Cultural Resources for Health Professionals

Office of Global Health and International Medicine

The Office of Global Health and International Medicine, in the Dean’s Office oversees reciprocal student exchanges between JABSOM’s 4th year students and medical students from Asia and the Pacific. The program seeks to foster mutual understanding and appreciation of another culture and its medical system as part of the wider social/cultural systems of the host countries, particularly in the wider context of social justice in medicine. Our goal is to promote for our students and visitors appreciation of the ways that global issues impact the health of patients and communities in Hawai’i, and encourage them to gain experience in international health care settings. As aspired to in the 1948 United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 25) the Office of Global Health and International Medicine advocates that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.”

Each year, approximately 15 JABSOM students participate in an international elective, while up to 30 international medical students visit Hawai’i for one month. All students are required to write a summary of their experiences that include what aspects of cultural understanding improved as a result of their elective.

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