Clearinghouse for Clinical Rotations

Northwest AHEC

The NW AHEC is housed in Barrow, AK but covers the villages within the Nome and Kotzebue regions, as well.  This region is home to the Inupiat, where the whaling tradition extends back for as long as our collective memory has existed.

The climate is cold and dry, and is classified as a polar climate.  Winter weather can be extremely dangerous because of the combination of cold and wind, while summers are cool even at their warmest.  Winds average 12 mph (20km/h). Furthest north, the sun sets on November 18 or 19, and it remains below the horizon for about 65 days. However, beginning on around May 11 or 12, the sun remains above the horizon the entire day.

Transportation from Barrow, Kotzebue, and Nome to some of the smaller clinics may require travel by plane or small boat.  Please be mindful of the Frontier nature of our transportation system for regional travel. Because these methods of travel are highly dependent on the weather, be ready for delays “due to weather.”

Clinical Rotations for medical students, mid-levels and resident doctors are arranged, in rural and underserved areas. Most small clinics are geared toward a 4 or 8 week rotation. Clinical Rotations students should make travel and housing arrangements several months in advance.

For questions concerning funding for travel and housing, please contact Lauren Kelly at (907) 852-1779 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Visit some of the health clinics in the Northern and Western Coastal Regions at the following links: