Health – Current Opportunities

Opportunities to enroll in various programs, internships, and scholarships are always passing through our office and we felt they would be better accessible if they are posted on our website! You can also find a comprehensive directory of numerous summer programs offered via the following link, courtesy of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences: Directory of Summer Internships

Research Opportunities

John A. Burns School of Medicine

There are many ongoing research activities at JABSOM. Please visit the website.

Department of Native Hawaiian Health’s Summer Research Internship

The Department of Native Hawaiian Health is now seeking applicants interested in clinical, community-based, or translational research with a focus on health disparities, to participate in their 2015 Summer Research Internship (SRI) Program. The program will run from June 15, 2015 through August 7, 2015.
Applications are due by February 27, 2015. For more information on the program and application, please visit their handout online.

Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHIRT) Program

Undergraduate college students in Hawaii with two years of sciences studies will learn laboratory techniques and shadow scientists in either CameroonThailand, or another international site as the opportunity arises. A group of undergraduate and/or graduate students are selected every year to participate. The program began in Jan. 2014 and will conclude after 5 cohorts have completed the program.

Eligibility Requirements: Students must belong to ethnic backgrounds that fit the US government’s definition as being under-represented in biomedical research “including Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks and Africa Americans, Hispanic Americans and Alaska Natives; and rural; and low socio-economic groups.”

Financial Support: Students will receive a stipend of $3,000 ($1,000/month) for participating in the summer program. The program will cover airfare, visa, and all entrance/exit fees. Housing at the foreign site will be arranged and provided.

Timeline OverviewSpring (Preparation), Summer (Hands-On Experience at Foreign Site), Fall (Laboratory Research and Presentations).

Application: The application cycle for 2015 is closed. Please check the website for more information.

Additional Information: Contact Dr. Sandra Chang, Dr. Vivek Nerurkar, or Dr. Diane Taylor at

MHIRT 2014 Cohort Newsletter Archives


Summer Opportunities

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA) at UHM

VIDA is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing free medical, dental, and veterinary healthcare to rural communities in Central America. The chapter at UH Manoa completed the first trip to Costa Rica over spring break (Mar. 18 – 31, 2015). The students worked with talented doctors and translators to help diagnose and/or treat patients as well as provide spay/neuter clinics.

Planning next year’s trips are currently in progress. The club is looking for a dedicated group of PRE-MED, PRE-DENTAL, and PRE-VET  students to join them during Spring Break 2016 and Summer 2016. Tentatively, the Spring Break 2016 group will travel to Costa Rica and the Summer 2016 group will travel to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

For more information, visit the organization’s website at; check out the videos and photos of the first trip poster on Instragram, @vidahawaii; and email the Executive Board with any questions or concerns:

International Student Volunteers (ISV)

ISV is the world’s highest rated volunteer program by over 30,000 student participants with an average rating of 4.85 out of 5. The organization has earned the endorsement of 32 members, who serve on the Board of Reference, from the US Congress. It was also named as one of the “Top Ten Volunteer Organizations” by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and the US State Department in 2010.

ISV offers international travel programs for tens of thousands of students across 6 continents. Volunteer abroad programs are available in 6 different countries: COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA, and THAILAND.

For more information, visit their website at:

Cross-Cultural Solutions

“More than ever, people around the world want change. Change in the inequities that polarize. Change in the corrupt systems that prevent self-determination. Change in the unjust repression of entire populations. But the change we all wish to see won’t be realized through big, sweeping acts—not by governments, or armies, or the UN. Instead, lasting change will be achieved through small, personal acts of kindness and selflessness, and through the spreading of tolerance and understanding between people and cultures. Only as people become more willing to change themselves—the way they think, the way they act—will real change become possible.

It is exactly these types of changes that Cross-Cultural Solutions makes possible. The passion that you bring to your volunteer abroad experience will start a ripple effect, bringing change to people and the communities in which they live. Meanwhile, you’ll find wisdom and beauty in a way of life different from your own. You’ll discover the critical role that every individual plays in achieving lasting change. You’ll see that volunteering abroad can be a safe and exciting adventure—the trip of a lifetime where you can learn about another culture while learning about yourself. Change in the world begins with you. You’re closer than ever to making an incredible difference.”

Volunteer Destinations: Bangkok, Thailand; Cartago, Costa Rica; Dharamsala, India; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Lima, Peru; New Delhi, India; Rabat, Morocco; Salvador, Brazil; Volta Region, Ghana.

Volunteer Opportunities: Education & Literacy Project, Child Development Project, Aging with Dignity Project, Support for People with Disabilities Project, HIV/AIDS Project, Global Health Project.

For more information, please visit the website:

Gap Medics

Have you always been curious as to what the day-to-day life of a doctor truly entails? What about the life of a nurse, a midwife, a physician assistant, or a dentist? Come find out on the organization’s shadowing program! Whether you are looking to enhance your application to graduate school or to develop in-depth insight into your choice of profession, there is no better way to learn about your career than by shadowing professionals in their environment.

Students most often join us for a two-week program, but you would be welcome to join us for one to four weeks or more! As our programs run every week of the year, commencing every weekend, you can choose when you would like to travel.

Volunteer Destinations: Poland, Tanzania, Croatia, and Thailand.

Volunteer Programs: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Midwifery, Community Volunteer.

