received international recognition for its pioneering work on human fertility, human heredity, comparative genetics, evolution theory, infectious disease, pharmacology and cross-cultural psychiatry, among many other fields. The school is also affiliated with the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center.
Due to the state’s unique location in the middle of the Pacific and its history of immigration, the state is a melting pot of diverse ethnic groups. JABSOM’s primary research focus is on improving the health of several of our ethnic groups, many of whom are otherwise underrepresented in research and who face a disproportionate burden of chronic disease. The school is ideally qualified for this work due to its diverse population and its commitment to conducting research with those groups in a culturally humble and community-engaged manner.