Petersburg Medical Center Clinic

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Site Details: 

Dr. Hyer will coordinate the Petersburg clerkship, to provide medical care and student teaching at Petersburg Medical Center, as well as other health care agencies within each community. You may expect to provide a wide variety of emergency, acute and chronic services in this rural community where specialist services are generally not available. The four FP’s staff the emergency room and clinic and round in the adjacent hospital and nursing home. One of the newest clerkship sites, the faculty and office staff are pleased to be working with students and integrating them into their practices.


Petersburg is small rainforest island community in Southeast Alaska. Along the Inside Passage, Petersburg can be reached by Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Marine Highway ferries. The main industries are fishing and fish processing, and tourism. The downtown area is adjacent to the docks and the medical facility are within walking distance. You can expect to serve a diverse population, which includes Alaskan Native, Scandinavian and a variety of other ethnic groups that make up this unusual community. Indoor and outdoor recreation opportunity abound so bring equipment and clothing to match the season. Expect rain!

Common Clinic Patients: 

Students can expect to serve a diverse primary care population of all ages and a variety of ethnic groups including Native Alaskan (primarily Tlingit) and descendants of the early Scandinavian (primarily Norwegian) settlers that make up this frontier community. Due to low OB volume, deliveries are no longer performed in town. However, all pre and post natal care is provided through the clinic. A variety of expanded outpatient services are provided through the local hospital and overseen by the doctors including routine chemotherapy, for example.

On-Call Duties: 

Students are on call a minimum of five weekday nights and one weekend (Saturday-Sunday) during the rotation. You may participate in making up your schedule. When on call, you will see patients in the Emergency Department as appropriate. In the ED or hospital you will write notes for hospital records.


Students will fly from Seattle on Alaska Air. Make reservations with Academic Affairs well in advance of your departure and remember to let the people in Alaska know when you plan to arrive. Remember that about 1 in 5 of these flights is either canceled or the plane must fly over due to weather conditions. Carry overnight needs onboard the flight with you, not as checked baggage. You will need to have the financial resources to travel for 1-2 days. You will have a leased car for transportation in the community.

Housing is available. No pets allowed. No smoking allowed. Provided amenities: Cooking utensils and kitchen needs, vacuum, iron, ironing board, clock/radio, TV with cable, washer/dryer. A coin operated laundry facility is available.


Some facts about the weather in Petersburg

  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 83°F in 1992.
  • January is the average coolest month.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -8°F in 1995.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in October.