During their first year at MEDEX—the didactic year—students spend the majority time in the classroom at the UW Health Sciences Building. The rigorous full-time coursework teaches the art of medicine such that students vastly increase their knowledge from their prior careers in healthcare. Outside the classroom, students are able to apply these new skills with retirement home volunteers, care for standardized patients, interview complex patients, and gain exposure to various medical procedures. The year includes two weeks of observation experiences with practicing PAs and MDs, reinforcing the classroom work and preparing students for the clinical year ahead.
What follows are some first-hand stories and videos about experiences in and outside the MEDEX classroom during the didactic year.