Message from the Dr. Lydia Rolita, Our Program Director
Aloha and welcome to the University of Hawai‘i Family Medicine Residency Program on the beautiful island of O‘ahu. Our mission is to prepare family physicians for the future of healthcare in Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific Basin. Since 1996, we have trained over 140 residents and are proud that 80% continue to serve our community. Our program provides a robust learning environment, grounded in population-based healthcare within our community while advocating for health equity and social justice. Our community is the ideal environment to learn from patients with a wide range of socio-economic, geographic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We take pride in providing excellent health care to our patients and partnering with them to advocate for a healthier Hawai‘i.
Our program is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH-JABSOM) in partnership with multiple health care systems and has been fully ACGME accredited for over 25 years. Through our work and teaching, we strive to support JABSOM’s vision to “Attain Lasting Optimal Health for All” (ALOHA). Our close relationship with JABSOM allows residents to work with a broad spectrum of faculty clinicians, teachers and researchers who work hard to advance both scholarship and medical education.
Pali Momi Medical Center serves as the primary hospital and specialty clinic site for the majority of our rotations, including our inpatient family medicine service. This 118-bed community hospital is part of the Hawai’i Pacific Health network, a nationally recognized leader in health care quality. Pali Momi’s full range of services include an interventional cardiac catheterization center, a primary stroke center, a level III trauma center, a dedicated women’s center and a comprehensive cancer center with infusion services. While rotating there, our residents work with dedicated specialists in the inpatient and ambulatory settings on their subspecialty rotations.
Training experiences for our residents are as diverse as the communities we serve – neighbor and Pacific island rotations, community service, homeless outreach, contraception and abortion training, geriatric and nursing home care. Our continuity clinic provides team-based care including clinical pharmacy, psychology, and community health navigation services. We are participating in several national pilot programs focused on practice transformation, and have a strong focus on ambulatory quality and evidence- based preventive service delivery.
In the spring of 2020, we will move our clinical and administrative operations to the Pali Momi campus. This new site will serve as the heart of our learning curriculum, centralize training, and create a home for our ohana of residents, faculty, staff and patients. We thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We look forward to you visiting our program to see for yourself the opportunities that we provide and how we can help you prepare for your future career.