The SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital offers several 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, interest, and school requirements.
Students will be assigned to one preceptor but will also work with several other pharmacists in each of the different areas while advancing their knowledge and skill sets. Additional opportunities may be available depending on student interests and availability.
There is housing across the street from the hospital available for students to rent at approximately $20/night. If family or friends are traveling to visit during your time in Sitka, they will have to stay elsewhere. There are also rentals available in Sitka with better availability during the off- tourist season (October through April). There is a cafeteria in the hospital to purchase meals and the housing is equipped with a kitchen.
SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Pharmacy provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services for patients in Sitka as well as outlying villages and communities. The pharmacy staff includes a chief pharmacist, deputy chief pharmacist, seven staff pharmacists, and eight technicians. The staff coverage is spread over several different shifts and includes inpatient, outpatient, informatics, and telepharmacy. Several of our pharmacists are Commissioned Officers in the Public Health Service, assigned to Indian Health Services.
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 the 2014 calendar year, 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.