The University of Hawaii’s John A Burns School of Medicine is offering a 5-month long training program as an alternative track for third year medical students. So far, 39 medical students have signed up for this program.

Students in this program will be working directly with members of the community under the supervision of 6 faculty physicians known as, “preceptors.” Each student will be paired with a preceptor at their medical offices, clinics or hospitals throughout Hawaii. 24 students will be stationed on O’ahu and the remaining 15 students will be stationed on neighboring islands.

The director of medical education, Dr. Jill Omori said, “The longer-term training in those communities allows the medical students to get intensive one-on-one mentoring from the physician they are paired with. The students also get to witness the continuity of care (the care of a patient over a period of time, often including ongoing health management), which is an important concept in healthcare today.”

Clinical training for these students is a partnership between the community, physicians and healthcare facilities. These facilities include: The Queen’s Health Systems, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health (Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center), Kuakini Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs/Tripler Army Medical Center, the Physician Center at Mililani, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Shriners Hospital for Children, Wahiawā General Hospital, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and multiple other sites.