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First Class Of 2020 Medical School Students From Disadvantaged Communities
ʻImi Hoʻōla students, from left, Leilani Manglicmot, Gavin Ha, Carrie Ip, Jaymes Lonzanida, Britney Quibelan, Eddy Leung, Christina Kawai and Keith Sablan holding their John A. Burns School of Medicine acceptance letters.
Imi Hoola students in the JABSOM class of 2020

ʻImi Hoʻōla students, from left, Leilani Manglicmot, Gavin Ha, Carrie Ip, Jaymes Lonzanida, Britney Quibelan, Eddy Leung, Christina Kawai and Keith Sablan holding their John A. Burns School of Medicine acceptance letters.

The first students to be accepted into the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine Class of 2020 earned their admission letters by completing the rigorous preparatory curriculum of the ʻImi Hoʻōla (“Those Who Seek to Heal”) Post-Baccalaureate Program.

ʻImi Hoʻōla recruits applicants from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds or communities, and the first slots in the upcoming class are reserved for those who complete the program. Students who choose to participate in the ʻImi program undergo intense training in science and the humanities compressed into less than a year.

This year’s ʻImi Hoʻōla students

  • Gavin Ha of Honolulu, Washington State University
  • Carrie Ip, UH Hilo
  • Christina Kawai, UH Mānoa
  • Eddy Leung, UH Mānoa
  • Jaymes Lonzanida, UH Mānoa
  • Leilani Mangilcmot, UH Mānoa and Johns Hopkins University
  • Britney Quibelan, UH Mānoa
  • Keith Sablan, University of Guam

Read more on the ʻImi Hoʻōla students at the JABSOM website.

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