Application Cycle

The 2014/2015 application cycle is now open! Both the CASPA application and MEDEX supplemental application are available and links to both can be found on the apply to  MEDEX page. The deadline for application is October 1st – both applications must be complete at submitted on or before the deadline.

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MEDEX Tacoma Campus Now Open

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.

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The Liza Benson Endowed Fund for MEDEX

The Liza Benson Endowed Fund for MEDEX was established in loving memory of Elizabeth G. “Liza” Benson by her mother, sister and brother. This fund will support scholarships for aspiring physician assistants in perpetuity. Donate to the fund.

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A Message From Ruth Ballweg

Greetings—This is an informal announcement to let you know about some upcoming changes in my career/life. After 29 years as the leader of the MEDEX Program, I’ve decided to “step down” as of May 1, 2014. As you can imagine, this is a huge, “difficult”, but also “positive” decision…

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MEDEX 2014 WAPA Reception

MEDEX 2014 Scholarship Awards Reception on April 26 - Part of the WAPA Spring Conference
The annual MEDEX/WAPA Alumni Awards and Student Scholarship reception will be held on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in rooms Evergreen 1 & 2 at the SeaTac Doubletree Inn.  The reception will start with light refreshments and a cash bar, with the awards ceremony to follow.  All MEDEX Northwest alumni and WAPA conference attendees are welcome to attend.

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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.

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MEDEX Seattle Opens New Classroom

On January 6th, the current MEDEX Seattle didactic students returned from winter break to a new classroom, effectively doubling the size of the previous space.

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PAs and the ACA

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.

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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.

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Students Awarded Tillman Scholarships

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.

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