Workshop for Student

Learning Clinical Reasoning Student Workshop

March 9 – 13 , 2020

Aloha, greetings from Hawaii!

We would like to invite your medical students to register for an exciting opportunity to learn about American-style clinical reasoning and doctor-patient communication techniques.

This intensive, hands-on workshop will introduce students to teaching methods used to train students in clinical reasoning: the ability to gather information about a patient and determine the patient’s diagnosis. Some of the unique training methods will include interviews with simulated patients, manikin simulations, small group clinical reasoning exercises and case discussion, physical examination skills, communication skills training sessions and more.

All sessions will be conducted in English.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Take a basic patient history using natural, patient-centered communications techniques and medical English.
  • Perform a basic and systematic physical examination, focused through use of clinical reasoning.
  • Utilize clinical reasoning to expand the differential diagnosis, and understand the steps needed to arrive at a reasonable working diagnosis.


  • Individual teaching sessions will include hands-on activities including physical exam skills training.
  • Clinical reasoning and communication skills will be taught using case-based teaching methods, simulation, and use of simulated patients.
  • There will also be opportunities to interact and network with Hawaii medical students.


This workshop is appropriate for upper-level, international medical students in years 3-6 (based on a 6-year medical school program) or years 3-4 (based on a 4-year medical school program). English fluency is not required; however the ability to carry basic English conversation is strongly recommended. Knowledge of English medical terms is also helpful.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

SCHEDULE (To be posted)

We are currently working on the workshop schedule, and will post it shortly. Please visit this page again to check for updates


Please complete the Registration form and return to Ms. Kori-Jo Kochi by Monday, February 10, 2020 (Hawaii Time).


Fax:  +1 (808) 692-1252

Note:  The Travel Information section of the Registration Form may be sent at a later date. 


The fee of $1,200 USD includes tuition, workshop materials, Welcome Dinner, Aloha Dinner (farewell), and transportation from the Welcome dinner to hotel, and transportation to and from the Aloha dinner.

Payment is due by Friday, February 21, 2020, Hawaii Time. Instructions for payment will be arranged with participants via email upon enrollment confirmation.

Please inform Ms. Kori-Jo Kochi if more time is needed to make your payment.

Group Discount:  Schools that send 5 or more participants will be given a group discount.  Please inquire about the group discount rate by emailing


Cancellation of participation in the Learning Clinical Reasoning workshop will be accepted until February 21, 2020 for a full refund. Refunds will be subject to any fees incurred by the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Office of Medical Education during the refund process.

Cancellations received after February 21, 2020 will be eligible for a partial refund. Refunds are subject to any costs/fees incurred by the JABSOM Office of Medical Education.


February 2, 2020: Inform Ms. Kori-Jo Kochi of your room sharing interest via email

February 10, 2020: Email or fax registration information to Ms. Kori-Jo Kochi, / +1(808) 692-1252

February 21, 2020: Workshop payment due and Last day to cancel participation in order to receive a full refund


Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements including air and lodging. We recommend staying in the Ala Moana/Waikiki areas, which are very accessible to the JABSOM campus.

For informational purposes only, past participants have stayed at the following lodgings:

Ala Moana HotelHawaiian Monarch HotelPagoda Hotel
Ambassador HotelIlima HotelPolynesian Hostel
Aqua Aloha Surf WaikikiIsland Colony HotelRamada Plaza
Aqua Waikiki PearlMaile Sky Court HotelRoyal Grove Hotel
Castle Hokele SuitesMcCully HouseSheraton Princess Kaiulani
Coconut Waikiki HotelOhana Waikiki WestThe Plumeria
Equus HotelOhana Waikiki MaliaWaikiki Gateway Hotel
Hawaii Prince Hotel WaikikiPacific Beach HotelWaikiki Sand Villa Hotel

Room Sharing:

Participants interested in room sharing during the workshop should indicate their interest when completing their registration form or email Ms. Kochi by February 3, 2020.

Room sharing is a great way to save on lodging expenses. n the United States, room occupancy rates are not charged per person, therefore occupants share the room cost.

A few helpful websites:

Please visit Travel Information web page for more travel to Hawaii information.

Information for Visa Waiver Program Country Participants

Participant countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to the United States must register and pay a fee through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.  This process can be completed online:

To check if your country is a participant in the Visa Waiver Program, please click on this link to visit the U.S. Department of State website: