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Our staff looks forward to your upcoming clinical affiliation. Enclosed is a map to Tripler and general information about our clinic.

Our clinical instructors have much expertise in their respective areas, stay current with the literature and love to challenge students. The Clinical Instructor (CI) to Student Ratio will be 1:1. No stipend is offered to interns. There are many opportunities here at Tripler. We can mutually customize your experience to best meet your needs. You will discuss the goals of the affiliation with your CI on the first day. You can expect a written mid term and final evaluation as well as daily oral feedback.

Our clinic hours are 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, weekdays only. Please meet me by 7:30 on the first day of your clinical in the PT Clinic, 3rd floor, wing F. The enclosed sketch will help you find us. Park in Staff Parking, as indicated on the sketch. Tripler is also accessible to public transportation. Lab coat is optional. Dress code is comfortable but professional.

When you get here, you'll need to be screened through our GME office so please bring your BLS card and HIPPA student ID # (or any supporting documents that indicate your compliance with HIPPA training).  In addition, on your first day you will need to show Occupational Health the following documents:

  • TB Screen - Skin test less than 12 months old, or chest radiographs.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) - Documentation of immunization or titer or documentation of history of measles/rubella by an MD.
  • Chicken Pox – Know history of diagnosis or titer
  • Mandatory Hepatitis B vaccine

Please call (808) 433-2702 if you have any questions or feel free to talk to the Chief of Physical Therapy at (808) 433-6763/6764.

MAJ, U.S. Army

Affiliation Information
TAMC is a 229 licensed bed U.S. Army Medical Center
We were accredited by JCAHO in Dec 2004
PT Clinic Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm -  Hawaii time is 2 or 3 hours earlier than the West Coast, depending on Daylight Savings.
Phone Number: (808) 433-6763/6764
Fax Number: (808) 433-9849

We serve Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard service members and their Families, Military Retirees, Veterans and Trust Territory beneficiaries from the Pacific Basin.

We see approximately 2,000 patient visits per month.
80% are Neuromusculoskeletal Evaluations
20% - Ward (Acute)

Our Typical Patient:
30 years old
50% are Active Duty
46% are referred from a Troop Medical Clinic (Sick Call)

Most Common Evaluations:
Low Back Pain

Army Physical Therapy
Our primary role is as Neuromusculoskeletal Evaluators.
Army PT's have practiced in a Direct Access environment since 1972. Consequently, our clinical privileges include ordering imaging studies, braces, and limited medications, as well as referring to specialty clinics.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in the following areas:

You may schedule to observe a variety of Orthopedic procedures i.e. Arthroscopic Knee, Shoulder or Ankle, ACL/PCL Reconstruction, Partial Menisectomy/Meniscal Repair and joint replacements.
You will also be able to observe Hand Rounds with Orthopedics & Occupational Therapy.
You may also observe the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians perform EMGs/ESIs.

Neuro Rehabilitation
While we see rehabilitation patients during the initial few days of their care, we are not a Rehab Hospital/Center!
Rehab is limited to the first few initial days to a week while the patient is still an inpatient. The patient is then sent to a rehab facility when stable.
During this short time we do see a variety of neurologically involved patients to include CVA, Head Injury, and Spinal Cord Injury

Wards (Acute Ortho/Neuro/Medicine)
Experience will be with patients on the Orthopedic ward as well as the rest of the hospital to include Medicine, ICU's, Pediatrics, etc.

U.S. Army Health Clinic, Schofield Barracks
Schofield Barracks is the home of the 25th Infantry Division (Light).
This clinic is approximately 15 miles North of TAMC and serves 15,000 Active Duty soldiers. Much experience can be gained in Neuromusculoskeletal evaluation.

TAMC has an extensive medical library that will be available to you.

You are not eligible to stay in government facilities unless you are Active Duty.
If you don't know someone on the island, please carefully consider your decision to come here.
Housing and transportation are difficult at best, and can become very expensive.