BACKGROUND

The Medical Student Teaching (MST) Division of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health teaches actively in all four years of JABSOM. The medical school curriculum is entirely Problem-Based Learning, so the first two years are spent in small group, case-based, integrated basic science learning tutorials rather than in a lecture-based setting. Our faculty serve as small group tutors and clinical skills preceptors in this process. Both full time and community-based faculty serve as primary care preceptors in the summer selective course at the beginning of year two. Our required third year clerkship is seven weeks (equal to Pediatrics, Surgery, Psychiatry, and Ob-Gyn) and takes place with community based Family Physicians on Oahu and the neighbor islands. Students commonly select 4th year electives as sub-interns on the residency inpatient service or with community-based preceptors all over Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. Only our 4th year electives are open to non-JABSOM students.

The Medical Student Teaching (MST) Division of the department also administers the Hawaii Homeless Outreach and Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) Project. The goal of the H.O.M.E. Project is to improve access to and the quality of healthcare for Hawaii's homeless. It also aims to increase student and physician awareness and understanding of the issues that face the the homeless in Hawaii. We currently operate three student-run free clinics at homeless shelters on the island of O'ahu every week: the Next Step shelter in Kaka'ako, the Pai'olu Kaiaulu shelter in Waianae, and the One'lauena shelter in Kalaeloa. For more information on the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project, please visit the website at www.hawaiihomeproject.org.