Application Procedure (MD Program)

Students pose after the Match Ceremony
The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The service permits an applicant to file a single application which is forwarded to as many participating medical schools as designated. AMCAS then forwards UH a copy of the completed application, and the applicant is contacted soon thereafter.  MCAT test scores from January 2016 to September 2018 (May 2018 for Early Decision) will be considered for the 2019 entering class application cycle. International students (includes applicants from Canada) who meet the requirements for admission may apply to JABSOM by submitting an application to AMCAS.

JABSOM will ask international students upon acceptance to medical school to provide a copy of their passport in accordance with Federal Name Change guidelines.

AMCAS Application Deadline to the 2019 Entering Class is November 1, 2018. The JABSOM regular application deadline is November 1, 2018. Per the AAMC instructions, the application deadline is the date by which your application must be submitted to AMCAS. You must submit your application, agree to the certification statement, and pay the appropriate fees by 11:59 pm (EST) of the deadline date. AMCAS Deadline Extensions will not be granted by JABSOM to applicants beyond the November 1, 2018 (EST) AMCAS deadline. Applicants are advised to check directly with AMCAS to ensure their applications are received by November 1, 2018. AMCAS Early Decision Application Deadline to the 2019 Entering Class is August 1, 2018. Competitive applicants with clear ties to Hawai‘i are encouraged to apply as Early Decision candidates. JABSOM conducts interviews from August through September for Early Decision candidates. AMCAS will start accepting transcripts the day the application cycle starts accepting applications for 2019. Transcripts must be received by AMCAS by the following dates:

  • Early Decision Program applications: August 1, 2018
  • Regular applications: 14 calendar days of the application deadline date by 5:00 pm (EST).  The transcript deadline for JABSOM is November 15, 2018.

If the transcript deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the posted transcript deadline will be on the next business day.

Criminal Background Check Program:

JABSOM participates in the Criminal Background Check (CBC) program.  Click here for more information about CBC.

JABSOM Application Processing Fee:

A $150 application processing fee* will be assessed to all applicants submitting an application to JABSOM.  JABSOM will not waive the $150 application processing fee nor accept the AMCAS Fee Waiver.

*Subject to change

Residency Screening for Application Purposes:

The John A. Burns School of Medicine’s first priority is to admit resident applicants with strong ties to the State of Hawai‘i. All applicants go through two screening processes. The initial Residency screen is to determine an applicant’s ties to Hawaiʻi.
To determine status as a ‘resident’ or ‘nonresident’ for application purposes to the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine, an applicant is scored on the following six criteria on the Residency Screen:

  • 1) legal residence of the applicant,
  • 2) legal residence of the applicant’s parents,
  • 3) birthplace,
  • 4) location of high school graduated,
  • 5) location of college or university attended (degree not required) and
  • 6) Legacy – parent/legal guardian is a JABSOM faculty member (FTE 50% or >) or JABSOM graduate.

The information will be accessed from the applicant’s AMCAS application. An applicant is required to have a minimum of three out of the six criteria indicating ties to the State of Hawaiʻi to be considered a ‘resident’ for application purposes. An applicant who has less than the minimum three points will be considered a ‘nonresident’ for application purposes. The Residency Screen is not to eliminate an applicant at this stage of the application process. The screen is used to determine whether an applicant proceeding to the Secondary/Academic Screen is a ‘resident’ or ‘nonresident’.

Secondary/Academic Screen:

The Secondary/Academic Screen requires both ‘resident’ and ‘nonresident’ applicants to meet a minimum cut-off score in order to proceed in the admissions process. The Secondary/Academic screen sets a higher cut-off for nonresident applicants than for resident applicants.

Interview Process:

The School of Medicine invites an applicant go through three interviews in Hawai’i. Interviews are conducted from August through February. All interviews are to be completed by mid-February. JABSOM’s pool of volunteer interviewers are comprised of clinical and basic science faculty, physicians, JABSOM alumni, members of the medical community, and fourth-year medical students. An applicant has two one-on-one interviews assigned from this pool of interviewers. Each interviewer will receive the applicant’s AMCAS Personal Comments essay and the two JABSOM essays prior to the interview. Interviewers are not given the academic transcripts or MCAT scores of an applicant. A third interview is conducted by the Director of Admissions.

Number of Applicants 265 1,785 2,050
Applicants Interviewed 168 107 275
First-Year New Entrants 62 10 72


Letters of Recommendation:

Applicants who are invited for interviews by JABSOM will be instructed to submit a minimum of two, but no more than ten letters of recommendation or a school’s composite letter of recommendation directly to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Letter Service. JABSOM will electronically receive all letters directly from AMCAS. This service will allow letter writers or schools to submit their letters one time to AMCAS (vs. having to send multiple letters to individual medical schools). AMCAS will receive letters from users of VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and via the mail. In addition, letter writers have the option to upload letters directly to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application.

NOTE: JABSOM will ONLY accept letters directly from the AMCAS service; therefore, instruct your letter writers or schools to mail or electronically upload their letters directly to AMCAS. For further instructions, please click here.

Admissions Status Timeline:

All interviewed applicants are reviewed and rated by the Admissions Committee upon completion of their application dossier. The Admissions Committee anticipates completion of review by mid-March. By late March, applicants are notified of their final admissions status. The class is comprised of 62 resident applicants. Nonresident candidates must be highly ranked, preferably with some ties to Hawaiʻi, to be accepted (approximately 10 nonresidents). A waitlist is made up of applicants ranked lower. No additional supplementary material is requested of applicants on the waitlist. Waitlisted applicants will remain in their rank order based on the Admissions Committee composite rate score.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine does not use a rolling admissions process. Exceptional candidates rated highly and recommended by the Admissions Committee for early notification of acceptance will be offered an acceptance after review rather than at the end of the admissions process.

JABSOM asks applicants with multiple acceptances to make a final decision in accordance with AAMC Traffic Rules. No deposit is required to hold a seat in the class.

The school does not encourage deferred admission. Accepted applicants wanting to defer must have a unique circumstance or an exceptional reason. Requests for deferment are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director and/or Admissions Committee.

JABSOM does not ordinarily consider requests for advanced standing (transfer) to the MD Program. Please refer to the Admissions Policy for Advanced Standing.

Please direct inquiries regarding admission to the John A. Burns School of Medicine to the Office of Admissions.

Phone: (808) 692-0892


Last revised: July 2018

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