Pharmacy Student Externships

About Externships

The SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital offers several 12-week externships each year for pharmacy students. The areas of focus of the externships are inpatient, ambulatory and clinical pharmacy. These are usually divided up into two-week rotations but are flexible, depending on your past experience and interest.

A staff pharmacist serves as preceptor for each student. At least 20% of the externship time is spent in one-on-one instruction offered by our professional staff.

What you need to know to apply

  • Externships are usually scheduled at least six months in advance. Fall is a good time to apply for the following school year (beginning in the summer).
  • Externships can be for any twelve-week period during the year, but being flexible with the time requested can help you secure a position. If you really want to get a taste of Alaska living, or you're late in applying, you may want to consider the time around Christmas (November through January).
  • Requests for positions made by a school's externship coordinator have a higher priority. We will be requesting, and will rely heavily on, the recommendation of externship coordinators.
  • There are no more than two twelve-week clerkships available at any one time. An attempt to stagger rotations is made, and we try to make sure no two students are from the same school at any one time.

Housing and meals

There is housing across the street from the hospital available for students only to rent at about $19.53/night. See student housing section for description. If family or friends are traveling to visit during your time in Sitka, they will have to stay elsewhere. There is also rentals available in Sitka as an option, better availability during the off tourist season (October through April). There is a cafeteria in the hospital to purchase meals or the housing is equipped with a kitchen.

Program Background Information

Get to know our hospital pharmacy

SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Pharmacy provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services from its 1,300 square foot facility in the hospital. The pharmacy staff includes a chief pharmacist, deputy chief pharmacist, seven staff pharmacists, and four technicians. The staff coverage is spread over several different shifts. Several of our pharmacists are Commissioned Officers in the Public Health Service, assigned to Indian Health Services.

We're open 7am-7pm every day. Student externs generally work weekdays from 8am to 5pm. Outpatient service hours are more limited. An on-call pharmacist is available via cell phone/pager during hours the pharmacy is closed.

We provide inpatient and outpatient services based on the Pharmaceutical Care Model. Drug information resources include extensive computerized databases such as MicroMedex, UpToDate and electronic access to Medline and recent editions of major pharmaceutical references.

For calendar year 2014, the pharmacy filled approximately 62,000 outpatient prescriptions, delivered 22,000 unit dose medications to inpatients, had approximately 700 visits in the pharmacy run anti-coagulation clinic, and documented over 1450 interventions.

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