INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY
One of the true pleasures of training in paradise is the abundance of recreational activities available to us. Throughout the residency training, there are ample opportunities to sample everything that our tropical home has to offer. Surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, scuba diving, sailing, power boating, body surfing, golf, and hiking are just a few of the activities in which our housestaff participate. Lessons are available in many of these activities at reduced rates through the recreation offices on the various military bases in the area. Some of the military bases also rent equipment such as boats, surfboards, and scuba equipment at significantly reduced costs.
Overhead surf at the North Shore
Teeing off, Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay
Pontoon boat rental at the Sandbar, Kaneohe Bay
“Pau hana,” or when work is done, after the fall Department of Medicine retreat
Residents helping out with the Ironman competition, Hawaii 2007
Leave and Neighbor Island Travel
Leave can be taken during outpatient blocks only. Residents are authorized four weeks of absence from training per year. Military interns typically attend the Combat Casualty Care Course for two weeks, which means they can take two other weeks off during the PGY1 year. VA residents and upper level military residents can take four weeks off each year.
View of the Na Pali Coast from Waimea Canyon on Kauai
Lava flowing into the Ocean at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
Any travel to the mainland requires leave. Weekend travel to the neighbor islands requires a pass but does not require leave. Civilian residents may travel to neighbor islands without obtaining a pass. House staff routinely travel to our neighbor islands where most resorts offer “kamaaina” or local rates to Hawaii residents and military stationed in Hawaii. These kamaaina rates are often dramatically less than the standard rates and allow for affordable trips to some of the finest resorts in the world.
The military has affordable recreation centers all over Hawaii. Kilauea Military Camp on the Big Island of Hawaii is one of the most unique military resorts worldwide. It is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, just steps away from the Kilauea crater at a cool altitude of 4000 feet. When the lava is flowing, this is the place to be.
Barking Sands Missile Range is located on the western or leeward side of Kauai, the garden isle. Quiet, secluded beach cottages are available for rent. There are beautiful hikes all over Kauai. Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali coast are two of the most scenic areas in the state.
There are also multiple military recreation areas on Oahu that house staff frequent. Cottages or hotel rooms are available for rent at the Hale Koa Hotel, Bellows Air Force Station, the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, and Pililaau Army Recreation Center. All of these facilities have rental recreation equipment available.
Lei ready for presentation, Residency Awards Dinner, June 2010