A record 39 University of Hawaii students the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine represent a record-size group of future doctors who have signed up to spend a five-month stretch in a single place, learning from six faculty physicians called “preceptors.”
“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,” said Dr. Jill Omori, JABSOM’s director of medical education.
Twenty-four of the 39 students are stationed on Oahu this year in communities including Waimanalo, Kailua, Aiea, Mililani, Waipio, Wahiawa, Haleiwa, Kalihi and downtown Honolulu.
Fifteen students are residing and training on the neighbor islands.
The course is the longitudinal clerkship program and it is an alternative track for third-year medical students at the medical school.