Clearinghouse for Clinical Rotations

Southwest Region

The Southwest region of Alaska includes the Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay, the remote Pribilof Islands and the long arc of Aleutian Islands, which stretch over 1,000 miles towards the Kamchatka Peninsula. Many of Alaska’s volcanoes can be found in this mostly coastal region of the state. Fishing is the mainstay of the economy, and Bristol Bay is home to one of the world’s largest commercial salmon fisheries.

Summers are typically cool, cloudy and foggy. Winters are more moderate than winters in Interior Alaska, but wind is a constant. Dramatic shifts in weather are possible any time of year. It is best to always be prepared with rain gear and layered warm clothes. Travel to Southwestern communities is mostly via air, though the Alaska Marine Highway system has limited trips to Aleutian Island communities. Flight delays are common due to the ever-changing weather, so be prepared and expect delays whenever traveling within the region.

There is just one hospital in this vast region, located in Dillingham. In addition, there are several community health centers, as well as small village clinics that host Community Health Aides. Our newest Southwest AHEC center is currently in the process of hiring staff. Students interested in clinical rotations for this region at this time should contact Linda Stangl of the Alaska AHEC Program office in Anchorage at 907-786-6591 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)