Historical Perspective

The WWAMI clinical clerkships provide key opportunities for the medical student to return to or become acquainted with Alaska. Recruiting future physicians for Alaska is a recognized goal of the program and the major reason of continued governmental support.

The Anchorage medical community for women's health care has had close ties with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. During the early 1970's, clinical faculty members traveled to Seattle to participate in the teaching program at the University Hospital. Interest in an Anchorage clinical clerkship in OB-GYN led to the first clerkship rotation in the fall of 1978. 

Geographic Considerations

Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet, is the major medical referral center for Alaska. Lying 1500 miles northwest of Seattle, Anchorage had to develop medical facilities to handle most major medical problems. By the early 1970's, the facilities and the medical personnel were in place. Continued recruitment assures excellent health care for Alaska's population. The results: an exciting combination of sophisticated health care within a few hundred miles of vast wilderness.

Opportunities for outdoor activities abound. Anticipate cool, wet and cold weather—including snow from November until May.

Teaching Hospitals

Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Sisters of Providence have a long history of pioneering health care in Alaska. The medical center with its modern facilities and well-trained staff of specialists is able to manage most medical problems. The Maternity Center couples a family-oriented staff with a sophisticated "hi-tech" facility. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of the largest on the west coast, staffed by experienced nurses and seven neonatologists. To insure expert care for the high-risk mother and fetus, Providence Alaska Medical Center sponsors LIFEGUARD ALASKA, a system of maternal and neonatal transport teams. Often high risk mothers are referred to Anchorage for evaluation and care by the specialists at the medical center. At other times, the maternal and neonatal transport teams travel to remote sites to evaluate, stabilize, and transport patients to Anchorage.

Statistical summaries of the OB-GYN service at Providence Alaska Medical Center have shown peaks in recent years, secondary to the pipeline boom. However, conservatively, approximately 2400 newborns per year are delivered and approximately 1000 gynecological procedures are performed each year.

We use Providence Alaska Medical Center as the main teaching hospital. In-hospital patient care is under the direct supervision of the preceptor physician. The patients' health care is managed by the team--you and your preceptor.

Providence Contact Information:
Abrianna Haring-Brito

Students will also spend time at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Alaska Regoinal Medical Staff Contact Information:
Main Contact: Alaska Regional Medical Staff

Credentialing

CREDENTIALING PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED AT at BOTH Providence Hospital AND Alaska Regional.

***Please note: Due to COVID-19 credentialing paperwork is only required at Providence Hospital at this time.  You do not need to complete credentiaing for Alaska Regional***

1.) You will need to contact med staff personnel at BOTH hospitals for applications and credentialing requirements: 

Providence Hospital                Abrianna Haring-Brito

Alaska Regional                        Alaska Regional Medical Staff                   

Please check in often w/ the med staff to stay up to date on what is needed from you. 

Fill out the PDF iconPre-Application Request Form.

 

2.) Please review the credentialing paperwork instructions - YOU MUST REACH OUT TO ALASKA REGIONAL MEDICAL FOR COMPLETE APPLICATION

 

3.) Complete Medical Student Application & Supervising Physician Form and Scope of Practice form

Please  fill out your portion of both of these and SCAN AND EMAIL (no photo scan apps please as the quality is NOT suitable for this documentation) them back to Ciera Stafford, the Alaska WWAMI Program Coordinator. 

Upon receipt I will collect the required/necessary physician signatures on your behalf and return to med staff at both offices. 

*Dr. Amanda Beery is your clerkship director/supervising physician. 

 

4.) Alaska Regional requires ALL med students to complete Alaska State Background Checks.

***Alaska WWAMI Students: Your background check should already be current. Please request your background check from Nancy Hall (njhall@uaa.alaska.edu) and forward to Shyla (sdema@uw.edu) with your other forms.

For ALL OTHERS:
Please visit the website for the applicant initiated background check: 

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dhcs/Pages/cl/bgcheck/default.aspx

This process includes fingerprinting, and can take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Incomplete background checks will result in the inability to complete your rotation and disciplinary action by UW .

That being said, please get started as soon as you can.  You can obtain fingerprints at any agency that does them locally, after you complete the AK Application online. You can send the fingerprints to the address provided on the enclosed paperwork- no digital prints, however, as Alaska is not accepting them yet. 

Please complete the (Background Check form) and return it to  Ciera Stafford (cejstaff@uw.edu) prior to the start of your rotation. 

The background check is not reimbursable by UW, and you must complete the process within 30 days of beginning it, or any fees you've paid will be lost, and you will be dropped from the system.

 

5.) DRUG TESTING IS REQUIRED FOR ALASKA REGIONAL. Students should see the UW SoM Drug Testing Procedure: https://www.uwmedicine.org/education/Pages/Drug-Testing-Procedure.aspx

This site requires drug testing as apart of their credentialing requirements. According to the SOM drug testing policy, all drug testing needs to be done through the SOM.  Please go to the SOM Compliance drug testing webpage where they can order a drug test online:   https://www.uwmedicine.org/education/Pages/Drug-Testing-for-Select-Clerkship-Rotations.aspx

 

6.) IF YOU ARE A RETURNING MEDICAL STUDENT, please submit the following:

Clinical Setting and Faculty

The clinical faculty are board certified specialists with a keen interest in teaching. The student is assigned to a preceptor for six weeks. During this period of time, the preceptor and student coordinate their schedules. The days are busy with office hours, lectures, weekly conferences, labor / delivery call, and surgery.

Study Facilities

A conference room for study is available at Anchorage Women's Clinic located on the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus. You also have privileges at the Health Sciences Library and Sports Center at the University of Alaska, Anchorage located across the street from Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Call & Pagers

The students take call from home with their preceptors to attend after-hours births, surgeries and Emergency Room consultations as they occur.

Final Exam

Students will have the option of taking the final written examination in either Anchorage or in Seattle. Students who are returning to Seattle are not released from duties until NOON on the last Wednesday of the rotation, as they need to check out at UAA and with Dr. Beery from 9am -noon (this may change due to new 4 week rotation schedule).

Student Housing

Students are lodged in condos shared with other clerkship students. Each student has their own bedroom. Linens, towels, dishes, iron and ironing board are provided, as well as internet access and washer & dryer. You will need to purchase food, toiletries and personal items. Please keep in mind that food costs are approximately 25% higher in Alaska than in Seattle. Students may check in after 3pm the Sunday before the start of their rotation and must check out by noon on the last Friday of their rotation. Students are responsible for cleaning the condos and their linens prior to departure. No pets allowed. More housing information will be provided by the Alaska WWAMI office.

$150 housing deposit is required prior to condo access being granted.

Make check payable to the University of Washington and mail to:

UW WWAMI @ UAA

Attn: Shyla Dema

3211 Providence Dr. HSB 301

Anchorage, AK 99517

Transportation

Students may rent a car for the rotation and the cost will be reimbursed. For more information: https://depts.washington.edu/gowwami/driving.htm