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University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine

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The University of Hawaii is located in Honolulu. In 1961 the John A. Burns School of Medicine was founded as a 2-year program and expanded in 1973 to 4 years. The medical school is one of the components of the College of Health Science and Social Welfare, which includes schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Social Work.


4-year modern. The case-based curriculum, which involves active student participation, is characterized by thefollowingfeatures:theuseofproblem-basedmodules to acquire knowledge, small group tutorials to enhance self-directed learning, the basic sciences presented in the context of solving clinical problems, students being taught to think critically and to evaluate new information and research data with group leaders serving as educational facilitators, and content experts who function as information resources. For the learning process, the laboratory exercises, demonstrations, the library and audiovisual and computer centers supplement faculty input. First and second years: These are divided into Units I

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Minority admissions: A special program provides students from socioeconomically and academically underprivilegedareaswiththeopportunitytostudymedicine. Other degree programs: Dual MD-MS and MD-PhDprogramsareofferedinavarietyofdisciplines.


Specific work required for entrance consists of the minimum premedical science courses. Courses should be of the type acceptable for majors. One semester of biochemistry as well as molecular and cell biology and one year of mathematics and English are advised; behavioral sciences are recommended. Residents of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands are given preference.


Grades are recorded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory during the first, second, and fourth years, and honors/satisfactory/unsatisfactory in the third year. The student must obtain passing total scores on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE for graduation. Teaching: The Biomedical Sciences Building on the University of Hawaii Maanoa campus houses the basic science departments. The clinical departments are based in affiliated community hospitals, where clinical teaching takes place. Library: The principal library resources are the Hawaii Medical Library adjacent to the Queen’s Medical Center and Hamilton Library on the University of Hawaii at Maanoa campus. Several hospital libraries are also available. Housing: Students are expected to make their own living arrangements.

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