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MD Program

The MD program follows a problem-based curriculum, which was implemented in fall 1989. It includes the following key features: knowledge is acquired in problem-based modules; self-directed learning is fostered in small group tutorials; students are actively involved in the learning process; faculty members function as both facilitators of learning and resource experts; basic sciences are learned in the context of solving clinical problems; no discipline-specific courses are required; and interdisciplinary basic science lectures are integrated around cases. In addition, students are trained to think critically and to evaluate new information and research data. Evaluation is based on competence in a variety of problem-solving exercises. Early clinical and community experiences are also unique features of the curriculum. The curriculum courses are listed under biomedical sciences (BIOM).

Admission Requirements/Application Process

Candidates for MD training must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours of college-level course work. A baccalaureate degree is strongly recommended.

  • Biology (with lab) (8)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology (with lab) (4)
  • General Chemistry (with lab) (4)
  • Biochemistry (4)
  • General Physics (with lab) (8)

The science courses should be of the type acceptable for students majoring in the above areas (not survey-level) AND, where indicated, include laboratory experience. Additional enrichment in the biological and social sciences (e.g., immunology, genetics, microbiology, human anatomy, physiology, embryology, psychology, and sociology) are encouraged. Applicants also must be fully competent in reading, speaking, and writing the English language.

Applicants must apply through the American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS). The service permits an applicant to file a single application, which is forwarded to as many participating medical schools as designated. Application request forms may be obtained from a pre-med adviser, any participating medical school, or the Office of Student Affairs after April of each year.

Applicants also must take the nationally administered Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which deals with knowledge of the physical and biological sciences and skills in verbal reasoning and writing, within three years of expected date of matriculation.

Each entering class of MD candidates is limited to 62 students. Correspondence regarding admissions should be directed to Admissions Office, John A. Burns School of Medicine, 651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 or via e-mail mnishiki@hawaii.edu. Further information may be obtained on the web at hawaiimed.hawaii.edu. Applications are accepted from June 1 through November 1 for entry the following year.