Clearinghouse for Clinical Rotations
Welcome to the Alaska AHEC
The Alaska Area Health Education Center (Alaska AHEC) provides experiences for students in health professions by placing them with our rural or underserved populations. This website serves as a clearinghouse for those interested in obtaining such a rotation. We are particularly interested in hosting students who have ties to Alaska and are strongly considering working in Alaska upon completion of their program.
Each Alaska AHEC Center serves a distinct geographic area and has different resources and needs. The Clinical Rotation Coordinators from each Center work closely together to help place students. The Alaska AHEC Program Office helps support the southwest region which currently has no AHEC Center. In general, each Center and the Program Office have a limited amount of funding to support students traveling to and from rotation sites and, in some cases, housing on-site if needed. We support many types of clinical rotation students and work with several different programs and a variety of universities. The most common types of rotations include 4th year medical students*, medical residents, dental students, pharmacy interns, physician assistant students* and NP students* and nursing students. We are working to expand our rotations to therapy students, as well.
If you are interested in a particular geographic region of the state, we encourage you to contact the AHEC in that region, by visiting their page on this site. If you have no preference as to a region, we encourage you to complete an application. Clinical Rotation Coordinators meet on a monthly basis to discuss applicants and policies. In your initial contact, it is helpful for us to know of any ties you may have to our state and your interest in working in Alaska in the future.
We encourage you to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page before contacting us. An application for a rotation placement is available for download on the Application page.
*SPECIAL NOTE: Alaska AHEC Program Policy
Due to the high demand for clinical sites for Alaska’s own medical, PA and NP students, the Alaska AHEC no longer accepts applications from medical, PA or NP students unless one of the following conditions has been met: students have ties to Alaska, they have already found a placement with an affiliated program working with facilities in our state, or have been placed by a rural/underserved provider in Alaska. We will continue to accept applications from outside of Alaska for medical residents and for students in programs that Alaska does not currently host such as dental, or physical therapy. This could change as new health programs in Alaska are developed. If you have ties to Alaska, we encourage you to submit an application and we will do our best to find you a placement.