RIIN - Rural Immersion Institute of the North


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Gain healthcare experience the Alaskan way! RIIN is a part of the Alaska AHEC Progam.

A 10 day Rural Alaskan "Edventure" for undergraduate & graduate healthcare students or professionals interested in rural health practice. All disciplines are welcome.


RIIN introduces healthcare students to the realities of providing care in rural Alaska. Students spend the beginning of the program in Anchorage, learning about Alaskan culture and meeting with healthcare professionals to hear about their experiences. Participants are then paired with healthcare professionals from around the state to obtain hands-on experience in rural Alaska communities. The program ends back in Anchorage, where students present their experiences and lessons learned.

  • riin student on the top of a mountain

  • Riin students in front of a lake

  • riin students at a glacier

  • riin students on a glacier tour with glacial ice

  • students at seward waterfall

Program Costs: 

- Program Fee: $3,500 
(last updated October 10, 2023)
Limited scholarships are available to help discount costs for applicants with financial need.
Please note that the price includes in-state travel fees, excursions, and select meals (flights to Alaska are not included). 

The sample schedule is as follows:

June 20th - Participant Arrival and Check-in

June 21-23 - Outdoor Experience: Kayakers Cove

June 24th - Orientation Day: Cultural center, Tribal Health Overview and Tours

June 25-29 - Rural Placement

June 30th - Debrief and Wrap-up

July 1st - Participants Depart

What To Bring

The climate and terrain of Alaska varies enormously from place to place, so be prepared for a wide range of conditions. We have compiled a short packing/advice list for the necessities.



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