The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), in partnership with Hawaii’s major teaching hospitals, is addressing the state’s worsening physician shortage by placing 240 doctors to work every year as trainees in its Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

As many as 80 percent of the doctors who graduate from JABSOM, together with the number of physician trainees who complete the GME program, stay in Hawaii to practice, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Adding eight new GME trainees per year will provide 80 additional fully trained doctors over the next decade.

GME Residency and Fellowship training for this year brought medical doctors from as far as Venezuela, Jordan and the Caribbean.