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School of Medicine

General Information

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) works to improve the quality, effectiveness, and equity of health-care delivery in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. The school provides opportunity for qualified residents of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands, including students from various underrepresented socioeconomic and minority groups, to qualify for an MD degree; provides MD graduates with competency to enter postgraduate programs; and provides residency training programs with emphasis on primary-care specialties.

The school also administers graduate research and professional programs leading to MS, PhD and MPH degrees in the basic medical sciences and health-related fields; BS degree programs in speech pathology and audiology and medical technology; and undergraduate courses for majors in nursing, dental hygiene, biology, nutrition, and other fields.

In addition, the school—together with the Hawai‘i Medical Association and the Hawai‘i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education—sponsors continuing medical education for physicians in the state of Hawai‘i.

The school provides instruction for five major categories of students:

  1. Candidates for the MD degree who are admitted directly by the school’s own admissions committee;
  2. Candidates for MS degrees in biomedical sciences (with concentrations in cell and molecular biology, clinical research, physiology, and tropical medicine), public health or in speech pathology and audiology who apply through the Graduate Division of UH Manoa;
  3. Candidates for the MPH degree who apply through the Graduate Division of UH Manoa;
  4. Candidates for PhD degrees in biomedical sciences with concentrations in clinical research, cell and molecular biology, epidemiology, physiology, and tropical medicine who apply through the Graduate Division of UH Manoa; and
  5. Candidates for undergraduate degrees in speech pathology and audiology or in medical technology, who apply through the undergraduate admissions office.

In addition, three certificate programs are offered through the school: an undergraduate certificate in aging, an advanced graduate certificate in gerontology, and a post-baccalaureate certificate for medical technology clinical training.


The school is accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

Additionally, all postgraduate medical education programs in Honolulu hospitals are accredited as UH School of Medicine residency programs by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. Approximately 240 physicians serve as house staff members in these hospitals under the direction of the medical school faculty.


The school maintains affiliations with the following community hospitals and medical facilities for medical student and resident training: Hawai‘i State Hospital; Kaiser Foundation Hospital; Kalihi-Palama Health Clinic; Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children; Kapi‘olani Medical Center at Pali Momi; Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center; Kuakini Medical Center; Le‘ahi Hospital; The Physician Center; Queen Emma Clinics; Queen’s Medical Center; Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific; St. Francis Medical Center; St. Francis Medical Center–West; Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children; Straub Clinic and Hospital; Tripler Army Medical Center; Wahiawa-General Hospital; Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center; and the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.


Bachelor’s Degrees: BS in medical technology, BS in speech pathology and audiology

Master’s Degrees: MS in biomedical sciences (cell and molecular biology, clinical research, physiology, and tropical medicine); MPH and MS in public health; MS in speech pathology and audiology

Professional Degree: MD

Doctoral Degrees: PhD in biomedical sciences (cell and molecular biology, epidemiology, physiology, and tropical medicine)



Premedical advising is conducted by the Student Academic Services Office of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.

Academic Policies

Undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Medicine must adhere to the academic policies of UH Manoa. Medical students are exempted from certain UH Manoa policies and instead must follow academic policies germane to the MD program. Copies are available in the school’s Office of Student Affairs and the Learning Resource Room.

Undergraduate Programs

For information on medical technology or speech pathology and audiology, refer to the respective sections of the Catalog.