Central Men Earn Nod To Med School

Wednesday - September 15, 2010
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UH Medical School’s incoming Imi Ho‘ola students are (front, from left) Genia Taitano of Rota, Joel Sabugo of Wahiawa, Aldrich Ricalde of Ewa Beach, (standing, front) Chace Moleta of Maui, Darrah Kauhane-Floerke of Honolulu, Kaimana Chow of Molokai, Emmanuel de Jesus of Honolulu, (back) Kyle Watanabe of Mililani, Steven Gonsalves of Maui, Kaiwiola Coakley of Hawaii Island, Daniel Lee of Guam and Chino Cabalteja of Kauai. Photo from John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Two Central Oahu men have joined the UH medical school’s incoming class through the Imi Ho’ola Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Joel Sabugo of Wahiawa and Kyle Watanabe of Mililani are among a dozen college graduates selected for the program, which helps students overcome barriers to medical school. They were recruited as students who show promise but come from socially, educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sabugo (Waialua 2002) and Watanabe first spent 12 months in an intensive course of study to improve their knowledge of science and the humanities. Successful completion of the challenging course earned them admission to the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

They were presented at the July 30 open house on the Kakaako campus. Others in the 2010 program comes from Guam and the Northern Marianas as well as Hawaii.

Both the Imi Ho’ola and the first-year medical student class are being expanded by two students this year to help meet a greater demand for physicians in Hawaii.

Established in 1965, JABSOM has trained more than 4,500 medical doctors through its MD or residency programs. Half of Hawaii’s practicing doctors are faculty members or graduates of the school or its residency program.


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