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Alaska WWAMI’s 2016 Della Keats Programs:
building a pathway to medicine for Alaskan students

Della Keats Lab StudentsEvery July, the Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education, offers a small group of talented Alaskan High School students from under-served and under-represented backgrounds the opportunity to prepare for college and their future careers through the Della Keats Summer Programs.

These programs, named after an inspirational Inupiat healer who dedicated her life to the provision of health services and health education in rural Alaska, provide students with pre-college training, medical job-shadowing and the opportunity to experience life on campus before coming to college. 

In the 15 years that Alaska WWAMI has been responsible for these programs, every student has successfully continued on into college and, in most cases, these students have continued on into the health professions – allied health, nursing, medicine, dentistry and medical research.

This year’s program is both shorter and smaller than normal but will still run for four weeks – from July 10 to August 5 – and serve 10 students. Eight students will take part in the core pre-college preparation program and two will complete research internships funded by the Alaska Kidney Foundation.

2016 Physician’s Oath and Hooding Ceremony

Hooding 2016The Class of 2016 received their medical degrees on May 27 during the Physician’s Oath and Hooding Ceremony for the University of Washington School of Medicine at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  19 Alaska WWAMI students were among the 200 graduates. 

Earning an M.D. requires grueling hours, demanding classes and unwavering focus. “Many of the graduates wouldn’t be here today without the support of loved ones, and in a very real sense, today is your day too,” Paul Ramsey, dean of the UW School of Medicine, told the audience at the 68th graduation of the UW School of Medicine.

The Alaska WWAMI graduates will continue on in a variety of residency training programs including Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurological Surgery, Family Medicine and Radiology.

Annual Alaska Academy of Family Physicians Winter Upate

March 11-13, 2016 the Alaska WWAMI students had the opportunity to attend the 18th Annual Alaska Academy of Family Physicians Winter Upate at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska. The conference featured many interesting and useful workshops conducted by Alaskan Physicians.

Alaska PreMed Summit

Do you want to become a doctor, or know someone who does?  If you missed the 2016 Alaska PreMed Summit or just want a refresher, attend the Summit on April 1,2017 and find out what it takes to become a physician.  You’ll learn how to prepare for and apply to medical school, and you’ll hear all about the medical education process.  High school and undergraduate students, counselors and parents are invited to attend this FREE event.