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UHM's John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)

Early Admissions Programs

The Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program for Entering Hawaiʻi Resident Freshman

The Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program for Entering Hawaiʻi Resident Freshman is a joint program offered by The John A. Burns School of Medicine and Undergraduate Programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, including: the Honors Program, Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center, ACE Learning Communities, Student Housing Services and the Office of Admissions.

The primary goal of the Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) is to commit access to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) to outstanding high school graduates throughout the State of Hawaiʻi who have demonstrated exceptional ability and commitment to pursuing a medical degree. DMEAP prepares students to become exemplary medical students through a quality undergraduate education.

Acceptance into DMEAP signifies a commitment by both JABSOM and the student. JABSOM commits to accepting the student upon entry to UH Mānoa and the student commits to attending JABSOM upon successful completion of their undergraduate degree and DMEAP requirements. Thus, admission to DMEAP precludes applying to other medical schools. A commitment to serve in Hawaiʻi upon completion of medical training is highly desirable.


DMEAP participants receive an exemplary pre-med education with the added benefit of early acceptance into JABSOM. They will:

  • Receive scholarship support covering undergraduate tuition costs for four years;
  • Participate in the Honors Program;
  • Reside in an on-campus residence hall their first year to facilitate participation in an ACE Learning Community;
  • Receive priority registration;
  • Receive training in cultural competencies in health professions;
  • Receive regular academic advising and guidance from PAC;
  • Receive mentoring from JABSOM faculty;
  • Work with JABSOM faculty to establish early relationships with the medical community;
  • Engage in appropriate community service; and
  • Have the opportunity to participate in programs such as Study Abroad, National Student Exchange or UHM's Congressional Internship Program.

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To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of the State of Hawaiʻi as determined by UH's Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements
  • Must graduate from a Hawaiʻi high school
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.8 or higher
  • Have a minimum combined SAT score of 1800 (critical reading/mathematics/writing) and/or a minimum ACT composite score of 27 (including the writing section)
  • Have completed or currently in-progress college preparatory pre-calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics

Desirable experiences include:

  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
  • Demonstration of achievement in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities

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The DMEAP curriculum is both rigorous and thorough. Participants will:

  • Complete a challenging, individualized course of study approved by PAC's Director;
  • Complete all of JABSOM's prerequisites as listed in the current Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR);
  • Complete the Honors program, including conducting research and successfully completing a Senior Honors project;
  • Meet at least once each semester with both Honors and PAC advisors;
  • Complete a mandatory academic advising and planning program;
  • Have the opportunity to travel outside of Hawaiʻi to broaden social/cultural horizons and to explore health issues in other areas;
  • Shadow or volunteer service for a physician or physicians (minimum of one semester);
  • Gain experience with non-physician health careers (minimum of one semester); and
  • Provide community service approved by PAC's Director.

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DMEAP Application

Admission into DMEAP is competitive. DMEAP will accept up to a maximum of ten (10) students per year. Applicants must complete the online University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Undergraduate Application.

Additionally, applicants must submit the following items directly to JABSOM:

  • DMEAP Checklist Form

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Official high school transcripts (grades 9-11)

  • Copy of current courses in progress (grade 12)

  • Copy of official SAT scores and/or ACT scores

  • Personal Statement Form answering the following:
    • Describe why you want to pursue a career in medicine
    • Describe why you want to attend the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine
    • What is your most significant experience in the areas of community service, volunteer and/or leadership and why did you choose this experience?

  • Two letters of academic recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant's academic performance and potential

  • (Optional) One letter of personal recommendation from an individual knowledgeable of the applicant's integrity, responsibility, work ethic and other personal characteristics contributing to the applicant's DMEAP candidacy

Completed application packets must be RECEIVED by the JABSOM Office of Admissions by December 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm. Please send packets to the following address:

John A. Burns School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
651 Ilalo Street, MEB 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813

For questions relating to the application process, please call (808) 692-0892

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Maintaining Eligibility

To remain in DMEAP, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA;
  • Maintain a 3.4 science/math GPA;
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester and an average of 30 credits per year;
  • Maintain good standing in the Honors program;
  • Maintain satisfactory progress through the curriculum, as outlined in the academic plan
  • Meet all requirements of the mandatory advising program;
  • On the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), receive a minimum aggregate score of 30 with no lower than 9 in any one section OR a minimum aggregate score of 31 with no lower than 8 in any one section;
  • On the new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT2015), receive a minimum aggregate score of 509 with no lower than 126 in any one section OR a minimum aggregate score of 510 with no lower than 125 in any one section;
  • Demonstrate high moral behavior personally, academically, and professionally;
  • Graduate with an undergraduate degree from UHM; and
  • Remain in good standing in DMEAP.

