Clinical Rotation - Anchorage

Clinical Rotation - Anchorage

Regional Site Staff

Regional Assistant Dean:
Anne E. Musser, DO, FACOFP

Regional Site Administrator:
Albi Tatum, RN

Demographic Information

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Alaska is a playground. In addition to the abundance of outdoor activities, there are diverse indoor recreational activities throughout the area.  

Housing can be expensive and difficult to find depending on the time of year.  We recommend Craigslist or reaching out to local property management companies to assist.  There are areas to avoid so if you are unfamiliar with Anchorage, please inquire before signing any rental/lease agreements.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Region established with first PNWU class in 2009.

Preceptor/Rotation Information

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

  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neonatology
  • PICU
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • Orthopedics
  • GI
  • Urology
  •  ​​​​​ENT
  • Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pain Management
  • Nephrology
  • Urgent Care
  • Pathology







Number of Preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
20 CORE Adjunct Clinical Faculty (ACF) preceptors who also share precepting with approximately 30 additional physicians.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.)10

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
Surgery, IM, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Women's Health

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:  
Currently none.

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

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, the WWAMI students are in many of the same rotations as PNWU students and attend some of the same didactics.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Alaska Family Medicine Residency (

Opportunities to practice OMM:
There are opportunities within the OMM rotation and intermittently during FM, IM, and Women's Health rotations.

Didactics Information

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held in conjunction with the Alaska Family Medicine Residency.  They are every Thursday afternoon from 12-5pm and are a mix of lectures, small groups, and workshops.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
There are other rotation specific didactics held throughout the area that our students have been invited to participate in. WWAMI workshops are also held weekly.

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

Additional Information

Region Strengths:  
There are ample opportunity for inpatient experiences as well as opportunity to train alongside residents on many rotations. Anchorage offers strong, diverse rotations with preceptors who are very eager to teach!

Why might a student choose this region over another?
If you are from Alaska, its home! If you are interested in the Alaska Family Medicine Residency, PNWU students are integrated into the residency in many ways.  Anchorage is a strong regional site with many eager preceptors.

Student/Resident Information: 
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   4
Alumni in Residency Programs (Alaska totals):   10
Alumni practicing in the regions (Alaska totals):   10
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Alaska totals):   4.70

Additional information:
There is a considerable amount of travel during 4th year for audition rotations and interviews. Travel to-and-from Alaska can be very expensive. If you are a resident of Alaska, there are opportunities to rotate at the Alaska Native Medical Center.