Medical Problem Solving Course

Medical Problem Solving is a three-week, half-day summer program for high school students entering grades 11-12. The program provides interactive, hands-on-learning for high school students interested in health professions, using many of the same curricular methods used by medical students. These include problem-based learning, lectures, community service, clinical skills laboratories, simulation laboratories with manikins and surgical equipment, and standardized patient experiences. By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • describe the epidemiology, signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses common in Hawai?i;
  • perform basic clinical skills such as measuring vital signs and listening to the heart and lungs with stethoscopes; and
  • interview and counsel patients.

The course takes place at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in Kakaako, and is limited to schools with a JABSOM faculty sponsor. These schools are currently Punahou, Iolani, Kamehameha, St. Andrew’s Priory and Kaiser, and registration is through the sponsored schools’ summer program.

A similar program open to all high school students is called Medical Diagnosis and Treatment.