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February 26, 2016

Accepting ‘Imi Ho‘ola applications for 2016–2017

We are now accepting ‘Imi Ho‘ola applications for 2016–2017


Eligible individuals are from socially, educationally, or economically disadvantaged* backgrounds who have demonstrated a strong commitment to serve areas of need in Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Priority is given to applicants with strong ties to the State of Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Applicants must meet ALL the following requirements:

1.) Completed course work (acceptable for students majoring in the area):

General Biology (with lab): 8
Molecular & Cell Biology: 3
General Chemistry (with lab): 8
Organic Chemistry (with lab): 8
Biochemistry: 3
General Physics (with lab): 8

2.) Conferred baccalaureate degree.

3.) Applied to JABSOM for the 2016-2017 academic year through AMCAS.

4.) Applied to ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program (separate from  AMCAS application).

5.) MCAT—Taken within 3 years of expected date of matriculation into medical school (year 2017). MCAT needs to have been taken between January 2014–September 2015 (Most recent MCAT scores will be reviewed).


Application materials for the ʻImi Hoʻōla Post-Baccalaureate Program 2016-2017 school year can be downloaded via the PDF links below. The 2016-2017 application period is now closed.

The 2016–2017 Application Booklet as well as the Application Form, Verification of Science Prerequisites Form, Letter of Recommendation Form and Consent Form are available at links below (all forms must be completed):

  1. ‘Imi Application Booklet 2016-2017 SAMPLE
  2. ‘Imi Application 2016-2017 SAMPLE **
  3. ‘Imi Veri Science Prereq 2016-2017 SAMPLE**
  4. Imi Letter of Recomm 2016-2017 SAMPLE**
  5. ʻImi Consent Form 2016-2017 SAMPLE**

Completed science prerequisites must by completed by June 2016. All forms must be submitted by the deadline of November 01. There is no electronic submission.

*A person who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from medical school; and/or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds according to family size, as published by the U.S. Bureau of Census.

**Please download forms first before filling out. PDF-fillable forms will not save or print accurately when filled out as a webpage.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution


ʻImi Hoʻōla Program
651 Ilalo Street, MEB
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 692-1030
Fax: (808) 692-1254

Pictured: January Andaya (JABSOM Class of 2016), receiving her ʻImi certificate in 2012.