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University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1965
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 66
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University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)
Allopathic Medical School
Honolulu
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 65 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS - 0 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $34,896
  • Non - Resident Tuition $69,240
  • Application Fee $150
  • AVG MCAT 511
  • AVG GPA 3.7
  • LIZZYM Score 68.1

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Medical Education Building
  • 651 Ilalo Street
  • Honolulu 96813
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

JABSOM`s mission is to teach and train high quality physicians, biomedical students, and allied health professionals for Hawai`i and the Pacific, and to conduct both clinical and basic research in areas of specific interest to our community and region. JABSOM is the most culturally and ethnically diverse medical school in the country and its student body mirrors the rich diversity of the state`s population.

Curriculum

The MD Program is comprised of five curricular units in the first two years. There are also opportunities for electives in Units 2-5, Primary Care and Community Medicine experiences, and Board Review elective for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1. Clinical clerkships take in the third and fourth years, but there is less of a division between the preclinical and clinical parts of the MD Program than in more traditional schools. Patient contact and clinical skills development start in Unit 1 and increase throughout the program. The scientific background for understanding patients` problems, while more intensely studied in earlier units, continues into the third and fourth year programs as it is relevant to the care of any patient in any clinical situation.

Facilities

Centers and Programs: Institute for Biogenesis Research, Ecology and Health Group, Sports Medicine and Human Performance, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, Imi Ho`ola Post-Baccalaureate Program (12-month post-college program for disadvantaged students), International Health, Center on Aging, Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Hawai`i AIDS Clinical Trial Unit, Telehealth Research Institute, Clinical Research Center, Pacific Center for Early Human Development, and Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

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Positively 45
Negatively 4
No change 1

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.31 64

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
7.44 43

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What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"I had three interviews in total; one MS4, one faculty, and Dr. Asano. My hope for the interview is that the interviewers need to be more friendly to potential students because students are also interviewing the school. The relationship between interviewees and students should be mutual and bi-directional. If the interviewers are not friendly to the prospective students, how can students even consider the school for attendance over other schools?" More from this Member | Report Response

"The secondary application should be online, instead of mailed." More from this Member | Report Response

"An online/electronic secondary application would decrease paper waste, eliminate the need to ship materials to Hawaii, and likely be more easily accessible for multiple interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"I would suggest using an online secondary application." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you're going to use a ranked waitlist, it's kind of shady to keep it confidential" More from this Member | Report Response

"change the interview scheduling process. It was stressful trying to coordinate between three interviewers." More from this Member | Report Response

"It would be nice to have an internet-based secondary application." More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why JABSOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to come to JABSOM?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any leadership experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what do you know about PBL and its pros and cons?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about a clinical experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"A big part of medicine is gray, not always black and white. What do you think about that?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself" More from this Member | Report Response

"1st: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why/How did you choose your undergrad school? What did you do to finish your undergrad in just 3 years? What is something special or unique about Hawaii compared to mainland states (I'm from HI but attending mainland school)? Why do you want to come back here in Hawaii? Do you think you can handle the med sch coursework? How familiar are you with the PBL curriculum? What are your parents' jobs? Is it confusing to know how to speak in three different languages? Do you work? Tell me about your research. What is your favorite subject? Why JABSOM? What did you do in the HPA program?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Stem cells-what is the controversy?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why PBL?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Hawaii? Why MD? Why not something else? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Do you plan to practice in Hawaii? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What would your friends say about you?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Aside from helping people why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in 8 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what did you study over the summer at Johns Hopkins?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What concerns do you have about attending medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your support network?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of leadership experience do you have? How do you work in a team?" More from this Member | Report Response

"academics" More from this Member | Report Response

"how much do you know about PBL? advantages and disadvantages?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why an MD instead of PhD" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you have any questions for me? (Dr. Izutsu)" More from this Member | Report Response

"what are the pros and cons of.....(pick an issue)" More from this Member | Report Response

