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.
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.
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.
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.
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.