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For information about Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency, please contact:

Yvonne F. Gilbert, MPH

Residency Administrator

Emory University

Yvonne F Gilbert, MPH, brings to the administrative team of Hawai`i Island Family Medicine Residency Program over a decade of island-based experience in overseeing and coordinating programs in non-profit organizations who serve underserved families, individuals, and communities. In these roles and as a member of the Boards of Directors of FQHC’s, HSRHA, and HPHA, Yvonne developed a strong understanding of the unmet medical needs of island communities and the creative ways families, individuals, and organizations work to meet their needs. She is excited to address primary care and public health needs in her role as residency administrator.

Yvonne Gilbert, MPH Residency Program Administrator

Hilo Medical Center Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency
1190 Waianuenue Avenue Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 932-3187 Fax: (808) 932-4303 Email:

Penny DePeralta, C-TAGME

Residency Coordinator

I was born and raised on the Big Island. I started working for Hilo Medical Center in 2012 in the Imaging Department, then went to the outpatient Cardiology Clinic and I am now at the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency. I am happy to be part of this wonderful program and enjoy working with all of the staff. When not at work, I like to spend quality time with my family. I absolutely LOVE sushi, but hate rice… go figure, right? Lastly, my greatest accomplishment yet is becoming a mother.

Penny M. DePeralta, C-TAGME Residency Program Coordinator

Hilo Medical Center Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency
1190 Waianuenue Avenue Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 932-3186 Fax: (808) 932-4303 Email:



US Citizen or permanent resident–We are not able to sponsor any visas.

Current medical student with successful score on Step 1 prior to application and successful score on COMLEX and/Step 2 CK and CS prior to Match list submission.

Prior graduates from medical school with a graduation date preferred to be 2016 or later with successful passage of Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS and successful passage of Step 3.

Our ACGME ID is #1201400650

Interview Selection Criteria

Interested applicants should apply through ERAS and will be selected for an interview based on the following criteria:

  1. Commitment to Family Medicine
  2. Performance in Medical School
  3. Performance on USMLE and/or COMLEX exams
  4. Commitment to Practice in the Hawaiian Islands or US Pacific Territories and Affiliated Nations, Outside of an Urban Center
  5. Academic Credentials
  6. Letters of recommendation
  7. Personal statement
  8. Professional goals consistent with the mission of the Residency Program

Applicants selected for an on-site interview will be notified through ERAS.

Interviews will take place on Thursday evening and Fridays from late October through mid-January.


Medical Students and Visiting Residents

Resident Elective Rotations and Medical Student Clerkships at Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency

The Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency at Hilo Medical Center offers resident rotations and 4th year clerkships to medical students with a strong interest in pursuing family medicine in Hawaii, as well as 3rd year clerkships for JABSOM medical students only. Housing is available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that an educational agreement must exist between your medical school and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. If not already in place, these agreements take many months to complete. Please plan ahead.

No clinical observerships are available at this time.

For clinical matters, or information about Hawaii Island Family Health Center:
Clinic Phone:
(808) 932-4215
Clinic Hours:
*except holidays