Petersburg Medical Center Clinic
Dr Jennifer 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 the community. You may expect to provide a wide variety of emergency, acute and chronic services in these rural communities where specialist services are not routinely available. The FP’s staff the emergency room and clinic as well as rounds in the adjacent hospital and nursing home. The faculty and office staff are pleased to be working with students and integrating them into their practices.
Petersburg is small island community of about 3000 people, approximately 150 miles from Juneau and between 750-800 miles from the nearest tertiary care in either Seattle to the south or Anchorage to the north. It is nestled in the Alexander Archipelago that comprises coastal Southeast Alaska and the magnificent Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world. Compared to most communities in Southeast, Petersburg is less of a tourist destination and more of a working town, with commercial fishing and fish processing comprising the majority of the local economy. Petersburg can be reached by Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Marine Highway ferries. The small downtown area is adjacent to the docks and the medical facilities are within short walking distance. Indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities abound so bring equipment and clothing to match the season. Expect rain!
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.
Call is light due to relatively low inpatient volume with average daily census of 1 and a relatively low ER volume although that can be highly variable, especially in summer.
An apartment will be provided within ½ mile of the hospital & clinic with general furnishings, including towels, bedding, dishes and internet access and local telephone service is provided. Please arrange your own long distance service. The apartment is large enough to accommodate families, but no pets please. A car is also provided. It should be clean and full of gas when you arrive and when you leave the clerkship.
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.