Medical Students and Residents


Gila River Health Care offers student rotations in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Nursing at our Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital and Komatke Health Center facilities.

Getting Started for Medical Students

The Medical Staff Services department will arrange suitable clinical rotations for medical students in their requested discipline. Medical students will be required to provide a student profile including a request for clinical rotation, will be properly authorized, and oriented to assigned departments. The Medical Staff Services will ensure each candidate meets the requirements for student placement. Medical students requesting clinical rotations must attend an academic institution who has current affiliation agreement with Gila River Health Care.

Clinical rotations are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless prior arrangements have been made and is approved by the preceptor as well as the students institution or university. Continuing Medical Education (CME) lectures and lunch and learns are provided to the medical staff on a monthly basis. Students are encouraged to participate in various health-focused clinical meetings and activities.

To apply for student rotation, please complete the request form.

Request for clinical rotation

Upon completion, email form to or fax to (602) 528-1296.

Medical students are encouraged to complete their clinical or elective experience with Gila River Health Care.  Our vision is to be the premier Native American health care delivery system empowered to serve the lifelong needs of our people.

With our commitment to provide high quality health care and improve the health of the Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities, we are proud of the successes medical students have had during their time here and after.  Students will develop culturally appropriate, disease-specific treatment plans that properly address the medical problems of the Native American community while respecting the context of their belief system and traditional practices.

Students applying must complete an application and submit the following information: a letter of good standing from the medical school, proof of liability insurance coverage, and proof of immunization.  To complete an application form, click on the link below.  We welcome you to a memorable educational experience at one of the most important experiences in medical training.

For more information contact:

Medical Staff Relations
483 W. Seed Farm Road
Sacaton, AZ 85147
Phone: (602) 528-1200 ext 1193
Fax: (602) 528-1296

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