With so many changes over the last year and a half, one thing remains the same, JABSOM plays a pivotal role in meeting the needs of Hawaii.
Every year up to 71 JABSOM medical students train on a neighbor island as part of their clinical training.
Geography is a defining issue for the state’s health system, with populations spread across seven islands. JABSOM’s rural and neighbor Island medical training is an important way that we support the healthcare needs of our entire state.
Through this rural health training program, we are able to provide opportunities for JABSOM students to experience medical practice in rural settings – where physician shortages are disproportionately high. This unique opportunity has proven to impact where our future physicians choose to practice, with 45% of JABSOM students who participate choosing to practice in a rural community.
Travel and housing expenses associated with a student’s rural and neighbor island training are not funded through the state or JABSOM tuition.
Our rural and neighbor Island medical training has been made possible over the years through the support of some generous benefactors, but our funds are now running low and the continuation of this wonderful and important program is in jeopardy.
We urgently need your help to ensure JABSOM can continue to provide our medical students with the opportunity to train on the neighbor islands.
Will you make a gift in support of this important program?
The rural and neighbor island medical education program is much more than a training program or cultural experience. It provides necessary medical services to our rural communties and it introduces medical students to the impact they can have in these underserved areas.
JABSOM urgently needs your support to continue this program! Please make a gift today!