Medical students shine on national licensing exam

July 27th, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Campus News

medical students in training

The medical licensing exam scores of second year medical students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are on track to exceed the national average for the seventh year in a row.

Moreover, the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) students produced a 100 percent pass rate for the second year in a row. Every student passed step 1 of the national licensing exam, which assesses whether students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine.

The scores reflect how many talented young people Hawaiʻi has, says Damon Sakai, director of the JABSOM Office of Medical Education. “Again and again we find that JABSOM medical students are as good as any in the world.”

The students’ performance also reflects the UH medical school’s innovative curriculum and inspiring faculty, which provide a a unique framework to foster student self-directed learning that is better retained and applied, he adds.

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