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 145 residents and are proud that 80% continue to serve our community. Our program provides a robust learning environment, grounded in what might be called “community responsive health care.” This a model of population-based healthcare advocates for health equity and social justice within our community. This 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 all of 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 Hawaii Pacific Health and other local health care systems and has been fully accredited by the ACGME 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 advancing 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, a bone and joint center, and a comprehensive cancer center with infusion services. Our residents rotate through all corners of the hospital working with Family Medicine faculty as well as dedicated specialists during their inpatient and ambulatory 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 July 2020, we moved to our new purpose-built Family Medicine offices at the Pali Momi Outpatient Center. Located adjacent to the hospital campus, this site serves as the heart of our learning curriculum, centralizes training, and creates a home for our ‘ohana of residents, faculty, staff and patients. We thank you for taking the time to visit our website and welcome you to reach out to us. 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.