Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine Application Information

(Photo: NHSPM 2010-2011)



Click the link below to access the NHSPM google application:

 NHSPM 2017 Google Application Form

Click below to view Info sheet:

NHSPM 2017 Info Sheet 7-24-17


We prefer that you use the Google Form application at above link. However, if you have problems with the Google Form, please download and submit PDF application.

PDF NHSPM application 2017.Updated 7-24-17


Native Hawaiians (in Hawaii or Mainland college students) are encouraged to apply.

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


  • To be considered for early acceptance, email application packet by AUGUST 10, 2017.
  • FINAL DEADLINE to email application packet is AUGUST 20, 2017.
  • Check NHCOE website (student section) to see if we extend deadline.

Completed application packet includes

  1. Signed and completed application form (Google form or PDF)
  2. Personal statement Essay
  3. Current Resume
  4. All College Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)


The Native Hawaiian Student Pathway to Medicine (NHSPM) program was created in 2010 by 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. NHSPM scholars have opportunities to do community health work and to apply for funding for Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prep courses.

NHSPM Scholars Receive

Workshop Series

  • Learning from Native Hawaiian health professionals and medical 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



  • Preference given to Native Hawaiian applicants
  • Pre-med Student: Applying to University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM) hoping to enter medical school in July 2018, 2019, or 2020.
  • College Junior or Senior by Spring 2018. Also college graduates from any institution (with Bachelor’s degree or higher) are welcome to apply.
  • Completed (or started) at least 3 of the following pre-requisite subjects for taking the MCAT. We strongly recommend re-taking any of these classes if you received less than a C- grade.
    • Biology
    • General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biochemistry
    • Cell and Molecular Bio


  • Selected participants must commit to attending all 8 workshops held monthly. Workshop #1 is Sept 10, 2017. See application for tentative workshop dates. Mainland college students would attend by video-telecom.
  • Selected participants must commit to scheduling NHCOE individualized advising appointments at least once every 6 months.
  • Before taking the MCAT, NHSPM students must agree to complete at least 3 months of MCAT prep either in a prep program or on their own.
  • NHSPM participants can apply for NHCOE funding to assist with the cost of their MCAT prep. NHCOE funding recipients agree to pay $200 toward their MCAT prep.