Pharmacy Student Externships

About Externships

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.

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 period during the year, but being flexible with the time requested can help secure a position. Students may contact the Student Program Coordinator at any time, however requests for externships should also be arranged in conjunction with the schools externship or experiential education coordinator
  • 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 clerkships available at any one time. An attempt to stagger rotations and to accommodate all requests is made but being flexible in availability will increase an applicant’s chances for acceptance. Additionally, we try to make sure no two students are scheduled from the same school at any one time.

Housing and meals

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.

Program Background Information

Get to know our hospital pharmacy

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.

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