About Wā Kamaliʻi Medical / Wayne Chun, M.D. LLC
About Our Clinic
Wā Kamaliʻi Medical was reborn in 2020 because medicine to date is taking a turn for the worse. Physicians are being forced into employed models of business and out of the business of doctoring. The old timers are hanging up because they have had enough. Private groups are dwindling and dying under regulation and financial pressure. It is time to say enough. We long for the old ways. Wā Kamaliʻi, means childhood or, as Dr. Chun prefers to call it, “small kid time.” We will try to be among those who remain.
History of Micropractice
Some Micropractice roots can be traced back to 2006 when a Dr. Gordon Moore of Rochester, New York, was credited with using the term “Ideal Micro Practice” in his article published in the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management July-September 2006 Vol 29 Issue 3 P215-221.
Dr. Wayne Chun is a fourth-generation Chinese local boy from Kaneohe, Hawaii, whose family now spans seven generations. He graduated from Punahou Schools, went to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and completed his medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His medical training included internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center.
He has been a doctor for adults serving in a community hospital, medical teaching centers, military treatment facilities, veteran facilities, combat medic facilities, and civilian medical centers. He has served in academic, administrative, and clinical roles. He maintains a position as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
What is an Internist?
According to the College of Physicians, "Internist are physicians specializing in Internal Medicine, a discipline focused on the care of adults emphasizing use of the best medical science available in caring for patients in the context of thoughtful, meaningful doctor-patient relationships as exemplified by the life and work of Sir William Osler, the ‘father’ of internal medicine in the United States."
For internists, at least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases affecting adults. This basic training qualifies them to practice internal medicine, and you may see these physicians referred to by several terms, including “internists” or “doctors of internal medicine.” But don’t mistake them with “interns” who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.
Dr. Chun’s Philosophy
Dr. Chun’s philosophy is to return to the basics of patient and doctor, a relationship for managing health and wellness. It is more than an algorithm or pathway or best practices that turn out to be too expensive, impractical, or, in some cases, flat wrong some years later. It is collecting symptoms and putting them together into a constellation and developing a plan, with the patient in mind and the patient having a say. Dr. Chun works within the best confines of the current financial situation to allow his patients the greatest freedom from the fixed mold.
Racquel Cabanting, MA
Racquel is a medical assistant who grew up in the Bay Area of California but has lived in Honolulu most of her life. She has been a medical assistant for 18 years, 15 years of which was spent in Internal Medicine, one year in Women’s Health, and two years in General and Transplant Surgery. She has taken care of patients on the civilian side of healthcare and has also taken care of veteran patients.
Aside from taking care of patients, Racquel has also precepted numerous medical assistant students over the 18 years of her career. She speaks Tagalog fluently and can speak little and understand two other Filipino dialects.
Racquel’s mission is to provide patient-centered care for her patients utilizing her skills, knowledge and experience while also supporting Dr. Chun’s philosophy.