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The Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP)

The Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program for Entering Hawai‘i Resident Freshman is a joint program offered by The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and Undergraduate Programs at UH Manoa, including: the Honors Program, Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center, ACE Learning Communities, Student Housing Services, and the Office of Admissions.

The primary goal of the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP) at UH Manoa is to commit access to JABSOM to outstanding high school graduates throughout the State of Hawai‘i who have demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment to pursuing a medical degree. DMEAP prepares students to become exemplary medical students through a quality undergraduate education.

Acceptance into DMEAP signifies a commitment by both JABSOM and the student. JABSOM commits to accepting the student upon entry to UH Manoa and the student commits to attending JABSOM upon successful completion of their undergraduate degree and DMEAP requirements. Thus, admission to DMEAP precludes applying to other medical schools. A commitment to serve in Hawai‘i upon completion of medical training is highly desirable.

Further program information and details may be found at manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/undergrad/early_admissions/index.html.

Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) supports health professions training experiences in rural and under-served areas of Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia). Training experiences can be preceptorships, clerkships, electives, cultural immersion experiences, or interprofessional training experiences such as the Rural Health Training Initiative in collaboration with the VA. AHEC supports continuity of rural training for students wishing to perform training experiences in a particular rural or under-served area during multiple years of their training. AHEC staff perform and support health careers recruitment programs across the state, support use of video teleconferencing for health education purposes, and hold the Hawai‘i Health Workforce Summit every September. Finally, AHEC is conducting a statewide physician workforce assessment and students can participate in studying aspects of the workforce, such as migration patterns and use of telehealth.

AHEC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The federal mandate is to improve the diversity, distribution, and quality of the health professions workforce. The mission of Hawai‘i/Pacific Basin AHEC is: To improve the health of the under-served through education. Activities focus on four primary areas: 1) Health education and recruitment to health professions for students across the region from kindergarten through college; 2) Educating health professions students in rural and under-served areas, often in interdisciplinary teams; 3) Recruitment, retention, and continuing education of practicing health professionals in medically under-served areas; and 4) Providing video connectivity for health education, communication, and other health care services to rural and under-served areas across the state through methodologies such as Project ECHO. Contact Dr. Kelley Withy for more information at withy@hawaii.rr.com, (808) 692-1060.

Overseas Programs

The school plays an extensive training role at locations outside Hawai‘i and expects that its involvement in the Pacific and Asia regions will continue. In the scattered islands of Micronesia, the school has trained medical officers (MOs) and physician assistants to bring primary care to a widely dispersed population. The curricula were relevant to the clinical and community health needs of the Pacific Basin. Graduates of the MO program received a Diploma in Community Health, Medicine, and Surgery. Training of other health professionals in the Pacific Basin area continues. On Okinawa, the school conducts a residency training program for graduates of Japanese medical schools. This program is financed by the Okinawa prefectural government. The school conducts a medical student exchange program with affiliated medical schools and hospitals in Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.