Doctor of Medicine (MD)
In partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine, UAA is the Alaska regional site for WWAMI School of Medicine, a collaborative, high-quality medical school with a focus on community health care that has trained more than 500 physicians and surgeons since 1971. Spend your first 18 months of the program at UAA, taking foundational courses and learning basic clinical skills in local clinics and hospitals. After this you’ll begin your clinical years, which you can choose to spend in clinics and hospitals across Alaska or throughout the five-state WWAMI region. All students are required to spend a minimum of eight to 12 weeks in Seattle at University of Washington hospitals.
Why choose the Alaska WWAMI program?
Engage in active learning in small groups with expert faculty. Alaska WWAMI provides a greater focus on independent, life-long learning skills you’ll need to collaborate, grow and succeed in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
Train in Alaska with over 200 Alaska physicians and surgeons preparing you to work in Alaskan communities. Unique Special Programs throughout the State from Utqiagvik to Unalaska to prepare you to work with rural and underserved communities
Learn from local expert faculty and physicians across multiple specialties with a small number of students to faculty ratio.
WWAMI is housed in the Health Sciences building with state of the art anatomy and simulation labs as well as a classroom with advanced teaching technologies. In close proximity to other health programs allowing Interprofessional educational opportunities.
The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine program pages and catalog provide the official source of degree information. Use the resources below to learn more about pre-med requirements, application timelines and requirements, learning outcomes, course sequencing, and more.
Message from the Director
Thank you for your interest in the WWAMI School of Medical Education. This decentralized medical education program through the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) combines the strengths and talents of Universities across a 5 state region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) to train physicians and surgeons in their own states initially and then across the 5 state region. The UWSOM is currently #1 for Primary Care and #2 for Family Medicine in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools." If you are Alaskan and interested in serving your local Alaskan community we would be delighted to hear from you.
-Kathy Young, M.D.
Director and Term Assistant Professor, UAA WWAMI School of Medical Education
Foundations Assistant Dean, UW School of Medicine