University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Director of Communications, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: Mar 15, 2019

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WHAT – The class of 2019 at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa learned which U.S. Residency Program they have been accepted into as new doctors in training for the next three to seven years, which is required before they can begin practicing medicine on their own. The process of being accepted into post-medical school graduate medical education is called Match Day.

WHEN – March 15, 2019, 6 a.m. (The time is coordinated to coincide with the same time across the nation)

WHERE – UH Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine

WHO – Graduating doctors for the 2019 class.


  • (72 members of the graduating class matched into programs from Hawaiʻi to Boston. More than half of them are going to be primary care doctors, on the front-lines of patient care, where shortages of physicians are most critical (these include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and OB-Gyn). By far those who matched into training programs on the mainland stuck as close to home as possible, in programs along the West Coast  

  • From mid-January to late February, fourth-year medical school students applying to residency programs, and the program directors leading those residency programs, have each ranked each other in order of preference and submitted the preference lists to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), where a computer performed the actual “match.”

  • JABSOM continues to be a national leader in producing primary care physicians


Link to sound and video:




8 shots:  audience and students in auditorium

1 shot: Elisabeth Young with mom

1 shot: WS from back of house

1 shot: Elisabeth Young

2 shots: match letters

4 shots: celebration


Elisabeth Young, UH Medical Student (Matched to UC San Francisco hospital) (:12)
“You know, I think we get here and weʻre still so unsure of if we belong and if we deserve this. And JABSOM says that we do and that we can do this as kids from Hawaiʻi. Thatʻs been really important for me to learn.”

Braxton Fukutomi, UH Medical Student (Matched to Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi) ( :09)
“Weʻve worked really hard had a lot of long nights at the hospitals lots of studying, but itʻs great to just spend it with all of my classmates.”

Michael Brigoli, UH Medical Student (From Hawaiʻi Island Matched into University Arizona hospital) (:14)
“I realize it was actually my passion for medicine that drove me. My favorite part of being a firefighter/paramedic was just interacting with patients. And so when I realized that, I talked to my wife, talked to my kids and we decided to take a leap of faith.”