Treating ethnically diverse children. West Hawaii Community Health Center (WHCHC) serves the West Hawaii communities on the Big Island from Kawaihae to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (covering 80 miles of coastline, roughly twice the size of Oahu, with 60,000 residents). The Center strives to be the provider of choice for all residents in our service area, and continues to grow its programs and services to better serve this community. With 47,150 patient visits in 2013, and over 11,000 established patients, WHCHC continues to accept new patients. Residents work closely with pediatric dental faculty and practitioners at two of our of health center locations to hone skills and develop practice protocols that are unique to treating pediatric patients who are ethnically diverse. In Kealakekua, the Keiki Oral Health Program provides comprehensive dental services for children infant through 17 years old. LMC Hawaii (Kokua Kalihi Valley CHC, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and West Hawaii Community Health Center (Keiki Health Center)) offer a unique experience unlike traditional hospital or university based pediatric dentistry programs. Residents receive their pediatric dental clinical training, serving the community by caring for patients in community health centers in collaboration with medical staff. Affiliated hospitals provide hospital and medical rotations required for specialty training. Throughout their residency, traveling is required as pediatric residents rotate through assignments on three different islands. Throughout the first and second year, residents will be assigned to work on hospital cases at Maui Memorial Medical Center (Island of Maui, 1st year), Kona Community Hospital and Hilo Medical Center (Island of Hawaii, 2nd year), Shriners Hospital for Children and Castle Medical Center (Island of Oahu, 1st and 2nd year). It is emphasized that expenses for travel which include moving for the duration of your rotation on the islands of Maui or Hawaii, living, food, transportation and travel on the neighbor islands must be covered by the resident. Rotations on Oahu community health center sites include Saturday and Sunday assignments. Mandatory literature review, resident meetings, and other didactic assignments, which include presentations may be assigned on weekends or after clinical hours.
|Number of Positions||5 (shared among all 3 Hawaii Peds locations)|
Selwyn Plaza 81-6627 Mamalahoa Highway, Suite 106
Dr. Lynn Fujimoto
West Hawaii Community Health Center (Keiki Health Center) - Kealakekua
|Year network/office opened||2002|
|Total # of operatories||0|