New Physicians Begin Training at the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency

Dr. Molfino, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Giani, Dr. Kong and Dr. Puaa were welcomed at a June 23 reception.

At KTA’s health fair this past Saturday, the new residents were enlisted to help promote the Be a Life Saver program to educate the community on chest compression-only CPR and using AED for sudden cardiac arrest. 

June 20 marked the first day of orientation for the third class of residents in the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program. At the June 23 reception hosted by the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, we welcomed Dr. Vincent Giani, Dr. Ashley Noelani Kong, Dr. Tereza Molfino, and Dr. Kapaakea Charles Puaa. The latest addition of residents brings our program to its full complement of 12 physicians in training.  

At the reception, Kurt Corbin, East Hawaii Regional Board Chair, offered words of support:

“This past year, as the Program entered a new stage of maturation, we have turned our attention to the future that lies ahead for our first graduating class.  The transition from training to practitioner can be daunting. Recognizing the financial strains of that transition, the Board has approved a subsidy to ease that transition by establishing a fund to underwrite a portion of salary support for two years to lessen the burden of a private practice that they join or to bridge the income shortfall in opening of their own practice. The Board is fully committed to the success of the Family Medicine Training Program as part of our long term strategic plan to bring high quality, affordable and accessible heath care to the residents of East Hawaii.”        

A celebration with the Residency Program ohana!