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Matthew Camacho wins Best Poster Presentation by a Student at HPEC 2021
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.
See our Q&A with Camacho, below:
Q: Tell us more about your project.
Q: What drives you and why do you want to become a physician?
Q: Where are you from?
Q: What do you do when you’re not studying?