Medical Education

‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post Baccalaureate Program

‘Imi Ho‘ōla (Hawaiian for “those who seek to heal”) is a post-baccalaureate program designed to provide educational opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds capable of succeeding in medical school.

Although ‘Imi Ho‘ōla is not limited to persons of Hawaiian, Filipino, Samoan, Chamorro, and Micronesian descent, a large number of these students have been able to demonstrate that they are from a disadvantaged socioeconomic and/or educational background and have demonstrated a commitment to serve areas of need in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. ‘Imi Ho‘ōla has expanded its outreach efforts and developed partnerships with local high schools, colleges, and community-based health organizations.

For more information go to the ʻImi JABSOM site.


Up to 12 students are selected each academic year. Upon successful completion of the program, students matriculate into the John A. Burns School of Medicine as first year medical students. Eligible applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Kama‘āina Screening: Individuals with strong ties to the State of Hawai‘i
  • Academic Requirements: Individuals must fulfill all academic requirements
  • Disadvantaged Status: Individuals who come from educationally, economically, and/or socially disadvantaged backgrounds and have a strong commitment to serve in Hawai’i and/or the Pacific


  • Phase 1 – Orientation and Assessment
  • Phase 2 – Medical Biology, Medical Biochemistry, Humanities in Medicine
  • Phase 3 – Prematriculation

The Queen’s Health Systems generously provides funding support to promising students who enter the ‘Imi Ho‘ōla Post Baccalaureate Program each year.
More information regarding our program, application process, and admissions criteria (i.e.
academic Requirements) can be found in our application booklet which is located on the JABSOM website