Richard A. Smith, MD, MPH:
1932 – 2017

Long recognized as a founding father of the PA profession, Dr. Richard A. Smith achieved numerous milestones in his 84 years. He served as a Peace Corps Medical Director, a Civil Rights leader assigned to desegregate US hospitals, and a Global Health innovator. Today over 100,000 US physician assistants follow in his model to “multiply my hands”.

MEDEX Founder Dr. Richard Smith: Multiply My Hands

In his lifetime, Dr. Richard Smith has made significant contributions to US healthcare. Most notable were his efforts to desegregate thousands of US hospitals during the Lyndon Johnson administration, and the founding of the MEDEX Northwest physician assistant training program at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1969. In this 2-part story, we look back on Smith’s inspirational career and achievements.

UW MEDEX Founder Dr. Richard A. Smith Honored by President Obama

On January 1st, 2017, President Barack Obama honored Richard A. Smith, MD, a founding father of the Physician Assistant profession, for his many contributions in the areas of PA education, racial desegregation and global health. Dr. Smith has devoted his lifetime to the cause of improving access to basic healthcare in urban, rural and underserved communities across the United States and around the world.

Degree Options are Changing at MEDEX

The MEDEX Tacoma site, which has been offering the bachelor’s degree program since it opened in 2013, will join the Anchorage campus as a hybrid site in the upcoming 2017-2018 application cycle. This means that qualifying applicants for the master’s degree option will now have the ability to train in Tacoma.

MEDEX Course 580 Now Open: Homelessness in Seattle

Starting on January 5th MEDEX will sponsor a 10-week interprofessional  course for UW students in the Health Sciences. Others may participate remotely as all lectures will be live streamed via the MEDEX YouTube Channel. To register and for more details, visit the course website.