Residents receive training not only in medical and osteopathic health care, but also in transcultural medicine
. They attend sessions about Russian, Hmong and other cultures, treating an incarcerated patient, wilderness survival and so-called integrative medicine topics, including acupuncture, reiki, chiropractic and yoga.
Residency students, preparing to work in family medicine in the outback of Alaska, need extra training in obstetrics, orthopedics, emergency medicine, neonatal intensive care, and transcultural medicine
. According to Johnston, physicians learn to understand other cultures in transcultural medicine
, they specifically learn how to communicate to people from rural villages on how the Alaska health care system works.