Author Archives: Dennis Raymond

Dennis Raymond is the Communications Manager for MEDEX Northwest in Seattle, Washington. He can be reached at

Degree Changes at MEDEX for the 2018/19 Application Cycle

In 2021, PA education will be undergoing a change nationally. At this time, all PA programs must grant master’s degrees at the completion of the program. With this shift coming in just a few years, MEDEX is taking steps to meet this change in the upcoming application cycles.

New MEDEX Veterans Video

Since 1969 MEDEX Northwest has been committed to medics and corpsmen transitioning from the military to become PAs in the…Read More

John Betz, PA-C, retires after 44 Years

In 1967, John Betz was a recruited by Dick Smith to train for a new category of mid-level practitioners at MEDEX. During his preceptorship phase, Betz was assigned to rural clinic in Othello, WA where he remained in practice for 44 years. This digital story captures Betz’s life and career in words, photos and video. Go to

The Liza Benson Endowed Fund for MEDEX

The Liza Benson Endowed Fund for MEDEX was established in loving memory of Elizabeth G. “Liza” Benson by her mother, sister and brother. This fund will support scholarships for aspiring physician assistants in perpetuity. Donate to the fund.

Ruth Ballweg Named Full Professor

In 2012 MEDEX Section Chief Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C, received the Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement, the most prestigious award in the physician assistant world. In 2013 the UW School of Medicine further recognized her achievements and promoted Ruth to full Professor.

New Book from the PA History Society

The Physician Assistant: An Illustrated History was recently published by the PA History Society. Ruth Ballweg, our own MEDEX Northwest Section Chief, is one of the four authors of this book.  This is a timeline handbook, punctuated with images and brief biographies of the major contributors and events central to the PA profession over the past half-century.

Honoring Dr. David Acosta

David Acosta, MD (left), former Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, received an “Honorary PA” certificate for his many years of dedicated support of the PA profession and the MEDEX program in particular. Terry Scott, Program Director for MEDEX Northwest, presented him with the certificate on June 16, 2013. Dr. Acosta recently accepted a position as Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion with the UC Davis Health System.

2013 Graduations at MEDEX

MEDEX Northwest is pleased to announce 108 new Physician Assistant graduates across four sites in 2013.

The Alaska MEDEX Class 3 graduation was held on Thursday, August 15 with an on-screen graduation speech by Senator Mark Begich, who also delivered the graduation speech for Alaska Class 1.

Both Seattle Class 45 and Yakima Class 18 graduate on Thursday August 22 in Seattle at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.