More than half of the University of Hawaiʻi’s graduating MD class choose to become first contact physicians for majority of patients
Pictured: Collage of JABSOM medical students celebrating Match Day 2020.
The MD 2020 Class recently learned where they will begin training their training as new doctors
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, Interim Communications Director
The MD Class of 2020 at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) recently learned which U.S. Residency Program they have been accepted into as new doctors in training for the next three to seven years, which is required before they can begin practicing medicine independently. The process of being accepted into post-medical school graduate medical education is called “Match Day.” The 2020 Match in the United States was the largest in history with a record-high 40,084 U.S. and international applicants vying for an available 37,256 residency positions, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
During this critical time in health care, the JABSOM MD Class of 2020 is especially looking forward to becoming physicians.
“Seeing everyone working on the front lines right now, all the doctors, all the nurses, it just encourages us (medical students) and reminds us that we made the right decision by joining this profession. It readies us for when we actually begin our residency. We start in July and we’ll be on the front lines of it all” said Joseph Go, fourth-year medical student at JABSOM.
At the UH medical school, 65 members of the graduating class matched into 12 different medical specialties in 19 different states including Hawaiʻi and one in Canada. More than half of the students are going to be doctors who provide the first contact for the majority of patients, including specialties with significant shortages (these include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and OB-Gyn). By far those who matched into training programs on the mainland stuck as close to home as possible, matching into one of the 19 accredited Graduate Medical Education programs offered at UH or seeking matches into programs along the West Coast, including California, Oregon and Washington.
45 of the 65 graduating JABSOM MDs in the 2020 Match will stay close to home, beginning their next phase of training in Hawaiʻi or on the West Coast.
From mid-January to late February, our fourth-year medical students and those around the country have been applying to residency programs.The students ranked their preferred programs and the program directors leading those residency programs ranked the student applicants in order of preference. Students and programs submitted the preference lists to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), where a computer performed the actual “match”.
For the first time, the usual spectacle of a campus gathering of JABSOM students, cheered on by their families, as they rip open envelopes at the same time to find out where they’ve matched to, was canceled. In order to promote safety and social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students celebrated the match remotely in their homes.
In Brief — The specialties chosen by MD 2020:
14 Internal Medicine
9 Emergency Medicine
6 Family Medicine
3 General Surgery
3 Orthopedic Surgery
1 Vascular Surgery
Where are they going into Residency?
- 20 in Hawaiʻi
- 21 in California
- 3 in Oregon
- 2 in Florida
- 2 in Massachusetts
- 2 in New York
- 2 in Pennsylvania
- 1 in Arizona
- 1 in Connecticut
- 1 in Georgia
- 1 in Illinois
- 1 in Minnesota
- 1 in Nebraska
- 1 in Nevada
- 1 in Ohio
- 1 in South Carolina
- 1 in Texas
- 1 in Utah
- 1 in Washington
- 1 in Canada
The Match List University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine – Class of 2020:
1. Danielle Acacio trains at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center (MOFMC), an Air Force hospital, with the University of Nevada in Family Medicine.
2. Asia Ayabe stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Obstetrics-Gynecology.
3. Jin Bae trains at Loma Linda University for Med-Prelim and NYU Grossman School of Medicine for Anesthesiology.
4. Woo Ri Bae trains at Zucker School of Medicine for Psychiatry.
5. Vladimir Bernstein trains at Cook County Health and Hosps Systems for Emergency Medicine.
6. Qian Bian trains at the University of Ottawa for Family Medicine.
7. Christa Brown trains at Dignity Methodist Hospital in Family Medicine.
8. Bryston Chang trains at UC Irvine Med Center in Pediatrics.
9. Caitlin Clark trains at University of Utah Health in Psychiatry.
10. Tru Dang trains at Medical University of SC in Vascular Surgery.
11. Ryan Ebisu trains at Oregon Health & Science Univ. in Emergency Medicine.
12. Kaitlynn Ebisutani stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Obstetrics-Gynecology.
13. Michael Fujita stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Obstetrics-Gynecology-Prelim
14. Joseph Go stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Primary Medicine.
15. Alison Goo stays at the the University of Hawaiʻi for Primary Medicine.
16. Gavin Ha stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Surgery-Prelim.
17. James Ha stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Medicine-Prelim and will also train at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Diagnostic Radiology.
