Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

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Site Details: 

This site will fulfill the Indian Health and Underserved Pathway Requirement.

Drs. Valerie Edwards and Kristen Widmer will coordinate the Sitka clerkship, to provide medical care and student teaching at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, as well as other health care clinics within the communities SEARHC serves. Students can expect to provide a wide variety of obstetrics, emergency, acute and chronic services in Sitka and the surrounding communities, where there is limited specialist availability. One week out of the clerkship, the student may have an opportunity to accompany a physician on a visit to a remote village clinic. The village trip is dependent on many local factors and will not be offered for all rotations.

Satellite Sites: 

Sitka is a unique island community in southeast Alaska. It is a popular cruise ship and tourist destination that embraces its rich culture and history. Despite a population of roughly 8,500, Sitka inspires the arts – there are festivals, events, shows, and activities all year long. Sitka can be reached by Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Marine Highway ferries. The weather is wildly unpredictable yet temperatures are mild year-round; with a maritime climate you can certainly expect rain.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Students can expect to serve a diverse population of Native Alaskan and other ethnic groups, of all age ranges.

On-Call Duties: 

Call will consist of up to one night per week. This will facilitate the opportunity to follow patients admitted through the ER during their hospital stay.


An apartment is located about 1.5 miles from the hospital / clinic. The apartment is fully furnished and includes basic cable and internet access. The apartment has two bedrooms and is large enough to accommodate a guest, but no animals. If you’re intending on having guests / family stay, the landlords request to be notified in advance. A car is provided and can be picked up at the airport. The car should be clean and full of gas upon its return to the airport prior to your departure.


Some facts about the weather in Sitka

  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 88°F in 1976.
  • February is the average coolest month.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was 0°F in 1971.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in October.

Click here for more information on average temperatures and rainfall in Sitka.