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Matthew Camacho wins Best Poster Presentation by a Student at HPEC 2021

Date: March 29th, 2021 in JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

Matthew Camacho learns intubation

Pictured: Matthew Camacho (left) and his classmate learn to intubate a patient on Oct. 24, 2019. Vina Cristobal photo.

By Deborah Manog Dimaya, Interim Communications Director

The annual Health Professions Education Conference (HPEC), sponsored by the Office of Medical Education at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The conference focuses on faculty development throughout several UHM colleges and programs and stimulates academic exchange of educational methods and outcomes that allow them to teach and train high-quality healthcare professionals. This year’s conference involved JABSOM as well as the UHM School of Nursing, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science, Office of Public Health Studies, Dietetics Program and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

The theme for the first virtual HPEC, “Professionalism and Resiliency During Challenging Times,” reflected the past year and recognized the innovative efforts from faculty, administration and students alike of the different colleges, to adapt to a new and constantly evolving curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, there was a new record of 15 student poster submissions.

Matthew Camacho, MD 2023 candidate, won for “Best Poster Presentation by a Student” for his project “Knowledge of Business Practices in Healthcare: The Overlooked Non-Technical Skill in General Surgery Residency Training.” His faculty mentors from the UHM Department of Surgery include Dr. Kenric Murayama, department chair and Dr. Maria Chun, specialist and associate chair of administration and finance. His poster along with others from the conference can be viewed online at Scholarspace.

Matthew Camacho

Matthew Camacho in 2019. Deborah Dimaya photo.

See our Q&A with Camacho, below:

Q: Tell us more about your project.
A: My project focused on the business aspects of healthcare and how they are neglected in medical education, especially in residency. Most practicing physicians have not had formal education in this area, yet much of their livelihood depends on it. We were interested in learning more about residency programs that had a formal business curriculum in place and extracting their best practices. Our goal was to use this research as a foundation for our own curriculum at the UH general surgery residency program.

Q: What drives you and why do you want to become a physician?
A: I’m interested in studying medicine because I value how much of a difference an excellent physician can make. Back in high school, I had a devastating leg injury, which disabled me for about six months. My orthopedic surgeon was there for me every step of the way. At my most vulnerable moment, he was there for me. Not only did he help me heal by performing an excellent surgery, but it was through his caring and humorous personality as well. As a future physician, my goal is to emulate this and to treat and heal my patients as the entire person and not just the physical body.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Hilo, Hawaiʻi and I’m a proud graduate of Waiākea High School.

Q: What do you do when you’re not studying?
A: In my free time, I love to go to the beach, hangout with friends, surf, and eat!

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