Welcome to the Future of Primary Care in Hawaii

Hawaii is experiencing a shortage of primary care physicians which will only deepen in the coming decades.  The Primary Care Training Program is designed to meet this need by using an emerging model for primary care—the interdisciplinary patient centered health care home with a focus on proactive prevention and chronic disease management.

For more information:  Medical students and residency applicants see “About the Residency”

Others see “About the Training Program”


About the Residency

Training the Physician Leaders of the Future

About the Residency

About the PCTP

The HHSC Primary Care Training Program

Who we are

Who We Are

Meet our Faculty, Trainees & Staff

About the Residency

The Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency is about training the physician leaders of the future. We see primary care as a team sport where a “high tech/high touch” doc learns not just to do it all, but to lead and work with a team of health professionals who can do it better. Hawaii is experiencing a shortage of primary care providers that will only deepen in the coming decades. To meet this need, we believe that intradisciplinary team care is the solution and we will provide our trainees the skills to thrive in this type of care environment by training alongside other disciplines.

HIFMR residents will be expected to learn not only full spectrum primary care “from womb to tomb,” but also to understand health systems, including organization and finance, and to explore population-based health issues, including social determinants of health and health advocacy.

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Recent Blog Entries

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

We are very excited that the new year has brought us a new resident, new space, new patients and new staff.  As of the first of the year Dr. Seren Tokumura joined our class of interns, making this first group of doctors completing their specialty training in Hilo complete.  This will allow us to better … Read More »


Today a journey began with a quiet huddle on a bench of three new physicians outside of Hilo Medical Center.  After 20 years of community planning and support and cooperation between Hilo Medical Center, the University of Hawaii, and others we have begun to train family physicians in Hilo.  In the next few days look … Read More »

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