The Abraham Kagan, MD Endowed Fellowship was established by Marion G. Kagan in memory of her husband, cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kagan. From 1965 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Kagan led the Honolulu Heart Program, a research project which studied thousands of men of Japanese ancestry to see how differences in lifestyle affected rates of heart disease and stroke. The study involved 8000 men in Hawai‘i, many of whom are still being monitored today. A number of the findings in the study have been used to guide physicians in treating heart disease.
The purpose of this award is to provide graduate fellowships to select students who have expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Recipients of the Kagan Fellowship are awarded funds of up to $5,000 which may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g., tuition, books, fees, etc.), in addition to stipends, research, travel, or other related expenses.
Recipients must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate (master's or doctoral) students in public health at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training.
Recipients shall be selected based on merit as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. Preference shall be given to those interested in international health in the Pacific Rim region. Priority will be given to high-quality projects with the potential to improve public health as demonstrated in research publications or presentations.
The cultivation, nomination and selection of Abraham Kagan Fellows will be the responsibility of the selection committee, which is appointed by the Director of the Office of Public Health Studies.
Interested individuals should submit a letter of application (no more than 2 pages) indicating how they meet the above criteria. Additional attachments including a detailed research plan and CV are also required. Materials must be received in OPHSAS by March 1, 2015.
It is important to note that in order to receive the funding, award recipients will need show evidence that the research project is ready to proceed (such as Form 15 or IRB approval). Also, award recipients will be required to submit a written report on how the funds were used and his/her current involvement in the field of international health. The report must be submitted one year after the funds were received.