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JABSOM second year students with Dean Jerris Hedges.

Second-year medical students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa medical school spent time on the phone connecting with approximately 1,000 donors of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) from around the globe who have generously contributed nearly $12.9 million to the school in the last year.

Thirty-five students took part in the annual “Thankathon” which was held over two days in September. The gifts funded scholarships, research and other programs within JABSOM. Many of the donors were alumni from the medical school.

JABSOM Dean Jerris Hedges was on hand to thank the students for their time, and encouraged them to make sure that those they spoke to understood how grateful the medical school is for their support.

Through conversations with the donors, students had the opportunity to learn more about their backgrounds and how the donors’ contributions have directly helped change their lives. Donors also shared fond memories of their time at JABSOM, career advice and the many reasons why they choose to support the school.

In turn, students shared how the current COVID-19 situation has impacted the way they are learning since many changes and procedures have been put into place.

Student volunteers were grateful to connect with JABSOM alumni and supporters who have walked in their shoes and have a genuine passion to encourage the success of aspiring physicians and programs in Hawaiʻi.

—By TC Chun

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