John A. Burns School of Medicine

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John A. Burns School of Medicine

The coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Hawaii’s medical school to pause its Willed Body Program, which accepts human body donations for research and education. But with the return of in-person classes, the school has resumed its donation program.

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Hawaii is facing a major shortage of surgeons in the state, but it is especially acute in rural areas on Maui and Hawaii Island.

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Hawaii is gaining doctors, but not enough to keep up with the patient demand, according to a University of Hawaii report on the state’s continuing physician shortage.

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Researchers at the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine are studying why Native Hawaiians who smoke have a higher risk for lung cancer than white and Japanese people with the same smoking history.

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  The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine is the only medical school in the state, serving not just O'ahu but all the islands.  JABSOM has a plan to help bring more doctors to those areas with doctor shortages, and that includes the Big Island.  HPR's Sherry Bracken reports.