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JABSOM Admissions Process

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The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) admissions cycle starts in July. After applying through AMCAS, you will receive information via email from the JABSOM Admissions Office. JABSOM’s admissions process consists of six major steps listed below:

STEP 1: Complete your AMCAS Application
All applicants must apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

  • June 1 – AMCAS application submission begins
  • August 1 – AMCAS Early Decision Program (EDP) application deadline (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time)
  • November 1 – AMCAS Regular application deadline (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time)

Please see AMCAS Participating Medical Schools & Deadlines for a comprehensive list of application deadlines.

STEP 2: Pay JABSOM Application Processing Fee
A one-time $150 non-refundable and non-transferable application processing fee* will be assessed to all applicants submitting an application to JABSOM. JABSOM will not waive the $150 application processing fee nor accept the AMCAS Fee Waiver.

After the application processing fee is received by the Admissions Office, an email will be sent inviting you to complete our web-based JABSOM Secondary Application.

*Subject to change

STEP 3: Secondary Application
After the application processing fee is received by the Admissions Office, an email will be sent inviting you to complete our web-based JABSOM Secondary Application. The secondary application consists of:

  • Supplementary essays
  • Complete prerequisite verification information
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Residency Declaration Form

Letters of Recommendations
You will be required to submit a minimum of two Letters of Recommendation or a school’s composite letter of recommendation directly to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Letter Service.

For more information, see the Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Recommendation.

NOTE: JABSOM will ONLY accept letters directly from the AMCAS service; therefore, instruct your letter writers or schools to mail or electronically upload their letters directly to AMCAS. For further instructions, please click here.

STEP 4: AMCAS & Secondary Application Screening
After receiving your completed secondary application, the Admissions Office will screen both your AMCAS and Secondary Application. Please note all applications will go through a Residency and Academic screening. To learn more about JABSOM’s Residency Screening, please go to the Residency Screening page under Prospective Students.
STEP 5: Interviews (By Invitation Only)
All interviews for the 2022 admissions cycle will be conducted virtually. JABSOM invites an applicant to go through three interviews as follows:

  1. Two assigned interview with a clinical or basic science faculty, physician, JABSOM alumni, member of the medical community or fourth-year medical student
  2. Final interview with the Director of Admissions

Interviews are conducted from August through February and are to be completed by mid-February.

You will be required to complete the following forms during the Interview Process.

  • Interview Evaluation
STEP 6: Admissions Decisions
All interviewed applicants are reviewed and rated by the Admissions Committee upon completion of their application dossier. The Admissions Committee anticipates the completion of the review by mid-March. By late March, applicants are notified of their final admissions status.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine does not use a rolling admissions process. Exceptional candidates rated highly and recommended by the Admissions Committee for early notification of acceptance, will be offered an acceptance after review rather than at the end of the admissions process.

The class is comprised of 67 resident applicants. Nonresident candidates must be highly ranked, preferably with some ties to Hawaiʻi, to be accepted (approximately 10 nonresidents). JABSOM asks applicants with multiple acceptances to make a final decision in accordance with AAMC Traffic Rules. No deposit is required to hold a seat in the class.

*Early Decision Program (EDP): Accepted students will be notified by October 1.

Applicants who are placed on the waitlist will be notified of that status and may receive notification of acceptance as withdrawals occur. We have found that vacancies of this type might occur as late as a week prior to the start of school.

Criminal Background Check
JABSOM requires ALL accepted and waitlisted students to complete and pass a Criminal Background Check through Certiphi Screening, Inc. Please see the AAMC Criminal Background Check Service page for more information.

Deferral of Matriculation
The school does not encourage deferred admission. Accepted applicants wanting to defer must have a unique circumstance or an exceptional reason. Requests for deferment are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Director and/or Admissions Committee.

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