Clinical Experience

From Corpsman to Private Sector PA

Five years as a Navy corpsman at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center afforded Mercedes Somich cutting edge medical training that would be the envy of any residency. But with considerations of balancing future deployments and the needs of a young family, she decided to pursue the private sector PA profession, with MEDEX Northwest as her only choice.

February 20, 2018
Clinical Experience

You Have To Do Something Extraordinary

A native of Russia, Olga Pavlova-Rios went through six years of medical education at a prestigious medical academy in St. Petersburg before moving to the US for love. This meant starting over in a new country, with the MEDEX Northwest physician assistant training program as the entry point for an equivalent career.

January 30, 2018
MEDEX Stories

Tent City 3 at the University of Washington: Learning from Lived Experience

Near the end of 2016, UW President Ana Mari Cauce welcomed the residents of the Tent City 3 encampment to a UW campus site for a 3-month period. One year later, Lois Thetford, PA-C examines our campus community’s collective response to this event, and engagement with our homeless neighbors.

January 3, 2018
Clinical Experience

Primary Care Catches Everything

In order to acquire his requisite patient contact hours for PA school, Joe Kreilkamp, PA-C got a crash course in behavioral medicine at Eastern State Hospital. This exposure to the psychiatrically ill taught him patience and understanding, and gave him the ability to recognize the mental health needs of primary care patients during his clinical year at MEDEX Northwest.

December 18, 2017