Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital

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Site Details: 


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

Drs. Elliot Bruhl and Valerie Edwards will coordinate the Sitka clerkship, to provide medical care and student teaching at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Center (SEARHC) and Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, as well as other health care agencies within each community. 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.


More information will be provided soon.


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.