COVID-19 Resources & Updates


Recent Announcements

Medical Education
Building Hours:
JABSOM Kakaʻako
Library Restrictions:
COVID-19 Patients Needed
for Active Research:
  1. JABSOM COVID notification protocol. (Opens in New Window)
  2. JABSOM Ohana Messages from Dean Hedges and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum.
  3. Building Hours/Library restrictions.
  4. JABSOM remains closed to the general public. All visitors must be approved/accompanied.
  5. COVID-19 patients needed for active research.


Have you come into contact with or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19?  See the JABSOM COVID notification protocol as of March 26, 2021  (opens in New Window).


Monday – Friday:    6:00 am to 12:00 am
Saturday:         7:00 am to 12:00 am
Sunday:          10:00 am to 12:00 am
Holidays:                       Closed               

The JABSOM Health Sciences Library remains closed to the public. The library remains open for JABSOM students/faculty/staff or pre-approved and sponsored small group activities, provided physical spacing requirements can be maintained. At all times, JABSOM students, faculty and staff will be given priority for in-person library usage.


Dr. Cecilia Shikuma and Cris Milne, APRN, MPH, seek 40 newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients to see if the blood pressure drug telmisartan can effectively relieve heart and lung symptoms. Click here for more information (opens in a New Window).


Screening Tools



Information for

Students:Employees:Clinicians:Research Operations:
In anticipation of returning to JABSOM, students please view these refresher videos from the CDC to ensure proper usage of PPE for when you return to a clinical site: ​how to don and doff face mask.

    • Medical Student FAQs​:  This page is updated with the latest information highlighted. If you have additional questions, the preferred method is to continue sending them to your respective class ombudsperson, as they have been collecting and organizing these prior to sending to us. Dr. Buenconsejo-Lum will work with appropriate leadership and decision-making bodies before updating this document. Since April 8, we have been having weekly Town Halls for the medical students and interested faculty on Wednesdays. In June, these will move to every 2 weeks on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm. Please contact Dr. Omori if you would like the link. These Town Hall sessions are recorded and the link will be posted on JBOWS.


    • Medical student pre-clinical courses​ were online starting March 23, 2020, through the end of this academic year per the main University of Hawaiʻi decision on March 18, 2020 (but this may change). However, Provost Bruno approved in-person examinations, standardized patients, OSCEs, and simulations at JABSOM. For the 2020-21 academic year, some pre-clinical course elements will remain online. JABSOM will be utilizing a hybrid model of instruction to maximize the learning of the MD Student curriculum.


    • Clinical components of ​medical student, communication sciences and disorders and medical technology students were suspended March 16-April 30, 2020. Some clinical sites allowed students back on May 1. Even in the 2020-21 academic year, there will likely be some continuation of alternate required learning activities and experiences. These will be communicated directly to the students by the department, program or Office of Medical Education. Please check your emails for further communication from OME.


    • Large group activities​ planned for more than 10 people were modified or canceled in accordance with CDC and State recommendations on March 18, 2020. Large group curricular sessions and events starting in July 2020 will conform to the State requirement of fewer than 50 people, adhere to applicable physical distancing and use of cloth face-covering requirements. Students, residents, and fellows should check their email frequently for updates.


  • Residents and fellows​ should follow their respective program and clinical rotation site guidance.
    Group learning typically held within clinical settings​ for medical students, residents, and fellows will be altered to promote physical distancing. Please check your email for details.
    Students working in research laboratories​ should adhere to UH Mānoa recommendations. Questions? See your advisor, graduate chair or ​Dr. Mariana Gerschenson.


Please check with your respective employers and supervisors if you have questions related to your work situation. Relevant links are below:





  • If you have a patient with possible symptoms and especially if they have traveled outside of Hawaii in the past 21 days or come into close contact with someone who has traveled outside of Hawaii, please use your clinical judgment and consider testing suspect patients. You can contact either the Hawaii Pacific Health Virtual Clinic (808-462-5430 press option 2) or The Queen’s Medical Center COVID-19 info line (808-691-2619 press option #2), even if you do not have a formal affiliation with either health system. You may also contact the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH), Disease Outbreak Control Division at (808) 586-4586. For more information see the HDOH updates for clinicians page.

Research Operations information forthcoming.


Additional Resources

In This Section:
JABSOM Training &
Technology Knowledge:
Research Support
  1. JABSOM Training and Technology Knowledge
  2. Research Support Resources
  3. Wellness Resources
  4. Community Resources
  5. Informational Videos


    • Sign up for Hawaii Department of Health (HDHOH) email alerts
    • New, user-friendly HDOH website for COVID-19 information:
    • Hawaii Pacific Health Virtual Clinic: 462-5430 (Press Option 2)



    • The Aloha United Way call center is open daily 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.



JABSOM Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lee Buenconsejo-Lum shares tips for protecting yourself and others:

We can prevent transmission of the virus by wearing homemade masks, while saving medical grade masks for health care workers:

Ways to Help

In This Section:
Opportunities Guide:
Consider a Gift:
COVID-19 Patients Needed
for Active Research:
  1. ms-shaka

    1. Volunteer Opportunities Guide
    2. Consider a Gift
    3. Clinical Trials: COVID-19 Patients Needed
COVID-19 Resource & Volunteer Opportunities Guide (New Window) from the UH Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies

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Dr. Cecilia Shikuma and Cris Milne, APRN, MPH, seek 40 newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients to see if the blood pressure drug telmisartan can effectively relieve heart and lung symptoms. Click here for more information (opens in a New Window).