John A. Burns School of Medicine to host regional meeting

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Sheri Fong, MD, (808) 232-3859
Conference Director, Office of Dean of Medicine
Posted: Mar 23, 2014

WGEA 2014
WGEA 2014

Educators from 17 U.S. medical schools and institutions in Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand will attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2014 Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) Regional Meeting hosted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) from March 23-25, 2014.

On Sunday, March 23, the WGEA Regional Meeting kicks off at the Ala Moana Hotel. On March 24 and 25, the meeting moves to the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Kaka’ako campus at 651 Ilalo Street in the Medical Education Building.

The WGEA represents educators involved in teaching medical students, post-MD Resident Physicians and Continuing Medical Education in the Western region of the AAMC.

JABSOM last hosted the WGEA meeting in 2007. Attendance at the 2014 gathering is expected to exceed that event, with about 300 participants expected to have registered by the end of the meeting.

The event is scheduled to feature 14 panel presentations, 28 workshops, 20 discussion groups, 51 oral abstracts and 98 posters.

Conference Highlights Sunday, March 23 at The Ala Moana Hotel:

  • 1:30 p.m. Garden Lanai Ballroom: Welcome and Opening

Sheri Fong, MD, PhD, WGEA Conference Chair; Jerris Hedges, MD, MS, MMM, Dean, JABSOM. Opening oli (chant) to be performed by Dee-Ann Carpenter, MD, Martina Kamaka, MD, Vanessa Wong, MD and the Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence.

  • 2:00 p.m. Garden Lanai Ballroom:

The National Plenary Session “Medical Education Accreditation: THE Leverage for Quality and Creativity” Dan Hunt, MD, MBA, Co-Secretary, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Senior Director, Accreditation Services, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

  • 5:30 p.m. Hibiscus Ballroom:

A poster session highlighting conference research. The topics can be viewed on-line at:

Conference Highlights Monday, March 24 at JABSOM:

  • 9:30 a.m. JABSOM Auditorium:

“Medical Education in the Aloha State: The John A. Burns School of Medicine” by Richard Kasuya, MD, MSEd, Associate Dean of Medical Education and Damon Sakai, MD, Director, Office of Medical Education.

  • 10:45 a.m. Room 301:

“Optimizing the Workforce Pipeline into a Critically Understaffed Speciality: Perspectives from Three Faculty Psychiatrists” by Earl Hishinuma, PhD (JABSOM), Joy Andrade, MD (JABSOM), Gretchenjan Gavero, DO (JABSOM), June Lee, DO (JABSOM).

  • 1:30 p.m. Room 314-2:

“New life-saving Devices,” with an Emphasis on the “Tablet Computer Revolution.” Workshop facilitators include Jennifer Di Rocco, DO (JABSOM), Kyra Len, MD (JABSOM) Peter Di Rocco, MD (JABSOM), Cherise Saito, MD (JABSOM), Justin Hino, MD (JABSOM) and Shilpa Patel, MD (JABSOM).

  • 1:30 p.m. Room 302:

“Honoring the Past, Preparing Physicians for the Future: The Kalaupapa Service Learning Project.” Presenters: Winona Lee, MD (JABSOM), Kawika Mortensen, MD (JABSOM), Akolea Ioane, 2014 MD Candidate (JABSOM).

  • 2:20 p.m. Room 302:

“Understanding Pacific Islander Cultural Nuances and Norms Affecting Success in U.S. Medical Education Systems.” Presenters: Rachael Gonzales-Aquino, PhD (JABSOM) and Neal Palafox, MD, MPH (JABSOM).

  • 3:15 p.m. Room 301:

“What’s Genealogy Got to Do with It? Exploring Innovative Cultural Competency Training at JABSOM.” Moderator: Martina Kamaka, MD (JABSOM). Panelists: Dee-Ann Carpenter, MD (JABSOM), Vanessa Wong, MD (JABSOM), Jill Omori, MD (JABSOM), Gregory Maskarinec, PhD (JABSOM).

  • 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. JABSOM Courtyard:


Conference Highlights Tuesday, March 25 at JABSOM:

  • 9:30 a.m. Ancillary Building 102:

“A Six-Year UME/GME Program to Address the Primary Care Workforce Shortage: Early Lessons from UC Davis”. Presenters: Tonya Fancher, MD, MPH (UC Davis), Mark Henderson, MD (UC Davis), Patricia Gonzalez, BA (UC Davis), Mark Servis, MD (UC Davis).

The full schedule of conference events may be found at:

The AAMC is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians.

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University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
University of Colorado School of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
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Southern California School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine
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JABSOM, the University of Hawai`i Manoa school of medicine, trains 264 medical students per year and supervises the graduate medical education of an additional 245 physicians (Resident MDs) as they work toward board certification and licensure. The school also instructs graduate students earning advanced degrees in biomedical sciences and in the allied health programs of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a B.S. in Medical Technology. The school is named after visionary Hawai`i Governor John A. Burns, and was founded in 1965.

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