18. Audrey Hagiwara trains at Cedars Sinai Med Center in Internal Medicine.
19. Gregory Harbison trains at UC Davis Medical Center in Orthopaedic Surgery.
20. Lucas Heldt Manica trains at Mayo Clinic School of GME in Anesthesiology.
21. Chae Won Im trains at Emory University SOM in Psychiatry.
22. Brandon Ing trains at Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles in Obstetrics-Gynecology.
23. Carrie Ip stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Pediatrics.
24. Laura Kagami trains at Childrens Hospital-Philadelphia in Pediatrics.
25. Trace Kalei stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Research.
26. Brittni Kam trains at Stanford University Programs in Pediatrics.
27. Brysa Kato stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Internal Medicine.
28. Kaily Kuikahi trains at Kaiser Permanente-Oakland in Pediatrics.
29. Andrew Kuriyama trains at University of Southern California in Anesthesiology.
30. Geoffrey Kusaka trains at Cedars Sinai Med Center in Internal Medicine.
31. Alda Lam trains at Childrens Hospital-Oakland in Pediatrics.
32. Kaahukane Leite-Ah Yo trains at UCLA Medical Center in Primary Medicine.
33. Eddy Leung BI Deaconess Medical Center in Internal Medicine.
34. Shuyang Liu trains at SUNY-HSC Brooklyn in Orthopaedic Surgery.
35. Jaymes Lonzanida trains at Desert Regional Medical Center in Emergency Medicine.
36. Hollyann Loui trains at UCLA Medical Center in Internal Medicine.
37. Derron Maki trains at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Anesthesiology.
38. Scott Marison Jr. stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for General Surgery.
39. Monet Miske trains at Oregon Health & Science Univ. in Emergency Medicine.
40. Daniel Miyamoto stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Internal Medicine.
41. Charis Mok trains at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Family Medicine.
42. Kayla Murata stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Family Medicine.
43. Andi Ngo trains at Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center in Psychiatry.
44. Christina Park stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Internal Medicine.
45. Kara Paul trains at Oregon Health & Science Univ. in Anesthesiology.
46. Kelsey Pavlosky trains at Univ. Massachusetts Med School in General Surgery.
47. Blake Pinell stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Psychiatry.
48. Britney Quibelan stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Family Medicine.
49. Keith Sablan stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Internal Medicine.
50. Kody Sacks-Moynihan trains at Aventura Hospital in Emergency Medicine.
51. Megan Stevenson stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Obstetrics-Gynecology.
52. Jaskirat Takhar trains at Case Western Univ. Hospital for Med-Prelim and Case Western Reserve Univ. Hospital in Opthalmology.
53. Christopher Tanabe trains at Methodist Hospital in Internal Medicine.
54. Bryce Tanaka stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Internal Medicine.
55. Christopher Tokeshi stays at the University of Hawaiʻi for Psychiatry.
56. Andrew Tokumi trains at Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine in Emergency Medicine.
57. Zachary Tom trains at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Internal Medicine.
58. Nicholas Tran trains at Childrens Hospital-Oakland in Pediatrics.
59. Sailesh Tummala trains at Mayo Clinic School of GME in Orthopaedic Surgery.
60. Erica Warkus trains at Florida State University COM in Emergency Medicine.
61. Hall Wu trains at University of Southern California in Anesthesiology.
62. Eri Yamaguchi trains at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Psychiatry.
63. Geoffrey Yee trains at St. Mary’s Medical Center for Medicine-Prelim and NYU Grossman School of Medicine in Anesthesiology.
64. Noa Yee trains at University of Southern California in Emergency Medicine.
65. Ryan Yee trains at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Emergency Medicine.
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