MEDEX Plans Expansion to Hawaii

In its ongoing mission of expanding access to healthcare and improving medical care for the underserved, the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program announces a potential opportunity to complete the Masters of Clinical Health Services degree in Hawaii.

Candidates for the MEDEX Northwest Hawaii campus in Kailua-Kona can apply beginning in July, 2019. Applicants to the Hawaii campus location will be required to satisfy the same stated prerequisites as all other MEDEX Northwest applicants.

While expansion to Hawaii is subject to approval by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), all Hawaii applicants will be asked to select a second campus location (Seattle, or Tacoma, WA). If the Hawaii expansion is not available for the 2020 entering cohort, those students will be admitted to their second campus preference. Hawaii applicants in the 2019/2020 application cycle should expect to interview in the State of Hawaii.

MEDEX will be looking specifically for 15-20 candidates with strong connections to Hawaii, particularly those native to the state. By focusing on long-term residents of the Hawaiian Islands, the program hopes to ensure that Hawaii is able to retain the best possible and most stable healthcare workforce.

Applicants who are interested in attending MEDEX Northwest in 2020, including the potential Hawaii campus location, are required to submit both a CASPA and a MEDEX Supplemental application on or before September 1st, 2019.

“For most people the first impressions of Hawaii are of a beautiful setting,” says MEDEX Program Director Terry Scott, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA. “It’s paradise, people go for a week, and have a great time. For those that look beyond the usual tourist activities, they see a real need for healthcare providers in the state. It’s a broad need that’s been well documented for many years by the state legislature. For those who understand this need, it is very clear why MEDEX should expand to the state. PAs are a part of the solution. The MEDEX Program is well-positioned to deliver this education. Another factor to consider is that Dr. Richard Smith, the founder of the MEDEX Program, established MEDEX International in the 1970’s with Hawaii as its base. He traveled throughout the Pacific Basin and the world, training local individuals to deliver basic health care. His impact was phenomenal. 50 years later, the MEDEX Program he founded can play a role in delivering much-needed care to the state he loved.” Dr. Misbah Keen, MD, MBI, MPH Executive Vice Chair of Family Medicine states that there is unparalleled enthusiasm for this project in the entire department and we all are looking at this as only the first step in our effort to help meet the healthcare workforce needs of the state of Hawaii.

Questions about the MEDEX Program in Hawaii can be directed to mxhawaii@uw.edu.

Operational since 1969, MEDEX Northwest was one of the founding organizations behind the contemporary physician assistant profession and is the largest civilian PA educator in the U.S. Over 2,600 have graduated from its four campus sites since Dr. Richard A. Smith founded the program on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

If you would like more information about MEDEX in Hawaii, please call Betty Stewart at (206) 473-2369 or email mxhawaii@uw.edu.

Individuals can contribute to the MEDEX Hawaii expansion project at the following website.