Erik Pihl. (Photo courtesy WWAMI)

Ketchikan High School graduate Erik Pihl is among 20 medical students moving into the clinical phase of studies through a special University of Alaska Anchorage partner program.

Pihl and the other students are attending the University of Washington School of Medicine at UAA. The program is part of a broader partnership between the University of Washington and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

According to an announcement from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Pihl double majored in math and biochemistry at Gonzaga University in Spokane before entering the program. He’s now a second-year med student.

Pihl and his classmates have completed the classroom studies phase, and will start practical and clinical studies in hospitals and clinics within the program’s region.