November 1, 2018 — Every year, the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) hosts Career Nights for students to learn about the different specialties offered at the medical school. JABSOM alumna Dr. Wendell Foo (MD 1976) and his wife, Susan, have generously taken time to coordinate this annual event with medical students.
The concept of Career Nights originated from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), who hosts Medical Career Fairs.
Five doctors associated with the faculty practice, University Health Partners of Hawaii, were among 40 faculty physicians who spoke at Career Night, which was held on October 10.
Drs. Men-Jean Lee, Holly Olson, and Michael Savala represented the Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health; Dr. Dean Mikami spoke to students about the Department of Surgery; and UH Cancer Center Director Dr. Randall Holcombe shared his experiences about research.
The students and faculty physicians dispersed into the third floor classrooms, where doctors could talk about their respective specialties in six-minute sessions.
“When you’re doing something that you’re passionate about, the hours don’t actually feel that long. It’s not something to scare you away,” said Dr. Holly Olson of OB/GYN, when asked about scheduling. “If I’m delivering a baby, I don’t care what time of day or night it is. It could be 3 in the morning and I’m happy to be there. So that’s how you balance the hours with what you choose. You just know what you’re willing to get out of that with a smile, and that’s what you do.”
Dr. Kore Liow, a neurologist who spoke to students about research, encouraged students to pursue opportunities early in medical school so that they can get an idea of their ideal specialties.
“Even as students, there are opportunities for them to get exposure,” Dr. Liow said. “Basic studies, clinical research, to get exposure to everything, see what energizes you. It’s also about having a great team around you.”
Mahalo to the faculty physicians who made time out of their busy schedules to speak and connect with JABSOM students.