Frequently Asked Questions
*As of 2/4/2021:
We do not typically accept online lab courses, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JABSOM will accept online lab courses from Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 until further notice. Online lab courses may be used towards fulfilling prerequisite requirements for General Biology, General Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry as outlined here in the Admissions Requirements section.
If you have a question about whether the course meets the requirements, you can email us a copy of your course syllabus for review.
JABSOM Admissions will answer any questions regarding the admissions process for the MD program or clarification on science prerequisite courses. Please visit the Admissions Requirements page for more information.
Please submit all letters through AMCAS using one of their acceptable forms of receipt. Most applicants submit between 4 and 6 letters of recommendation, however, AMCAS will allow you to submit up to 10 letters of recommendation. For more information, please refer to the Secondary Application section in the Admissions Process page.
Applicants will go through three interviews:
- Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA)
- One assigned interview with a clinical or basic science faculty, physician, JABSOM alumni, member of the medical community or fourth-year medical student
- Final interview with the Director of Admissions
To take a Virtual Tour, please visit the Campus Tours page.
In addition, whether you are an adult or minor, you must not have been claimed as a dependent for tax purposes by your parents or court-ordered guardians for the calendar year in question if they are not legal residents of Hawaiʻi. For more information regarding Hawaiʻi residency requirements for tuition purposes, visit the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Residency page.
If any of the courses were taken at a foreign institution, but credit was accepted through an accredited U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution and the courses appear on that official transcript, then that U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution’s official transcript would be required. AMCAS will verify and include those courses in the AMCAS GPA. For instance, a course may have been taken through a study-abroad program sponsored by an American school, but hosted in a foreign country.