Alaska Family Medicine Residency
The Alaska Family Medicine Residency combines a wide variety of unique resources designed to train family physicians for rural and underserved medicines. Our curriculum, while designed to meet the needs of physicians who practice medicine in the remote and isolated communities of Alaska, also equips our graduates for medicine in most other underserved environments, such as Third World settings.
Our base hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, is the largest tertiary care center in the State. It provides a full range of medical specialties and a diversity of patient conditions for excellent inpatient training.
As an affiliate of the University of Washington Family Medicine Network, we benefit from the full participation of national leaders in family medicine, rural medicine and primary care. Our 24,000 sq. ft. Family Medicine Center opened in January 2001. It is a model Family Medicine office and a center of care for Anchorage’s underserved population. Each resident works with an assigned panel of patients with a broad diversity of medical needs and ethnic backgrounds.
The program has important affiliations with many institutions and organizations that add to the variety of educational experiences. Among them are: The Alaska Native Medical Center; The University of Alaska Biomedical Program and it’s associated University of Washington’s WWAMI program; Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham; and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital, in Bethel. Most importantly, we work closely with many of the private physicians throughout the state who provide bedside instruction and give didactic presentations for our program.
The faculty have a broad range of backgrounds, including rural practice experience, resident education and diverse Alaskan exposures. All but one faculty practice obstetrics and participate in procedural training.
As Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 260,000, Anchorage is home to nearly half the state’s residents. It provides dining, movies, nightclubs, opera, theater, symphony, and art, along with business, communications, transportation, and commercial services for all of Alaska. Anchorage has miles of bike and lighted ski trails within city limits and is only minutes away from world-class outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, wind surfing, climbing, ice-climbing, hunting, skiing (cross country and downhill), and dog mushing. Within a 5-hour driving radius are world-famous Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Copper River basin and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
Our training curriculum contains a number of innovations driven by the unique needs of rural and underserved Alaska. There is an emphasis on Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Obstetrics, Rural Experiences, and Trans-cultural Medicine. Additional strengths are Wilderness Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Sciences and Practice Management.
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