WWAMI – Alaska


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.

Alaska TRACK

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.

Clerkship Opportunities

3rd and 4th year clerkships are offered throughout Alaska. For Department information, please visit 3rd Year Student Resourcesand 4th Year Student Resources.


TRUST provides WWAMI students with a continuous connection within underserved communities, medical education, and health professionals in Alaska. After a targeted TRUST admissions process, TRUST scholars are linked to small city, underserved or rural communities in Alaska (TRUST/WRITE sites) for a series of educational experiences throughout all four years of medical school. Linkage with existing UW programs such as the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and the Underserved Pathway (UP), in addition to unique curricular elements, allow TRUST scholars to immerse themselves in the care of the underserved. The eventual goal is to create a physician workforce specifically trained for the underserved areas of the WWAMI region. Alaska TRUST Scholars will have multiple opportunities to experience first-hand the joys and satisfaction of practicing medicine in a rural or urban underserved community. To learn more please visit the UW’s TRUST program.


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), Ketchikan, Kodiak, and Wasilla.

Report and Resources

Contact Information

Barb Doty, M.D., FAAFP
Assistant Clinical Dean, Alaska WWAMI
907.786.4817 (fax)

Shyla Dema
Program Operations Administrator
907.786.4700 (fax)

WWAMI Clinical Medical Education –
UAA, 3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508

Kathy Young, M.D.
Assistant Dean Foundations, Alaska WWAMI

Maryann Kniffen, mikniffen@alaska.edu
Nancy Hall, nancy@ alaska.edu
Trina Boyce, skboyce@alaska.edu
509.358.7793 (fax)

Alaska WWAMI Medical Education Program
3211 Providence Drive, HSB 301
Anchorage, AK 99508


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