Ruth Ballweg Named Full Professor

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.

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New Book from the PA History Society

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.

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Honoring Dr. David Acosta

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.

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2013 Graduations at MEDEX

MEDEX Northwest is pleased to announce 108 new Physician Assistant graduates across four sites in 2013.
The Alaska MEDEX Class 3 graduation was held on Thursday, August 15 with an on-screen graduation speech by Senator Mark Begich, who also delivered the graduation speech for Alaska Class 1.
Both Seattle Class 45 and Yakima Class 18 graduate on Thursday August 22 in Seattle at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus.

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Interprofessional Simulation

On a Saturday in April MEDEX PA students from the Spokane campus participated in a interprofessional simulation exercise on the WSU campus. Following emergency scenarios the MEDEX students went should-to-shoulder with WSU nursing, pharmacy, nutrition and exercise physiology students. The purpose of this exercise was to group the students into interprofessional teams to see how they work together during a mock emergency.

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MEDEX Students Honored

First-year MEDEX Northwest physician assistant trainees Christopher Varady, Dustin Golding, Luke Lenehan and Ryan Frost were awarded certificates of recognition Jan 8, 2013 at the Yakima City Council meeting for their selfless courage.

While on a walk last October, they noticed smoke coming from a ground-level unit in their apartment complex. They called 911, pulled building fire alarms, went door to door to ensure everyone was evacuated, and employed fire extinguishers to attempt to control the fire before it spread.

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WAPA/MEDEX Reception
at the
Washington DC AAPA Annual Conference
Join us on Sunday, May 26th
at Zaytinya from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm 

701 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 638-0800

Mark your calendar and join us May 26, 2013 in our nation’s capitol at the AAPA annual meeting. We will have a reception from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at the Zaytinya restaurant. The Zaytinya is approximately one block from the Marriott Renaissance Hotel where the HOD sessions will be held. If you walk down 9th Street, you can’t miss it! Please swing by for some light appetizers and catch up with old acquaintances and classmates!

In Memoriam

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we inform you that MEDEX has lost a wonderful individual. Second-year student Elizabeth (Liza) Benson passed away January 27, 2013. An avid skier, she was caught in an avalanche, and hit a tree in Jackson Wyoming. Liza had returned to the area to complete her clinical training in Pinedale Wyoming when the accident occurred. Liza was admired for her adventurous spirit, sharp intellect, and compassion for others.

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Change to BCHS Prerequisites

Effective for those who are applying to the MEDEX bachelor’s degree classes starting in spring 2014 and beyond, there will now be three (3) required basic science courses in addition to the established Anatomy and Physiology course prerequisites. This change does not affect the applicants for the master’s degree. The clinical patient care prerequisites are unchanged.

BCHS Prerequisites

PA Week

On September 5, 2012, Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire proclaimed October 6 – 12 as PA week. We invite you to click on the thumbnail at right to read the entirety of Governor Gregoire’s proclamation about the valuable role Physician Assistants play in healthcare today.

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