Posted by: amsajabsom | June 15, 2010

AMSA Kitchen Garden Booth at the annual JABSOM Health Fair

This year, AMSA’s booth at the January 2010 JABSOM Health Fair was a big hit.  With the promise “Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden with AMSA,” and master gardeners from the Pearl City Urban Gardens, participants learned how to grow container/kitchen gardens and planted seedlings to take home.  It was a huge success thanks to organizer Molly Matsumoto and the master gardeners!  Stay tuned for AMSA’s booth at the upcoming Health Fair in 2011.

Posted by: amsajabsom | June 15, 2010

Dinner at the Next Step Shelter

In November 2009, AMSA members and friends prepared and served food at the Next Step Shelter.  Located adjacent to the medical school in Kaka’ako, the Next Step Shelter serves the homeless in Hawaii.  Many JABSOM students also volunteer their time at the H.O.M.E. Project, which is a student-run free clinic staffed by UH premedical students, JABSOM medical students, resident physicians, and community attendings.

AMSA has also provided nutrition classes for residents in the past and is looking forward to work with Next Step in the 2010-2011 school year as well.

Posted by: amsajabsom | June 15, 2010

Healthcare for Pacific Islanders – Discussion

Here are pictures from our Healthcare for Pacific Islanders event, which AMSA put on as a part of National Primary Care Week.  Drs. Neal Palafox, Sheldon Riklon, and Wilfred Alik addressed the then (October 2009) and continuing issue of decreased funding for Micronesians who previously received healthcare in Hawaii under the Compact of Free Association (COFA).  Although the US government made Micronesians ineligible for Medicaid in 1996, Hawaii was the only state to continue to provide free health care with Medicaid-like benefits to Micronesians.

Under the current budget crisis, however, the state of Hawaii has proposed changing Micronesians to a new plan, called Basic Health Hawaii, with less funding and subsequent removal of chemotherapy and dialysis benefits.  Hawaii Medical Journal has a supplement containing more information about this issue (

AMSA members hope to be able to advocate for healthcare for Micronesians, especially since there are many Micronesian patients who visit the JABSOM H.O.M.E. clinic.  We hope to continue this discussion and are open to any ideas for activism.  Please contact us at if you are interested in participating or want to contribute your time and energy.

Posted by: amsajabsom | March 18, 2010

presenting, us!

We’re the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) group at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), and we’ve just started our blog to document our organization’s activities.

Some of the events we did this year include: hosting a discussion of healthcare for Pacific Islanders w/ Dr. Neal Palafox, preparing/serving dinner at the Next Step homeless shelter, our Create-Your-Own Kitchen Garden booth at the JABSOM annual health fair, our Valentine’s Day candygrams + heart healthygrams fundraiser, wine tasting at The Wine Stop, holding a bake sale for SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru), and attending the 60th annual AMSA national convention.  Whew!

Stay tuned for lots of pictures and information about our upcoming projects and meetings!