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NEWS ADVISORY: Health Workforce Summit 2018

Posted on Sep 6, 2018 in Latest Department News

The 2018 Hawaiʻi Health Workforce Summit runs from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 until 5 p.m., in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort in Waikīkī.

The summit is one of the largest local medical gatherings in the Aloha State, and is expected to attract some 600 participants from all healthcare fields in Hawai‘i, including Medical Doctors, Doctors of Osteopathy, Dentists, Allied Health professionals, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants and health office managers. The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Hawaiʻi Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health sponsor the event. The 2018 theme is “From Burnout to Balance.”

Kelley Withy, MD, PhD and JABSOM AHEC Director, will provide the latest results of her long-running Hawaiʻi Health Workforce Report.

The Hawaiʻi/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has established a database of actively practicing non-military physicians in Hawaiʻi. Her group surveys physicians each time they renew their medical licenses. The licensing fees paid by physicians support Dr. Withy’s efforts collecting the latest information and analyzing it, and presenting it as a detailed annual report to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature showing where shortages in physician and advanced practice nurses are most severe, and in what specialties of service.

Already, Hawaiʻi is approximately 700 physicians short of what a similar community has on the mainland, and this could grow to 1,500 in 10 years.

The summit will cover topics including resources for expanding reimbursement, the growing use of telehealth, medicine for geriatric patients, interprofessional practices and the importance of — and what can be done to improve — healthcare provider happiness. Participants are encouraged to network with colleagues and meet potential future colleagues both MD and Nursing students and MD and DO Residents and Fellows.

The summit website is at

Previous Physician Workforce Assessment Data can be found at: