Student Resources

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.Contact the Hawaii State Advisor, Ada Toyama, Ada_Toyama/OIS/ Phone: (808) 733-9141 ext. 426

Na Pua No Eau
The mission of Na Pua No Eau is to identify gifted and talented Hawaiian youth (K-12) and to provide them with educational enrichment opportunities. It is also the Center’s hope that through its efforts, Hawaiians will be among the increasing number of human resource that assists in the advancement of the nation, the state, and the community, especially in technology, human resources, and education.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
HCOP high school students are exposed to various health career fields and introduced to academic requirements and campus life through a summer residential program. This program provides an educational pathway to health careers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), Kapiolani Community College, and Leeward Community College. During their college years, college students receive assistance as they pursue and complete their health degree program.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
GEAR UP provides college visits, tutoring, advising, counseling, test preparation workshops, a student club, and other academic enrichment activities for students, teachers, and parents. UH Manoa GEAR UP programs are available to Farrington and Waipahu secondary students.

Student Resources for Big Island and Maui Students

Explore these student resources provided by AHEC at JABSOM. Find a place to volunteer and work with community health care workers near you! (Big Island Resources pdf , Maui County Health Ed Resource pdf)

Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center (PAC)
PAC is a walk-in resource center for students interested in law, medicine (allopathic, chiropractic, naturopathic, osteopathic, podiatric), or the health sciences (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, etc.). PAC is staffed by peer advisors trained to help you clarify your career goals, choose a major, plan appropriate coursework, research professional programs, find opportunities to gain experience, and apply to schools.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with access to research opportunities. UROP offers research and travel awards for student-initiated independent undergraduate research endeavors at UH Ma-noa. Get more info here.

Free Job Search Resource

Funding Opportunity
Scholarships available for undergraduate students who are looking to attend medical school outside of the US at St George’s University in the Caribbean. Please visit to learn more and then contact Dr. Kawika Liu at for further detail.

10 positions for Juniors or Seniors. Students matched with faculty researchers. Earn while you learn!

STEM Program
The goal of the STEM program is to enhance the quality of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics instructional and outreach programs at Kapiolani Community College, as well as to increase the number of STEM students transferring to four-year degree programs as they prepare for careers in the STEM disciplines.

Student Resources for Big Island and Maui Students

Explore these student resources provided by AHEC at JABSOM. Find a place to volunteer and work with community health care workers near you! (Big Island Resources pdf , Maui County Health Ed Resource pdf)


Student, 6L Program First Year:
Community Health rotations available in community health centers in rural areas on Oahu. The major goal of the community health experience is to explore methods for promoting health and improving the quality of life for patients by working with a community organization. (funded through AHEC)

Students lecture, years 1 & 2 of medical school. (2) 4 week blocks of time, one of which can be spent in Pacific jurisdiction learning about the culture, the medical system, and participating in research. An average of 12 students a year participate in Pacific training experience as part of MD 5.

Third Year Medical Students:
6L Program – Alternative longitudinal track for students completing their clinical clerkships. Students spend one semester (5-1/2 months) in a rural community completing the out-patient portion of their clinical training. They work one-on-one with individual preceptors in the community. The other semester is spent in urban Honolulu completing their inpatient training. Current out-patient training communities include Hilo, Maui, Kauai, Waimanalo, Leeward Oahu, and Wahiawa. Family Medicine Clerkship – Students completing the traditional clerkship track are generally placed in rural locations for their Family Medicine Clerkship. Students are placed with individual community Family Physicians and are encouraged to go to the Neighbor Islands for rotation. Clerkship training sites include Big Island (Hilo, Kamuela,Kona), Maui(Kahalui,Kula,Kihei,Lahaina), Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai (Kapaa, Lihue, Waimea).

Fourth Year Medical Students:
Rural Preceptorships – Students are given the option of doing elective rotations on the Neighbor Islands and in other areas of the Pacific Rim. These electives are mainly offered through the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Contact Heidi Kubo at regarding subinternships and other rotations in family medicine. If she is unable to assist you, and you would like to work in the U.S. Jurisdictions of the Pacific, your school will need to provide any necessary credit, but we have opportunities in American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Republic of the Marshall Islands. For these experiences, contact Dr. Kelley Withy at

The Funded Away Rotations for Minority Medical Students (FARMS) Database is a directory of programs offering financial support to students underrepresented in medicine wishing to participate in visiting electives:


The Hilo Medical Center is establishing a rural Family Medicine Residency Program on the island of Hawai’i, located in the city of Hilo. The current UH Family Medicine residents spend one month each in their second and third years of training in Hilo.


Preceptorships/Rotations- Please contact:


AHEC Research topics that residents can assist with or further explore:

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For more information about AHEC research topics, please contact Dr. Kelley Withy,

Hawaii Academic Progression in Nursing

Hawaii State Center for Nursing – Nursing Education Program Capacity 2012-2013

Learn more about travel nursing and its benefits, and apply for travel nursing jobs across the country. Nursing and medical students can apply for a $1000 scholarship.

DNP Programs

UH Students:

AHEC is actively assisting medical students, residents, and their respective departments with rural rotations. Opportunities and financial assistance are available on a first come-first served basis and is limited. Educational travel is supported for clinical experiences and the VA Rural Health Training Initiative. For more information, please contact Rhonda Roldan, Rural Health Coordinator at

Non-UH Students PA/APRN/RN/Allied Health and Public Health Students:

Non-University of Hawai`i (UH) learners, will receive a maximum stipend of $250 a year per student for travel (only) to Hawai`i and is limited.  There are limited opportunities for student rotations. Students should contact local providers, particularly those on islands other than Oahu and find a provider willing to provide supervision.  Travel paperwork and original receipts for travel or lodging must be submitted.  If you have a site already picked out and the preceptor has agreed, please contact Rhonda Roldan, Rural Health Coordinator at