"why jabsom" More from this Member | Report Response

"why medicine? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why practice medicine in Hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"can you tell me about yourself?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Why Hawaii? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your clinical experience." More from this Member | Report Response

"what would you do if you didn't get in this year?" More from this Member | Report Response

"When have you had a personal crisis, and how did you solve it? (next question was academic crisis)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why Hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your parents/family. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one quality you posess that you are the most proud of? (Asked as if it was a REALLY deep question!!)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialty are you interested in?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the one most profound experience you have had in your life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Choose a specific ethical issue and describe how you would approach it." More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your greatest achievement?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"See above. That's pretty much it, everything else pretty conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Interview 1: What did you do during your summer vacations (during undergrad)? What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What are your weaknesses? List it until you can't do anymore." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are some books you've read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the Vietnamese population in Southern California? (Note: I am Vietnamese, and we were talking about how in Santa Ana there was a Little Saigon)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would your girlfriend move out to Hawaii with you for medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what were the "intangibles" of your college experience?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you watch House?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes a person "good"?" More from this Member | Report Response

"none" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a 5 year old and 50 year old patient arrived at the ER with similar injuries, will all things being equal, which one would you treat? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Wow, blanking. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your strengths and weaknesses as a learner?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I could be a fruit what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how does a major in medical anthropology affect the way in which you look at issues in biomedicine today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the current state of medicare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you describe yourself in three words?" More from this Member | Report Response

"ethical question" More from this Member | Report Response

"ethical questions like "if your best friend's 14 yr old daughter came in asking for birth control pills, what would you do?" etc..." More from this Member | Report Response

"Outline the fundamental differences between the US and Canadian healthcare systems. Which one works better?" More from this Member | Report Response

""I will be personally interviewing more than 120 applicants... How would you want to make yourself stand out amongst those in the applicant pool?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were going to invite 5 historical figures to dinner, which ones would you invite and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would your family feel about you moving so far away" More from this Member | Report Response

"considering the ecology of animals, what would you do if you had to choose between saving a patient's life, or having that person pass on a horrible genetic disease?" More from this Member | Report Response

"what has brought you to this decision to pursue medicine, no less, in hawaii?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing interesting... all standard" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked to demonstrate how I would teach CPR to small children, my volunteer experience" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing in particular other than how I chose my path to medicine, given that I was a non-traditional applicant (having a MPH and working at the federal government)." More from this Member | Report Response

"very straight forward questions - most interesting was probably "if i were to speak for you in front of the adcomm, what would you want me to say?"" More from this Member | Report Response

"Did Baldwin (my high school) prepare you well to go into medical school? We don't get very many applicants from Baldwin." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think makes a good doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing tricky. " More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about the ambiguity in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"where do you see yourself in terms of practicing in hawaii" More from this Member | Report Response

"My second interviewer explained a scenario and asked what I thought about it. She wanted to see if I could point out the bioethical issue and I did. She did not give me any hints." More from this Member | Report Response

"Why UH?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the biggest personal challenge you think you will face as a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was not asked any interesting questions at all - they were all very generic and unimpressive." More from this Member | Report Response

"If I was to go in front of the admissions commitee what would you like for me to tell them about you." More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could invite any 5-6 people from any period of time (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would it be and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What kinds of experiences have you had with different cultures?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were an internal medicine doctor, and your patient came to you complaining of chest pain, what steps would you take to diagnose him? (then when I answered that I wanted a certain test to be ordered, the doc would continue with..the test is negative..now what...)" More from this Member | Report Response

"None really- discussed my activities etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"I was given a scenario in which a hospitalized patient required an extended stay at the hospital. His/her insurance company was refusing to pay for any additional days. What would I do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were an HIV+ surgeon, would I continue to practice/tell my patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Typical questions, nothing interesting." More from this Member | Report Response

"Hypothetical situations - If you made a mistake during surgery and the patient died, what would you do? What would you tell the mother of a child with cancer if she wanted to try alternative medicine instead of chemo?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If a patient with cancer came to you wishing to commit suicide what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

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