New interns—doctors who have completed four years of medical school and now are entering their careers and specialty training—are in their first weeks on the job at medical centers throughout Hawaiʻi through a partnership between local hospitals and the University of Hawaiʻi that began nearly 50 years ago.
The major medical centers agreed to become academic partners with UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) faculty who are based within the hospitals. They provide training for both third- and fourth-year medical students from JABSOM and the physician interns, residents and, eventually, fellows in the post-medical school training required before doctors can practice medicine on their own.
JABSOM faculty supervise the future physicians, often while providing patient care within the medical centers. Most U.S. medical schools have their own university medical centers but, like UH, there are a few that are community-based, relying on the collaboration between the medical community and the school to train future doctors, and maintain high medical standards worthy of national academic medical center program accreditation.