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University of Hawaii Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

JABSOM trains outstanding physicians & scientists for Hawaii & the Pacific. We select for academic potential, personal attributes such as commitment, community awareness, leadership, interpersonal skills and compassion) and a commitment to serve the people of Hawaii. Our students mirror the rich diversity of our state's population.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Dr. Ivy Nip Asano
Application fee  $150
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  No
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  July

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.68
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  31 MCAT total score
10 verbal reasoning
10 physical sciences
11 biological sciences
P writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology molecular and cell biology
organic chemistry biochemistry
physics general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL  N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.8:1
Full-time faculty  202
Part-time faculty  245
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  92
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  33
Full-time faculty in clinical program  110
Part-time faculty in clinical program  212

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $22.4
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  38
Principal investigators (PIs)  36
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  70

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children
Kuakini Medical Center
Straub Hospital
The Queen's Medical Center
Wahiawa General Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

Preclerkship curriculum is primarily Problem Based Learning, which allows students to learn basic & clinical science underlying health/illness thru case-based small group, self directed learning. Clinical years are based in community hospitals and clinics and includes rural medicine. We emphasize evidenced based practice and patient-centered communication. Research opportunities are available.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  67
Step 1: Percent passing  99%
Step 1: Average score  230
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  68
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  96%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  236

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  35
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.3
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $22.4
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $110.64

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  52
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  46.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.68
MCAT total score  31
Acceptance rate  5.5%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  0.8:1
Total medical school enrollment  269

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Jodie M. Kuba
Financial aid phone  (808) 956-7251



Full-time: $31,608 (in-state)
Full-time: $65,232 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $690
Room and board  $16,295
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $130,749

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  N/A
Students receiving loans  N/A
Students receiving grants/scholarships  N/A
Students receiving work study  N/A



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