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Our Department

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was established in 1992. The DFMCH set a goal of having both a required third year Family Medicine clerkship and the only civilian Family Medicine residency in the state by 1994. It was accomplished in July of that year. There are many community faculty that provide teaching sites for our medical students. The Physician Center at Mililani and Pali Momi Medical Center are the primary residency teaching sites. The Department Chair is Allen Hixon, MD.

Mission Statement

The mission of the JABSOM DFMCH is to both practice and teach high-quality medicine within the context of the basic principles of Family Medicine, namely:

  • Continuity of Care
  • Family Oriented Comprehensive and Holistic Care
  • Community and Population Health
  • Attention to Social Determinants of Health
  • Cost Effective Service
  • Highest Quality of Care Possible

As Teachers of Family Medicine, we are committed to:

  • Exposing all JABSOM students to the principles and practice of Family Medicine.
  • Supporting the development of students who choose Family Medicine as a career through high quality predoctoral and graduate medical training programs.

As Practitioners of Family Medicine, we are committed to:

  • Promoting health status and health education in the communities we serve.
  • Providing compassionate care to our patients, following the principles listed above.

As a Department we are committed to:

  • Developing a strong and lasting department within JABSOM.
  • Providing advocacy, representation and leadership for the specialty of Family Medicine in Hawai’i and the Pacific Basin.
  • Responding to the needs of Hawai’i and the Pacific Basin for well-trained Family Physicians.
  • Training individuals from underrepresented groups to help meet the needs of these communities.
  • Contributing to the development of our specialty through scholarly activities and research
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