Hawaii Chapter Alpha Omega Alpha

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Spring 2019

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A moving visit to Ho'opono Services for the Blind

This year's AOA students took it upon themselves to take a field trip to Ho'opono Services for the Blind. Ho'opono is a branch of the Department of Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation that provides comprehensive and specialized services that meet the varied needs of individuals across the State who are blind, both deaf and blind, or who have a visual impairment. Services are provided free of charge. It was a very educational afternoon where the students not only learned about all the wonderful services that Ho'opono has to offer, but they also gained valuable insight into the special challenges that blind individuals face and the incredible strengths that they have as well. After their visit, they had a discussion of how to incorporate more about caring for those with visual impairment and the services that Ho'opono has to offer into the JABSOM curriculum. The students conducted a needs assessment, came up with an educational plan, and presented their ideas to the JABSOM medical student curriculum committee. Thanks to their efforts, we will be modifying one of the PBL cases for the second year, adding a didactic session for third years, and hopefully will also be introducing a standardized patient scenario for the students to practice working with blind individuals.

Another successful Healthy Keiki Camp!

The AOA students went back to Linapuni Elementary School located at the Towers at Kuhio Park and KPT in Kalihi for the 7th Annual Healthy Keiki Camp. 100% of the students at Linapuni receive free or reduced-cost lunch and a large percentage of the children in the KPT complex do not go on to higher education. The day camp was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 and was FREE for all attendees. We provided the kids with health-related activities and promoted the importance of continued education. The activities included a "Name that Bean" station where the kids learned about different types of beans and also got to enjoy making some yummy yogurt sundaes, a "Snotty Science" station where they learned about the different types external barriers that our body has to protect it from invaders and then got to make slime "snot" so they could see how this might help to trap the bugs trying to make us sick, a medical arts & crafts station where kids got to color and make their own lungs and learned about the dangers of smoking, an oral health station with fun games about flossing and attacking plaque, and a fitness station with fun games & relays and sun safety education. All of the kids got a free healthy lunch and the camp was kicked off by a fun exercise/dance/stretching session! A big thank you to our JABSOM students, the University of Hawaii dental hygiene students, and Susan Kondo and the rest of the staff at Linapuni Elementary.

Mahalo to our sponsors: Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians, Humana, Dr. Ryan Sato, and Sodexho.

Introducing the JABSOM c/o 2019 AOA Students

AOA Visiting Professor: Dr. Mark Tyndall

This year, the JABSOM AOA students invited Dr. Mark Tyndall as their visiting professor on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Dr. Tyndall is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Deputy Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia, Director of the UBC-BCCDC Research Institute, and a Professor at UBC's School of Population and Public Health.

Dr. Tyndall’s research focus is public health and disadvantaged populations. His current research interests include addiction, poverty, homelessness, drug overdose and drug policy. He also studies harm reduction, including supervised injection sites, regulated drug distribution and nicotine harm reduction (e-cigarettes and vaping) and has an interest in community-based research conducted with the involvement of people with lived experience. In addition to having a nice lunch with the AOA students, Dr. Tyndall gave three lectures at JABSOM that day centered around his experience with the opioid crisis in British Columbia and how physicians can better advocate for their patients. You can see his 2017 TEDMed talk below.

AOA Induction Ceremony and Dinner

Friday, May 10th, 6pm

3660 On the Rise, 3660 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu

We hope that you will be able to join us for our annual induction ceremony and dinner to honor our student and honorary inductees, volunteer clinical faculty award winner, and AOA merit scholars. Please refer to invitation for more details. Please RSVP by May 3, 2019.

2019 Hawaii Chapter AOA Honorary Inductees, Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award, and Merit Scholars

Each year, the student members of AOA elect our honorary AOA inductees in the categories of Faculty, Residents, and Alumni. They also select a volunteer clinical faculty member to honor and award merit scholarships to a first and second year medical student that best exemplify the values of AOA.

We need your donations!!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Hawaii Chapter of AOA. Your contributions will help support our community service and mentoring activities, the AOA merit scholarships, first year dues and AOA keys for student inductees, induction ceremony costs, the visiting professor reception, and other chapter activities. Please see attached form or you can click on the link below and enter fund #12053604. Mahalo for your generosity!!