April 22nd and 23rd. Sponsored by PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association), the Physician Assistants Virtual Fair allows those interested in learning more about the PA profession to connect real-time with 20 PA programs, including MEDEX Northwest. You’ll be able to live chat with the MEDEX Admissions Team from anywhere, and learn more about MEDEX, the admission process, and the PA profession.
Long-time MEDEX leader, Ruth Ballweg, and Dr. Tom Norris, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, have announced that Ruth will step down from her leadership position on May 1, 2014. A graduate of MEDEX Class 11, Ruth joined the MEDEX faculty in 1981, became Program Director in 1985, and moved into the role of Section Chief for MEDEX in 2011. She was promoted to the rank of Professor in the School of Medicine in July 2013.
The MEDEX application is now closed for the 2013/2014 cycle! All CASPA and MEDEX supplemental applications submitted before the deadline will be reviewed and all applicants will be provided application status by email.
For all applicants planning to apply in 2014/2015 the application cycle opens in May with a final deadline of October 1st for enrollment the following year.
MEDEX Northwest is proud to have opened its newest site—for 28 students—on the campus of the University of Washington, Tacoma. Our opening ceremony on September 16th honored the entering students, but also the leaders throughout the community who have helped to make this happen.
New MEDEX “Engagement” Video
What does it take to become a physician assistant? Apart from the basic clinical skills of medicine, one must cultivate trusting relationships with the patients. During their first year at MEDEX Northwest, PA students learn the necessary clinical skills in the classroom setting— taking a medical history, and conducting medical examinations. Then they apply this learning to their first patients: elderly, high-functioning residents at local retirement homes.
A recently published article in Academic Medicine examines the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act on large medical education programs, including the University of Washington. Entire sections address the critical importance of physician assistants in implementation of the ACA.
The Interactive Classroom
“The Interactive Classroom” details the thought, care, and planning that goes into designing the didactic year classroom experience for MEDEX students. Four faculty discuss the move from a purely lecture-based curriculum to physician assistant instruction that engages on multiple levels— kinetically, experientially, and as a team. Members of Seattle Class 46 are featured.
Two current MEDEX students, DJ Smith of Seattle Class 46 and Dustin Golding of Yakima Class 19, have been awarded the prestigious Tillman Military Scholarship. Of 1,800 total applicants, only 60 were selected based on their service already rendered and their desire to continue that service. MEDEX Northwest congratulates DJ and Dustin for this recognition.