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Outstanding rating for UH Medical School's Surgical Fellowship program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 9, 2009

The John A. Burns School of Medicine's Surgical Critical Care Fellowship program has won a commendation reserved for only an extremely small number of Residency and Fellowship Programs reviewed annually in the United States.

The Surgical Fellowship's status signifies that a training program is not only in substantial compliance with accreditation standards but also provides an exemplary educational experience.

"For our surgery fellowship to have attained this laudatory designation for two consecutive surveys is an accomplishment rarely achieved by the vast majority of programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)," said Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the medical school at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The surgical fellowship program also received commendation at the time of the last accreditation site survey in 2003.
Fellowship Program Director Dr. Mihae Yu, Professor of Surgery and Associate Chair for Education, was also commended the ACGME for the quality of the Program Information Form provided. That also is a comment scarcely made, according to Dr. Danny Takanishi, Jr., Chair of Surgery for the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The Surgical Care Fellowship is a one-year program, attended annually by two physicians who have already completed at least three years in surgery residency training. Training is primarily done at the medical school‘s affiliated teaching hospitals: The Queen‘s Medical Center and Kapi‘olani Medical Center.

A fellow learns to be a teacher and leader in addition to an excellent surgeon. Fellows are the central contact person for the residents, nurses and other health professionals in treatment of patients.