To document good standing, students must obtain and submit to PAC annual evaluations from Honors and PAC, and evaluations from each health-related and community service activity. Evaluations will address academics, Honors, extracurricular activities, and character; positive evaluations constitute good standing. Once students have submitted their evaluations, they will be cleared to register for the upcoming semester. Students who fail to submit their evaluations before registration begins will have a "hold" placed on their record.

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Terminating the Agreement

DMEAP is an agreement between JABSOM/Honors/PAC and the student, and as such, any party on either side may choose to terminate the agreement as detailed below. Students who are terminated or choose to withdraw from DMEAP may still participate in Honors Programs and receive advising services from PAC. They may also apply to JABSOM after meeting the application requirements for the JABSOM MD Program.

By offering an early acceptance into JABSOM and providing significant financial, academic, career and personal support throughout the student's undergraduate years, it is the University's full expectation that, upon DMEAP completion, participants will enroll in JABSOM and eschew interest in any other medical school. The University may pursue scholarship and other reimbursement from students who successfully complete DMEAP and apply to other medical schools.

When JABSOM, Honors, or PAC terminates the agreement: Students who fail to meet the requirements for maintaining eligibility (see above) will receive an immediate warning in writing via email and be placed on probation at the end of the same semester. Students should note that their "" email address is an official mode of communication at UHM and that it is students' responsibility to check their email account frequently.

Students will have one semester to take corrective action, as defined by a DMEAP advisor. If the problem has not been corrected by the end of the next semester, the student will be terminated from DMEAP, except under rare extenuating circumstances as determined by the Director of PAC. Students who are on probation with DMEAP are not eligible to apply to JABSOM, but may apply the following year after having completed corrective action.

When the student terminates the agreement: Students may elect out of the DMEAP program at any time first by meeting with the Director of PAC and then by submitting a letter of resignation to JABSOM, Honors, and PAC.

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Application to Medical School

All students applying to medical schools, including DMEAP participants, must take the MCAT and file an AMCAS application, which becomes available electronically on June 1 of each year. For DMEAP participants, however, the process and requirements are somewhat different.

Timing: Matriculation to JABSOM for a DMEAP participant will be determined by the academic plan they work out with Honors and PAC. In their application year, they must take the MCAT at least once by January 31st. The latest MCAT must be taken by May 31st. They will submit their AMCAS application by August 1st.

In addition, DMEAP participants are required to:

  • Pay the JABSOM application processing fee
  • Interview with the Director of Admissions
  • Complete supplemental forms as needed

Application: DMEAP participants must complete and submit the following for JABSOM's Admissions Committee review:

  • AMCAS ("primary") application, including MCAT scores and personal statement
  • DMEAP file, which includes:
    • Application essay (see above)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Annual evaluations (see above; there should be a total of 9 -- 3 per year for 3 years) on the DMEAP evaluation form
    • Letters of evaluation from health-related and community service activities on the DMEAP interview form
    • The first two of the three "portfolio essays" from the mandatory advising program:
      • Incoming essay ("Who I hope to become and finding my path")
      • Mid-way self-evaluation ("The person I am becoming and re-evaluating my path:")
    • All students must clear a criminal background check (CBC)

  • JABSOM's Admissions committee will meet in September to review that year's DMEAP applicants and verify that they have met all program requirements. They will send conditional acceptances to DMEAP participants before the end of October for the following July term. Final acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of DMEAP requirements by May.

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The Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP) at UH Mānoa

JABSOM students


Application Information

Completed DMEAP application packets must be RECEIVED no later than December 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm


Contact Us

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Rm 001
Honolulu, HI 96822-2385
800-823-9771 (Toll-Free)
808-956-7943 (Text V/T)
808-956-4148 (FAX)


John A. Burns School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
651 Ilalo Street, MEB 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-692-1251 (FAX)