Learning Communities

Learning Communities


Co-Directors: Kyra Len, MD, Vanessa Wong, MD, MS

Learning Communities are intentionally designed, longitudinal, small learning groups of faculty and students. They are meant to enhance the learning experience during medical school using small group learning, team skill development/reinforcement, and exploration of the many dimensions of care management which can maximize learning and professional growth. JABSOM’s Learning Community Program was established In July 2020 by Co-Directors Kyra Len, MD and Vanessa Wong, MD, MS.
Please visit Our Learning Community Program webpage for further information.



Learning Community Mission Statement

The mission of the John A. Burns School of Medicine Learning Communities is to foster a collaborative environment that supports the growth of clinically competent, culturally sensitive, compassionate, and professional physician leaders who are connected and committed to our communities.

Learning Community Structure

Our Learning communities are divided into 6 main groups called Moku that correspond to the 6 Moku on the island of Oahu: Waialua, Wai‘anae, ‘Ewa, Kona, Ko‘olaupoko, and Ko‘olauloa. Each Moku has two smaller sibling groups: Mauka and Makai. Each learning community group has 6-7 students per class (1st-4th year students) assigned to one learning community mentor.




Learning Community Curriculum

Our goal will be that through learning communities we will help students to become competent, compassionate physicians who are connected to their community. The topics we will focus on for our learning community curriculum are:

  1. Professionalism, Professional Identify formation, Leadership
  2. Ethics
  3. Wellness and Resiliency
  4. Clinical Skills
  5. Culture and Community
  6. Health System Sciences

Learning Community Support

We would like to give a big thank you to our Learning Community supporters, sponsors and donors. Their generous contributions support the dedicated mentors and staff, as well as the important and diverse activities that help us meet the mission of our program.

  • HMSA
  • UHA
  • HPH
  • The Weinmans

If you would like more information on how to support Learning Communities, please contact:

Kyra Len, M.D. (kyra@hawaii.edu) or Vanessa Wong, M.D., M.S. (wongvanz@hawaii.edu).