Clinical Rotation - Fairbanks

Clinical Rotation - Fairbanks

Regional Site Staff

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Regional Assistant Dean:
Anne Hanley, DO

Regional Site Administrator:
Russell Amerson, PhD

Demographic Information

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
It doesn't get any better than Alaska; The Last Frontier, in terms of adventure, recreation, and outdoor sports of all kinds.

We have long been aware of the housing problems that many PNWU students encounter during their 3rd and 4th years. Programs exist in Fairbanks to help students find and secure adequate housing so that the student is not distracted with housing concerns during clinical rotations.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2010.

Preceptor/Rotation Information

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Dermatology
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep Therapy

Possible 4th year electives in the Fairbanks Region:

  • Podiatry
  • OMM
  • Vascular Surgery

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
There are approximately 160 physicians and surgeons with privileges at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Tanana Valley Clinic employs approximately 40 physicians and all have privileges at FMH. Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center employs approximately 6 physicians and all have privileges at FMH. There are 43 Clinical Adjunct Faculty teaching for PNWU. About 20 are teaching CORE Courses. ( (

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.): 20

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.): 23

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Surgery
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Critical Care

Rotations challenges in the region based on availability:
Sometimes inpatient Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine are not possible in the Region. This is usually remedied with PEDs rotations in Anchorage and EMER MED rotations in other PNWU regions.

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Surgery, BEH MED, and Critical Care are the main inpatient rotations. It is rare that a PNWU student will share a preceptor with another non-PNWU student. However, sometimes there are other non-PNWU students that rotate with some other preceptor in the same department. The FMH Student Office is shared with other non-PNWU students and this can be up to 5 other students at a time.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
The only Residency, per se, in Alaska is the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage. Students in this Region are rarely in contact with these Residents.  The Alaska Pediatrics Track schedules Pediatrics Residents year 'round at Tanana Valley Clinic and PNWU students rotate with these Residents during the Pediatrics CORE course. (

Opportunities to practice OMM:
We have D.O.s in Fairbanks that are Clinical Adjunct Faculty for PNWU that use OMM a great deal in their practice. There are many opportunities in Fairbanks to achieve the greatest levels of OMM competency possible. The Dean of the Fairbanks Region now practices in an exclusive OMM clinic.

Didactics Information

Didactic Information:
Didactic Lectures and Case Presentations are regularly scheduled in the Multi-Media Room, 4th Floor, Tanana Valley Clinic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Case Presentations are generally required each Wednesday afternoon, often in conjunction with a lecture or case analysis from local experts or specialist practitioners. SOAP notes are required each week and are reviewed.  Long, formal presentations are also required of all third year students.  One student per month is required to present an article for the Journal Club.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?

Additional Information

Region strengths:

  • It is likely that you will be able to complete all of your CORE Courses in Fairbanks.
  • You will very likely have your entire 3rd year schedule fixed by September 15.
  • The RAD and RSA will take a personal interest in your housing situation.
  • Response to your problems/difficulties is swift on the part of the RAD and RSA.
  • Very gifted and highly regarded faculty.
  • Extremely good access and one-to-one teaching/student ratio. (No Residents to compete with except in Pediatrics.)
  • Faculty that believes in encouraging you to practice at your limits in order to learn at the greatest competency level.
  • The Region is situated in the least developed part of the United States and presents the greatest opportunities for adventure, recreation, and exploration.
  • One of the most unique habitats and cultural sites in the world.
  • Greatest community spirit bar none.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Alaskans are obviously enthusiastic about where they live and we believe that the Great Land is the best place to live a full life. For most of us, the magnificence of the place was the major motivation for moving to Alaska. In addition to that reason, the community spirit that made Alaska famous in story and history books still exists in Fairbanks in a very powerful and palpable way. It has to be experienced to be understood. Those are good reasons to relocate here, but not even the tremendous 'openness' of the place is the 'best' reason. The best reason is the quality of the faculty here. Not only do we have a faculty of the highest educational quality, but you are given the greatest scope possible to achieve your greatest potential according to your own skill and intellectual development. You will be welcome here and you will be taught by faculty that understands what it means to achieve a rewarding and meaningful education.

Additional information:
Alaska is beautiful, rugged, unforgiving, and extremely rewarding. These aspects of life on the Last Frontier intrigue and reward those who are not bothered with irritations, bad weather, and cranky machines (at 40 below). If you have a low threshold of tolerance for these sorts of things, Alaska may not be your cup of tea. However, if the notion that 'adventure' is just another word for 'inconvenience' doesn't bother you or dissuade you, I suspect that you are just the right sort of student for the Fairbanks Region.