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Alumni Association hosts successful inaugural JABSOM CME in Vegas
A large group of participants at the 2019 Vegas CME. Julie Inouye photo.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, Deputy Communications Director
Nearly a hundred physician alumni from the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) gathered in Las Vegas in October for a weekend of work and a little bit of fun. The inaugural JABSOM Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program offered on the continental United States was held at the Treasure Island Hotel from Oct. 11-13. Attendees earned up to nine credits over the course of three days.
The conference, planned by the JABSOM Alumni Association, offered several sessions including updates on artificial intelligence in medical education, infectious diseases, critical care, oncology, medical aid in dying, physician wellness, social justice, human trafficking as well as what’s new at the University of Hawaii Medical School.
Participants were treated to a welcome lunch hosted by Dean Hedges and had the chance to win raffle prizes, such as poker chips worth $50 each, which was provided by an anonymous donor. The big winner was Dr. Robb Nagata (JABSOM 1997), an anesthesiologist practicing in Washington, who scored two round trip tickets to Oahu, courtesy of the University Health Partners of Hawaii.
The fun wasn’t limited to just event attendees–in fact, Dr. Nolan Higa (JABSOM 1975) heard about the event and called some of his old classmates to join him for a weekend in Las Vegas. Although many of his colleagues are now retired, Dr. Higa and other ‘75 alumni stopped by the conference and had a separate reunion luncheon of their own.
JABSOM Alumni Engagement Coordinator Christie Leidholm said that several of the event participants appreciated that the conference was held on the mainland because it’s difficult for them to take time off from work to fly to Hawaii for professional development.
The daily session schedule was abbreviated, allowing enough time for participants to relax and enjoy Vegas’ plethora of dining and entertainment options. Many of the participants attended shows by Journey, Barry Manilow and Gwen Stefani.
Following the great success of the first mainland CME, the JABSOM Alumni Association is committed to returning to Las Vegas in 2020.