Alaska offers a variety of quality learning opportunities in rural and community practices throughout the state. Alaska's remoteness from the "lower forty eight" necessitates a more comprehensive health infrastructure and capacity than is usually found in rural areas. Alaska's vast distances create challenges in the delivery of health services providing unique opportunities for medical care. Telemedicine and village field visits are a vital part of providing services to our remote locations. Alaska uses more mid-level practitioners per capita than any other state. Your Alaska experience can bring new friendships, excellent recreational activities, and a chance to work and learn in the Last Frontier.
3rd Year and 4th Year Clerkships
3rd and 4th year clerkships are offered throughout Alaska. For Department information, please visit
3rd Year Student Resourcesand
4th Year Student Resources. Current registered students with a UW Net ID can find information on
2014 clerkships through the UW School of Medicine MedWiki.
The third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum are comprised of "clerkship" rotations in the various medical specialty areas. These clerkships may be taken in any of the five WWAMI states. Students who choose the "Alaska Track" can take nearly all of these clerkships in Alaska.
The WRITE Program is a clinical medical education program developed by the University of Washington School of Medicine as a means to help meet the need for rural primary care physicians in the WWAMI region. The success of this unique program is due to the integration of community involvement, continuity of experience and a proven curriculum. A detailed description of this program can be found in the
WRITE manual. The Alaska sites are Juneau (2 sites), Kodiak, and Wasilla.
WWAMI Regional Medical School Information
For more information about WWAMI, please visit our
medical school page.
WWAMI Clinical Coordinator - Alaska
Tom Nighswander, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Operations Administrator
WWAMI Clinical Medical Education -
UAA, 3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508
WWAMI 1st Year Director Regional Programs – Alaska
Jane Shelby, Ph.D.
Alaska WWAMI Medical Ecuation Program
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508
1st Year Alaska Website