Providence Medical Center-OB GYN 671

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Mailing Address
3260 Providence Drive
Suite 322
Anchorage, AK 99508


During the next six weeks, you will be experiencing the exhilaration and frustration involved in the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. We want to stimulate your curiosity and interest, while addressing the basics.

Ultimately, the quality of your experience will depend on the degree of personal involvement in the program and your interaction with the other members of the health care team. We encourage you to frequently and candidly communicate with your preceptors.


We have prepared this information to provide an overview of the clerkship in Anchorage. Included are historical facts, geographic considerations, descriptions of teaching hospitals, the clinical setting and faculty, study facilities, call schedule, student housing, and transportation.

Historical Perspective

The WWAMI clinical clerkships provide key opportunities for the medical student to return to or become acquainted with Alaska. Recruiting future physicians for Alaska is a recognized goal of the program and the major reason of continued governmental support.

The Anchorage medical community for women's health care has had close ties with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington. During the early 1970's, clinical faculty members traveled to Seattle to participate in the teaching program at the University Hospital. Interest in an Anchorage clinical clerkship in OB-GYN led to the first clerkship rotation in the fall of 1978. 

Geographic Considerations

Anchorage, located at the head of Cook Inlet, is the major medical referral center for Alaska. Lying 1500 miles northwest of Seattle, Anchorage had to develop medical facilities to handle most major medical problems. By the early 1970's, the facilities and the medical personnel were in place. Continued recruitment assures excellent health care for Alaska's population. The results: an exciting combination of sophisticated health care within a few hundred miles of vast wilderness.

Opportunities for outdoor activities abound. Anticipate cool, wet and cold weather—including snow from November until May.

Teaching Hospitals

Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Sisters of Providence have a long history of pioneering health care in Alaska. The medical center with its modern facilities and well-trained staff of specialists is able to manage most medical problems. The Maternity Center couples a family-oriented staff with a sophisticated "hi-tech" facility. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of the largest on the west coast, staffed by experienced nurses and seven neonatologists. To insure expert care for the high-risk mother and fetus, Providence Alaska Medical Center sponsors LIFEGUARD ALASKA, a system of maternal and neonatal transport teams. Often high risk mothers are referred to Anchorage for evaluation and care by the specialists at the medical center. At other times, the maternal and neonatal transport teams travel to remote sites to evaluate, stabilize, and transport patients to Anchorage.

Statistical summaries of the OB-GYN service at Providence Alaska Medical Center have shown peaks in recent years, secondary to the pipeline boom. However, conservatively, approximately 2400 newborns per year are delivered and approximately 1000 gynecological procedures are performed each year.

We use Providence Alaska Medical Center as the main teaching hospital. In-hospital patient care is under the direct supervision of the preceptor physician. The patients' health care is managed by the team--you and your preceptor.

Providence Contact Information:
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Students will also spend time at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Alaska Regoinal Medical Staff Contact Information:
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Additionally, it is possible that you will complete a portion of your rotation at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson


This clerkship requires you to credential at BOTH Providence Hospital AND Alaska Regional.

1.) You will need to contact med staff personnel for applications and credentialing requirements: 

Providence Hospital                  Jennilyn Manglona            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alaska Regional                         Sarah Harris                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please check in often w/ the med staff to stay up to date on what is needed from you. 

2.) Please complete the credentialing paperwork and Supervising Physician Form and Scope of Practice form

Please  fill out your portion of both of these and SCAN AND EMAIL (no photo scan apps please as the quality is NOT suitable for this documentation) them back to me. 

Upon receipt I will collect the required/necessary physician signatures on your behalf and return to med staff at both offices. 

*Dr. Amanda Beery is your clerkship director/supervising physician. 


3.) Alaska Regional requires ALL med students to complete Alaska State Background Checks.

***Alaska WWAMI Students: Your background check should already be current. Please request your background check from Nancy Hall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and forward to Shyla with your other forms.

Please visit the website for the applicant initiated background check:

This process includes fingerprinting, and can take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Incomplete background checks will result in the inability to complete your rotation and disciplinary action by UW .

That being said, please get started as soon as you can.  You can obtain fingerprints at any agency that does them locally, after you complete the AK Application online. You can send the fingerprints to the address provided on the enclosed paperwork- no digital prints, however, as Alaska is not accepting them yet. 

Please complete the (Background Check form) and return it to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the start of your rotation. 

The background check is not reimbursable by UW, and you must complete the process within 30 days of beginning it, or any fees you've paid will be lost, and you will be dropped from the system. 

 Also, all students must also send the following information Shyla to prior to the start of their rotation: Full Name, Drivers License Number or State ID Number, State of Issue, and Date of Birth. This information is needed to grant you access to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. 

Clinical Setting and Faculty

The clinical faculty are board certified specialists with a keen interest in teaching. The student is assigned to a preceptor for six weeks. During this period of time, the preceptor and student coordinate their schedules. The days are busy with office hours, lectures, weekly conferences, labor / delivery call, and surgery.

Study Facilities

A conference room for study is available at Anchorage Women's Clinic located on the Providence Alaska Medical Center campus. You also have privileges at the Health Sciences Library and Sports Center at the University of Alaska, Anchorage located across the street from Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Call & Pagers

The students take call from home with their preceptors to attend after-hours births, surgeries and Emergency Room consultations as they occur.

A pager will be provided to OB/GYN students for use during their rotation.

Final Exam

Students will have the option of taking the final written examination in either Anchorage or in Seattle. Students who are returning to Seattle are not released from duties until NOON on the last Wednesday of the rotation, as they need to check out at UAA and with Dr. Ostrom from 9am -noon.

Student Housing

Students are lodged in a condo. You will need to purchase food and personal items. Linens, towels, dishes, iron and ironing board are provided, as well as coin-operated laundry, computer access in each room, and a central area with TV, VCR and printer. Please keep in mind that food costs are approximately 25% higher in Alaska than in Seattle.


Students may rent a car for the rotation and the cost will be reimbursed. For more information, please contact the Alaska Regional WWAMI Office.