Increasing Access to Health Care
The MEDEX mission focuses on expanding access to healthcare for the medically underserved and in rural and remote settings throughout the five-state northwest service region. MEDEX is designed as a second-career program, enrolling students with prior clinical experience, which is the first step on the way toward becoming a highly skilled PA.
The MEDEX classroom (didactic) curriculum has grown and developed throughout the program’s history (since 1969), with the consistent mission of training generalists who will most flexibly increase access to healthcare. The competency-based design integrates and reinforces material across courses in an organ system approach.
The MEDEX clinical year builds on the program mission. The core experience is a 4-month primary care continuity experience called the preceptorship. Additional 4-week clinical experiences include emergency medicine, general surgery, inpatient internal medicine, behavioral medicine, a medically underserved rotation and one elective. All of these rotations develop and reinforce a generalist skill set for those who are planning careers in primary care.
The primary care preceptorship emphasizes the relationship between the supervising physician and the PA student, and also includes a full-day site visit and evaluation by a MEDEX faculty member. Preceptorships are also utilized as a recruitment strategy for primary care clinics, who often choose to employ PA students who trained there.
The newest application cycle is now open! The CASPA application site opened on April 15, and the MEDEX Supplemental Application will be available May 15. The deadline for application is October 1.
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Change to BCHS Prerequisites
Effective for those who are applying to the MEDEX bachelor’s degree classes starting in spring 2014 and beyond, there will now be three (3) required basic science courses in addition to the established Anatomy and Physiology course prerequisites. This change does not affect the applicants for the master’s degree. The clinical patient care prerequisites are unchanged.
MEDEX Tacoma Campus
MEDEX Northwest, the UW School of Medicine’s physician assistant program, has received $887,301 in federal funding to support a portion of start-up funds for expansion to the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The new site opens in 2013.
On a Saturday in April MEDEX PA students from the Spokane campus participated in a inter-professional simulation exercise on the WSU campus. Following emergency scenarios the MEDEX students went should-to-shoulder with WSU nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise physiology students. The purpose of this exercise was to group the students into inter-professional teams to see how they work together during a mock emergency.
at the Washington DC AAPA Annual Conference
Join us on Sunday, May 26th
at Zaytinya from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
701 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 638-0800
Mark your calendar and join us May 26, 2013 in our nation’s capitol at the AAPA annual meeting. We will have a reception from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at the Zaytinya restaurant. The Zaytinya is approximately one block from the Marriott Renaissance Hotel where the HOD sessions will be held. If you walk down 9th Street, you can’t miss it! Please swing by for some light appetizers and catch up with old acquaintances and classmates!
MEDEX Students Honored
First-year MEDEX Northwest physician assistant trainees Christopher Varady, Dustin Golding, Luke Lenehan and Ryan Frost were awarded certificates of recognition Jan 8, 2013 at the Yakima City Council meeting for their selfless courage.
While on a walk last October, they noticed smoke coming from a ground-level unit in their apartment complex. They called 911, pulled building fire alarms, went door to door to ensure everyone was evacuated, and employed fire extinguishers to attempt to control the fire before it spread.