For more information, visit their website at:   

China California Heart Watch

The China California Heart Watch, a non-for-profit charity whose mission includes medical research, teaching and clinical care in rural Yunnan Province, China is seeking students, particularly those interested in future careers in medicine, public health, or related fields to participate in an externship this year. This program allows students the opportunity for first-hand experience of medical problems – particularly cardiovascular problems – and care in the impoverished communities of Yunnan.

The internship will be conducted under the direction of Professor Bob Detrano, MD/PhD of the University of California, Irvine and Professor PC Chow, MD of the Hong Kong Queen Mary’s Hospital. Students are required to cover the cost of all travel expenses to/from and within China, including room, board, and food. The program requests a tax-free donation of $2100 for the summer program. The first session of the summer externship will be July 1, 2015 – July 22, 2015 in Qua Jing Prefecture, Yunnan. The second session is July 26, 2015 – August 15, 2015 in Wen Shan Prefecture, Yunnan.

Closure date for July 1 – July 22 externship will be when the externship has sufficient externs or on May 22, whichever occurs first. Closure date for the July 26 – August 15 externship will be the day that externship has sufficient externs or on June 17, whichever occurs first.

For more information and to apply online, visit China California Heart Watch or contact

Global Health Education Programs Through CFHI

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. We model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

Their programs are open to all students of the health sciences, and are located in countries such as:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Uganda

Their opportunities provide:

  • clinical programs every month
  • 4-12 week replacements
  • mentoring by local physicians
  • Spanish language training
  • weekly medical lectures
  • volunteer opportunities

CFHI accepts applications on a continual, rolling basis year-round since our programs run each month of the year, usually departing the 1stSaturday of the month. 

CFHI recommends applying 3 months prior to your desired arrival date if possible.  Applying early is encouraged in order to secure your spot in your top choice program and to give you more time to prepare for the program.  All applications received 45 days or less before any arrival date are considered last minute applications.  CFHI is able to process last minute applicants and make expedited arrangements for participants applying last-minute to programs.  Last minute applicants that are accepted are required to pay all program fees in full within 72 hours of acceptance.

For more information and to apply online, visit Child Family Health International (CFHI)

Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC)

Summer research experience is available for undergraduates! Research is available for several science fields, including astronomy, biosciences, engineering, physics, and psychology, as well as general and special interest programs.

Check out their website for more information. Deadlines vary based on the research program.

Also, if you’re interested in research opportunities in Hawaii, the mainland, and even abroad, check out these opportunities!

Job Opportunities

Medical Scribe Job Opening

JOB OPENING: Medical Scribe needed for surgeon

Position: Scribe in surgeon’s clinic
Where: Queen’s Hospital POB2
Requirements: One-year commitment
Knowledge and skills: Scribe will be trained to use EPIC. Must be able to type 100 words/minute.
Hours: ~20 hours/week (Monday 1-5pm, Tuesday 1-5pmThursday 1-5pm, Friday 1-5pm)
Pay: $15/hr

This is an great opportunity to learn some medicine as well as practical EHR experience and bolster your med school application.

Send resume to

Medical Assistant Job Opening

Medical Assistant wanted for a fast-paced, multi-site clinic (Honolulu & Aiea).

Currently seeking a highly motivated and intelligent medical assistant for our multi-site, multi-provider practice to start immediately. We will train you.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

  • Patient screening
  • Answering phones
  • Collecting payment
  • Providing excellent customer service to our patients.

Applicants must be reliable, able to travel to the Aiea Clinic, computer literate with typing skills, and the ability to learn quickly is a plus. Previous experience in a medical office is highly desirable.

Our Office Hours are M, W, F from 8:30 am- 5:30 pm; T, TH from 8:30 am to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Start date is immediate.

Qualified candidates should submit resume via email to

Navy Medical Programs

For many aspiring health care professionals, debt is an inevitable reality on the way to establishing a successful practice. This is not true as a participant in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), Financial Assistance Program (FAP) or the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP). If you are a medical, dental, clinical psychology, nursing or optometry student, resident, or a practicing professional facing these issues, the Navy can help.
As a member of the Navy Medical Team, you will become part of a skilled, well-equipped team with an established practice, where you will get the opportunity to put your training to work. You’ll work with top health care professionals from across the country. Your equipment and malpractice insurance are covered by the Navy, and you’ll get the chance to provide clinical care, teach, perform research or explore new fields of health care.
After graduation, participants in these programs join the Navy Medical Team as Officers, with the opportunity to earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, low cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational benefits, further training, and a rewarding clinical practice. Additional benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a variety of facilities, and be a part of supportive team of highly trained professionals.
For more information, please visit their website.

Scholarship Opportunities

PAC Kaplan Test Prep Scholarship

Amount: Equivalent to one Kaplan Test Prep through a course-waiver (excluding one-on-one tutoring)

Due Date:

  • Fall Semester: November 1st
  • Spring Semester: April 1st

Description: The Kaplan Test Prep Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate commitment to continuing their post-secondary education beyond earning a bachelor’s degree. There are four types of Kaplan Test Prep Scholarships available: GRE, GMAT or LSAT, DAT/OAT/PCAT, and MCAT. The scholarship will be used to pay for the tuition for one test preparation course, including required Kaplan course materials, in the type of scholarship the applicant has applied for.

To apply: Email an essay (5,000 characters max.) on why you are applying for the type of school the test is appropriate for to Kiana Shiroma ( by the appropriate deadline.

Contact person:
Kiana Shiroma