Rural Track Program – Soldotna, AK

Unique Features

  • Rural continuity clinic site offers full spectrum outpatient general internal medicine:
    – Primary care
    – Management of subspecialty problems
    – Internal medicine consultation for local family practitioners and surgeons
    – Interpretation of cardiac stress tests and PFTs
    – Outpatient procedures, including paracentesis, cardioversion, joint injections, skin biopsies
    – Robust training in non-IM specialty skills that are essential to providing comprehensive primary care in a rural area
  • Longitudinal curriculum in Alaska to maximize continuity of care and skill-building
  • Small complement to allow for individualized teaching, curricular flexibility, and a highly supportive training environment
  • Mentorship from a close-knit team of board-certified internists with well over fifty years combined experience in clinical medicine and education
  • Opportunity to teach UW third-year medical students on their IM core clerkship
  • High volume of endoscopy for invested learners
  • Elective experiences with remote Alaskan communities and tribal health organizations
  • Several options for primary care internist jobs on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout Alaska post-residency

Additional Information

This is the nation’s first Rural Track Program in Internal Medicine. It offers the best of both worlds by combining the educational expertise of a well-established urban academic program with a novel primary care training experience in rural Alaska. Following the 1-2 model common among rural training programs, the first year will be spent integrated with the University of Washington’s Internal Medicine Primary Care Track in Seattle, WA, while the second and third years will be based in Soldotna, AK. Residents will have an intensive rural outpatient experience in Soldotna and spend additional months doing rotations at other sites throughout Alaska. In contrast to more traditional IM programs, this program is focused on training residents to be exceptional rural primary care internists.