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Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

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    Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

    As Alaska’s medical school, the WWAMI program prepares Alaskan residents to be the future physicians and surgeons for our state.

Explore the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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.

Medical school scholarships and financial aid
Read more about financial aid for medical school on the WWAMI website.

University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM)
The LCME-accredited University of Washington School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top 10 medical schools in the nation. It is also ranked as one of the best medical schools for primary care and rural health care in the U.S. Alaska WWAMI medical students pay in-state resident tuition and additional fees to UWSOM

Alaska WWAMI
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.

Student activities and clubs
Join UAA’s student chapter of the American Medical Association and other specialty interest groups on campus to participate in service projects, professional networking and local events in Alaska.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Degree Type:

  • Doctoral

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Liaison Committee on Medical Education (L.C.M.E.)

Did you know..

WWAMI School of Medicine is a collaboration between campuses of five northwestern states: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The curriculum is standardized across all five sites.

What can you do with a Doctor of Medicine degree from UAA?

Medical doctors, especially primary care doctors in rural areas, are in high demand in Alaska, as well as throughout the U.S.

Medical careers
UAA/UW alumni provide medical and surgical care to the people of Alaska in the hospitals and clinics of the state, in both private practice and as employed physicians.

By the numbers..

$208k
The median annual wage for physicians and surgeons.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Doctor of Medicine degree program highlights

With a focus on primary and rural health care, the Alaska WWAMI collaborative graduate program for medical schooling provides flexibility as you pursue your career goals with advanced patient care training, electives and other experiences that help you transition into residency training.

  • Participate in summer clinical experiences. Through the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program, students can participate in clinical experiences all across the state, from Utqiagvik to Unalaska, with more than 200 physicians and surgeons in Alaska teaching WWAMI medical students.
  • Engage in active learning with small groups. Alaska WWAMI provides a greater focus on independent, life-long learning skills you’ll need to collaborate, grow and succeed in a rapidly changing health care environment.
  • Receive guidance from faculty instructors and community physicians. Their specialties include biochemistry, physiology, immunology, microbiology, infectious disease, pathology, the cardiovascular system, pulmonary and renal medicine, the gastrointestinal tract, neuroscience and psychiatry, endocrinology, reproduction, hematology and cancer.
  • Conduct graduate research while working alongside program faculty who are also medical scientists. Researchers at UAA are active in medical studies related to health disparities, cancer and community engagement.
Students sitting at a table studying

Learn more about medical school requirements and how to apply and qualify for medical school. The annual spring event offers tips on how to make your application more competitive, as well as speaker presentations, mock interviews, door prizes and more.

Alaska Health Education Summit
A group of students consult with a patient

The WWAMI program houses dedicated classrooms with advanced teaching technology, a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with an Anatomage Table for cadaveric dissection and virtual dissection, and a simulation lab for additional practice and training.

UAA M.D. facilities and labs
A group of students consult with an instructor

The WWAMI School of Medicine has been ranked No. 1 in primary care for more than 20 years and consistently ranks among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Med school rankings

Doctor of Medicine degree program curriculum

WWAMI Alaska’s innovative curriculum focuses on competency through three integrated phases:

  1. The Foundations Phase connects scientific and clinical knowledge in medicine to show how they interrelate and build on one another.
  2. The Patient Care Phase emphasizes clinical training and experience in real-world practice settings.
  3. The Explore and Focus Phase helps students narrow down their areas of interest and future career options.

As an Alaska WWAMI medical student, you’ll take classes for the first two years of medical school at UAA, then complete six-week blocks of clinical clerkships during the third and fourth years of medical school in Alaska, Seattle and throughout the WWAMI region.