The Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program is a program offered through the University of Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education. The goal of the Della Keats program is to foster, affirm, and encourage high school students’ interest in the medical professions by allowing them to explore health careers and to obtain a valuable introduction to college life. Application is open to disadvantaged Alaskan students, currently enrolled as juniors or seniors in high school, who have a strong interest in the health-care professions.


The purpose of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease's STEP-UP Program is to encourage high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds to enter the fields of medicine and biomedical research. Each NIDDK STEP-UP participant is paired with a seasoned UAA researcher and completes a research project under his or her mentorship. Participating students also take some academic classes with Della Keats/U-DOC Program participants. Della Keats/U-DOC and NIH NIDDK program participants share the university campus and dormitory experience and extracurricular activities.


Alaska WWAMI and the UAA Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship present the Alaska PreMed Summit each spring on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. First offered in April 2006, the purpose of the Alaska PreMed Summit is to provide information to anyone interested in pursuing a career in medicine. High school students, undergraduates, and college graduates are invited to attend. Information is also provided for high school counselors, college advisors, and parents.


MEDEX Northwest is a regional physician assistant training program offered by the University of Washington School of Medicine. The program trains students from the five WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) and Nevada to practice medicine with physician supervision. As a pioneer in PA education, MEDEX continues to be innovative in identifying, creating, and filling new niches for PAs as a strategy for expanding health care access.


The Rural / Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) is a four-week elective immersion experience for students between their first and second years of medical school. Students participating in R/UOP work side-by-side with physicians in rural or urban underserved communities throughout the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). Students are encouraged to explore the communities during these four-week experiences.


The WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE) Program is a clinical medical education program developed by the University of Washington School of Medicine as means to help meet the need for rural primary care physicians in the WWAMI region. The success of this unique program is due to the integration of community involvement, continuity of experience and a proven curriculum.

The WRITE Program is designed to give selected third-year medical students an appropriate mix of ambulatory and hospital experience during a 20-week clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site. Throughout the program, the WRITE student has the opportunity to develop a practice style while learning how to treat a broad range of medical, surgical and psychological problems. Learning experiences emphasize the rural physician’s responsibilities and roles of diagnosing, treating and managing the majority of health problems on a longitudinal, continuing basis, while calling upon all the health care resources available in the community.


The Alaska Family Medicine Residency is a member of the WWAMI Network of Family Medicine Residencies.  Its full three-year program is based in Anchorage and includes a six-week rotation at a rural site -- Bethel or Dillingham.

Curriculum of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency includes:

  • General Surgery/Endoscopy
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Rural Experience
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Trans-Cultural Medicine
  • Electives
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Emergency Medicine
Welcome to the Greatland