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-Ka'imi Masunaga, Air Force

Yale University
MPH, Healthcare Management and Global Health

“Service before self,” is an Air Force core value that was programmed into Ka’imi’s mindset from an early age. A lifelong learner, he fulfilled his service commitment in the Health Professions Scholarship Program at USCF, and separated from the Air Force to further specialize in infectious diseases and healthcare management.

During his rotations in Emergency Medicine, Ka’imi developed an interest for integrating oral health and medicine. At Yale University, he is now pursuing a Master of Public Health to develop an integrated approach that better serves rural communities, treating the whole patient while improving access to treatment and care. His ultimate objective is to equalize the level of available medical services regardless of one’s age, class, or place in society.

Ka’imi’s mantra is: family, service, teach and learn. He is motivated to return to his hometown in Hawai’i, where he envisions integrating his clinical training in pediatrics and public health– to deliver high quality empathetic patient care to the community. With his international health and military leadership experience, he also hopes to continue his service as a leader in and out of the classroom/OR to shape the future of healthcare.