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John A. Burns School of Medicine – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Medical School

Mailing Address
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone
(808) 692-0899
Email address
medadmin@hawaii.edu.
School Information
"The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is one of the leading medical education institutions in the United States... The school’s basic mission is not only to train high-quality physicians, but also to train biomedical scientists and allied health workers. Degrees and programs offered at JABSOM include... Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program... Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees..." The school enrolls 305 MD students and employs 131 full-time faculty. (Source: https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/about-us/) (Source: https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/about-us/facts-and-figures/)
General Information
The school is committed to "preparing a culturally competent health and science workforce that meets the needs of Hawaiʻi." Its "Introduction to Social Justice" elective includes material from "Harvard’s Project Implicit [Race IAT]" and "Systemic Racism in Psychiatry is Real." Also, the Health Sciences library released "Anti-Racism Sources" to "make yourself a more aware medical student and physician." These resources include "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi and "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.

Actions Taken

Resources
  • In June 2020, the school "held an open forum with our ‘ohana to discuss racism in America as a health issue. Many voices implored us to speak openly about racism in our society and asked what we can do as an institution...All were passionate about the need to end racist practices, behaviors, and attitudes that drive health inequities. This dialogue highlighted JABSOM’s ability to create thoughtful leaders who advocate for their community and fellow health care providers, as well as providing excellent care for each individual patient. Such community advocacy also has been evident through our ‘ohana’s participation in #WhiteCoats4Blacklives and other peaceful protests against racism – our nation’s other continuing public health crisis."
  • As part of its Global Health and International Medicine program, the school has a "Partnership for Social Justice," which is "an interest group made up of members from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, law, nursing, and public health. PSJ aims to make a lasting difference in our community through projects designed to address health and educational inequities, and to understand public policy in both local and global domains."
  • The school hosted a "Diversity Matters 2022" series, which provided "new knowledge and thought provoking discussions on meeting the healthcare needs of underserved populations, advocacy and action to promote racial and cultural equity and inclusion, diverse approaches to wellness, and women in medicine."
  • The school also has a "Cultural Competency Resource Guide."
  • The school offers students the "Dean’s Certificate of Distinction in Social Justice" and an "Introduction to Social Justice Elective."
  • The school's "Introduction to Social Justice" elective includes material from "Harvard’s Project Implicit [Race IAT]" and "Systemic Racism in Psychiatry is Real."
  • The Health Sciences library has "Books on Race and Anti-Racism," including "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi and "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The Health Sciences library released "Anti-Racism Sources" to "make yourself a more aware medical student and physician." These resources include "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" by Ibram X. Kendi and "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo.
  • The Health Sciences Library has a collection on "Race and Medicine." The library said, "Despite the best of intentions, medicine is not race blind. Regardless of education level, income level, and geographic location, patients of color and especially black patients receive less care and worse care. The problem is systemic, it is pervasive, and it is real."
  • The Health Sciences library has a tab within its "Race and Medicine" collection on "Resources for Teaching." The library said, "If you're ignoring race, you're failing your students and their patients."
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to an executive order on diversity training, school officials said, "Recent position statements by the LCME and ACGME promote an educational and training environment for students, residents and fellows that opposes systemic racism and leads to the development of a diverse physician workforce; a workforce that treats all patients with dignity and respect and seeks equitable health outcomes for all. The White House Executive Order related to diversity training includes elements which themselves may be divisive and undermine the medical community’s efforts to address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and health care disparities. In conjunction with our accrediting bodies, JABSOM will continue its efforts to provide a clinical learning environment that is inclusive and supportive of our ohana and the patients we treat."
  • The school's "Diversity, Equity, and Opportunities" site features a "Medical Student’s Commitment to Health Equity."
  • The school is committed to "preparing a culturally competent health and science workforce that meets the needs of Hawaiʻi."
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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