Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Application Information

(Photo: NHSPM 2010-2011)

We are currently not accepting new applications for Spring or Summer 2017.  We hope to open for applications in Fall 2017.

Please check back here to see when our application process is open.  Below are general application information to help you to prepare for your application.




The Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine (NHSPM) is a program of the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence (NHCOE) at Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM). The NHSPM program guides Native Hawaiian students on their path to becoming future physicians and health professionals. The curriculum consists of workshops and individualized advising/career counseling for selected individuals who demonstrate potential to be competitive medical school or pre-health applicants. There will be opportunities to do community health work and to apply for funding for Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prep.

NEIGHBOR ISLAND APPLICANTS are welcomed to apply! We may have travel stipends for Neighbor Island students to come to Oahu for NHSPM workshops.

Up to 20 participants will be selected and will receive the following:

Workshop Series Topics include

  • Learning from Native Hawaiian health professionals and med students
  • Navigating the medical school application process
  • Interview skills / Mock interview practice
  • Learning skills & strategies
  • Community health work: Inspiring Native Hawaiian youth to live healthy

Individualized Advising / Career Counseling

  • Discuss diverse options in the health professions and your career path
  • Discuss your medical school application strategy
  • Review your personal statement, application, grades, and MCAT scores
  • Receive assistance with clinical shadowing opportunities

Opportunity to apply for NHCOE funding for MCAT Prep

  • Test taking strategies
  • Course materials
  • Full length MCAT practice exams


  • Selected participants must commit to participating in all 4 workshops that are scheduled.
  • Selected participants must commit to scheduling NHCOE individualized advising appointments at least once every 6 months.
  • Before taking the MCAT exam, NHSPM students must agree to complete at least 3 months of weekly MCAT prep either in a prep program or on their own.
  • If selected for NHSPM, participants who meet criteria will be eligible to apply for NHCOE funding to assist with the cost of their MCAT prep. NHCOE funding recipients will agree to pay $200 toward their MCAT prep.


  • Preference given to Native Hawaiian applicants
  • Pre-med Student: Applying to University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM).
  • College Junior or Senior is preferred, but not necessary.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a four-year college or university. College graduates from any institution (with Bachelor’s degree or higher) are welcome to apply.
  • Completed at least 3 of the following pre-requisite subjects for taking the MCAT (2 semesters per subject with labs). We strongly recommend re-taking any of these classes if you received less than a C- grade.

General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Submit Application to Both: +

Please label all emails: “(Your Name) NHSPM Application”

(Photo: NHSPM 2010-2011)

NHSPM application 2016.revised 7-20-16

NHSPM 2016 Info Sheet 7-20-16

*Click above for a preview of our PDF of 2016 application form and info sheet.  This will help to prepare you for the information we will require when applications are open.

For further information visit: Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine