Clinical Rotations

The Alaska Area Health Education Center (Alaska AHEC) provides experiences for students in health professions by placing them in rural or underserved populations. Interested in a clinical rotation or being a preceptor in Southeast Alaska, contact us!

Rural Immersion Institute of the North (RIIN)

RIIN is designed for undergraduate juniors, seniors, gap year students and professional returning to graduate school in the full spectrum of pre-professional health careers. Students spend three weeks in Alaska, including ten days job-shadowing health care professionals in rural facilities. The rest of the time is spent in Anchorage.

Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)

In association with University of Washington, UW School of Medicine, the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) is a four-week, elective immersion experience in community medicine for students between their first and second years of medical school. During their 4-week rotation, students live in rural or urban underserved communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). They work side-by-side with local physicians providing health care to underserved populations. Administered by the Office of Rural Programs, RUOP is a collaborative effort of the UW School of Medicine, WWAMI campuses and the Area Health Education Centers. It is also supported by the Washington and Idaho Academies of Family Physicians. For more information, contact us.

Program Goals

  • Provide students with an early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved setting.
  • Promote in students a positive attitude toward rural and urban underserved community medicine.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to learn how community health care systems function.

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Alaska AHEC maintains a robust long-term tracking system on students funded for clinical rotations.