Newly Graduated MD from Molokai
UH JABSOM News Release
The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH JABSOM) recently graduated 69 doctors including many minorities as well as those from rural communities on the neighbor islands. The new crop of physicians include 16 that identify as being of Filipinx or mixed Filipinx descent, four Native Hawaiians and 10 with neighbor island roots. One is from Molokai.
Six out of the 16 physicians of Filipinx descent participated in the UH Manoa Filgrad Ceremony, a celebration of Filipinx students’ heritage, identity and community. Four Native Hawaiian kauka ʻopio (young physicians) were honored in the Annual Kihei Ceremony sponsored by the ʻAhahui o na Kauka and JABSOM Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. They were each presented with a ceremonial cloak or kihei, which represents a significant achievement in one’s life. The kihei are adorned in designs and colors that tell the life story of each kauka’s life and pathway to medicine.
Collectively, JABSOM’s MD Class of 2022 will begin their medical careers in July and receive advanced training in medical specialties of their choice. The graduates overwhelmingly chose primary-care specialties– 64 percent, that includes internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology. Majority are either staying in Hawaii or on the West Coast for their post-medical training.
One of the 69, Dr. Clare-Marie Anderson of Kaunakakai, who graduated from Punahou School, will specialize in obstetrics-gynecology at UC Irvine Medical Center.