GME Administration

Office of the DIO

Susan Steinemann
Susan Steinemann, MD, FACS,
Designated Institutional Official, Professor

Department of Surgery

JABSOM is led by the Designated Institutional Official (DIO). The Office of the DIO (ODIO) is a structure within the Office of the Dean of JABSOM that provides the institutional oversight for GME and is responsible for the effective operations of the Sponsoring Institution’s Residency and Fellowship Programs, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Establishing and maintaining a working relationship with Hawaiʻi Residency Program’s (HRP) governing body
  • Management
  • Administrative staff
  • Residents

The DIO is the executive head of the ODIO and responsible for its daily operations. In addition to the DIO, the ODIO leadership is made up of the Deputy DIO, Assistant DIO, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and liaison support provided by HRP. 

JABSOM GME programs are accredited by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). For more information regarding our public accreditation information, click on the link and enter the Sponsor Code = 140439. ACGME Sponsor Search Website.

UH JABSOM Residents and Fellows are welcome to submit comments/questions to the GME office anonymously by clicking HERE. This should NOT contain any confidential patient information; nor should it be used for any such purpose related to patient information.

Members of the ODIO

Office of the DIO Members

Left to right:

  • Holly Olson, MD, MACM, FACOG, Associate Professor, Department of OB-GYN, Deputy DIO
  • Lynn Iwamoto, MD, FAAP, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Assistant DIO
  • Natalie Talamoa, MBA, Executive Director, HRP
  • Marlene Keawe, MBA, GME Operations Director & GME Administrator, HRP
  • Crystal Costa, Program Specialist, GME

Organizational & Operational Structures



Please click HERE to see an enlarged version outlining the details of the organizational and operational structures.

Annual Reports

Additional information regarding JABSOM GME programs may be found in the annual reports to the UH Board of Regents, Institutional Executive Summaries below:

JABSOM participates and works closely with the Hawaiʻi Medical Education Council to make recommendations annually to our legislature. Annual reports may be accessed using the links below:

Statement of Commitment

JABSOM Adapted Statement on SCOTUS Race-Conscious Admissions Ruling

The University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is fully committed to strengthening the diversity of our student body, physician, health sciences workforce, learning environment, and workplace. We embrace diversity and inclusion as part of our shared values, which are responsive to our unique location and our responsibility to the peoples of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. We uphold that an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for similarities and differences in our communities advances our missions of education and teaching, research and innovation, clinical healing, and community engagement. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in higher education will not deter us from our vision, mission, and values.

Diversity sparks creativity and enhances problem-solving that incorporates understanding and addressing many sociocultural and historical determinants of health, healthcare, and health inequities. The Association of American Medical Colleges and its strategic initiatives, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education promote educational training environments for students, residents, and fellows that oppose systemic racism and support a diverse physician workforce that treats all patients with dignity and respect and seeks equitable healthcare outcomes for all. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation standards requires us to have "effective policies and practices in place, and engage in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve mission-appropriate diversity outcomes among our students, faculty, senior administrative staff, and other relevant members of our academic community."

JABSOM’s MD program is among the nation’s leaders in preparing graduates to care for patients of different backgrounds. Many of our alumni provide care to underserved and rural populations throughout Hawaiʻi and serve as advocates and leaders in their communities, health systems, and federally qualified health centers. We firmly believe that a diverse healthcare provider and science workforce results in improved care, improved access, increased trust, better partnerships, and better science to achieve our vision of Attaining Lasting Optimal Health for All.

JABSOM has long considered multiple factors and individual applicants’ lived experiences in our medical student admissions process. Like the larger University of Hawaiʻi system, we are analyzing the Supreme Court ruling and related US Department of Education policies. We currently adhere to the ruling while maintaining our commitments to diversity and equity to meet the educational and workforce needs of Hawaiʻi.

To view the entire statement, please click here.

Contact Us

For more information regarding our GME office, please contact Crystal Costa, Program Specialist, at or by phone, (808) 692-0989.

Kakaʻako Campus
651 Ilalo St., MEB 2nd Floor, Dean’s Suite
Honolulu, HI 96813

To provide feedback related to GME anonymously, please click HERE.