Award Recipients

MEDEX Northwest honors its students through awards at two different times each year.

The MEDEX program offers scholarship opportunities based on funds honoring members of the MEDEX family.  Winners are presented with the scholarship awards at the annual MEDEX reception at the WAPA conference held every January.  These scholarships are described here along with a list of recent awardees.

At graduation in August, graduating students across all sites are presented with awards voted on by the faculty.  These awards recognize commitment to the medically underserved, leadership potential, displaying the spirit of MEDEX and other qualities.  Awards and recipients from recent years are listed below.

Graduation Awards

The Spirit of MEDEX Award

This award recognizes students who have dedicated themselves to their goal of being a physician assistant, who have shown compassion and sensitivity to others and who have maintained their humor and perseverance in the face of adversity.  They have a positive attitude and are ambassadors for the program throughout their MEDEX training.

201320122011
Laura Katers, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Wendy Monteon, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Jillanna Allen, PA-S,
Seattle 43
Kathalene Cassels, PA-S,
Spokane 15
Maurice Adkins, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Andrew Becker, PA-S,
Spokane 13
Ann Coronado, PA-S,
Yakima 18
Kimberly Abella-Cree, PA-S,
Yakima 17
Robert Johansen, PA-S,
Yakima 16
Carlin Evanoff, PA-S,
Anchorage 3
Matthew Smith, PA-S,
Anchorage 2
Janelle DuPuis, PA-S,
Anchorage 1
Bryan Farthing, PA-S,
Anchorage 3

The John B. Coombs Leadership Award

Dr. Coombs was the Associate Dean for Regional Affairs and Rural Health in the School of Medicine, and had a long record of promoting the PA profession.  This award is presented to students who have become role models to their peers, have assumed some of the responsibilities of leadership during their training and have carried out those responsibilities with integrity, cooperation and understanding.

201320122011
Leah Yoke, PA-S,
Seattle 45
David Braun, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Douglas Dedo, PA-S,
Seattle 43
Dominick Valentine, PA-S,
Spokane 15
Christine Yennaco, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Taryn Richlie, PA-S,
Spokane 13
Merdad Meraban, PA-S,
Yakima 18
Kali Arthurs, PA-S,
Spokane 14
William Roberts, PA-S,
Yakima 16
Thomas DeBlauw, PA-S,
Anchorage 3
Ryan Dutton, PA-S,
Yakima 17
Bradley Newhart, PA-S,
Anchorage 1
Jeffrey Stubblefield, PA-S,
Anchorage 2

Underserved Service Awards

Students are recognized for exceptional achievement in the care of, improved access for or promotion of public awareness of the needs of the medically underserved.  The recipient will have demonstrated a strong dedication to ongoing service to underserved communities.

201320122011
Seattle:
The Richard Layton Award
James Noonan, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Pam Voltz , PA-S,
Seattle 45
Seattle:
The Richard Layton Award
Kimberlee Gold, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Seattle:
The Richard Layton Award
Khampho Ohno, PA-S,
Seattle 43
Yakima:
The Glenn Doornink Award
Raul Mendoza, PA-S,
Yakima 18
Yakima:
The Glenn Doornink Award
Francisco Cornidez, PA-S,
Yakima 17
Yakima:
The Glenn Doornink Award
Robert Kubiniec, PA-S,
Yakima 16
Spokane:
The Barbara Gunter-Flynn Award
Matthew Rendahl, PA-S
Spokane 15
Spokane:
The Barbara Gunter-Flynn Award
Christopher Mu, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Spokane:
The Barbara Gunter-Flynn Award
Zandra Melchor, PA-S,
Spokane 13
Anchorage:
The Anchorage Underserved Award
Patricia Cushman, PA-S,
Anchorage 3 
Anchorage:
The Anchorage Underserved Award
Anna Frisby, PA-S,
Anchorage 2
Anchorage:
The Anchorage Underserved Award
Katie Copps-Wilson, PA-S,
Anchorage 1

The Mary Reed Award

Mary Reed graduated from MEDEX in 1983. Her husband, Joe Reed, worked with the Washington Association of Physician Assistants to establish this memorial award that honors Mary’s commitment to academic excellence.  The award goes to the one MEDEX student who has achieved the highest GPA among all the training sites during the didactic year.

201320122011
Cora Fix, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Christine Yennaco, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Even Evanson, PA-S,
Anchorage 1

The Student Writing Award

This award is given to students who have combined creativity and unique approaches with exceptional writing skills in assigned papers.

201320122011
Tonda Anderson, PA-S,
Seattle 45
Melissa Witteveen, PA-S,
Seattle 44
Barbara Sand, PA-S,
Seattle 43
Margaret Waechter, PA-S,
Spokane 15
Paul Carbaugh, PA-S,
Spokane 14
Anna Minton, PA-S,
Spokane 13
Nathan Fite, PA-S,
Yakima 18
James Hebrlee, PA-S,
Yakima 17
Larry Vanty, PA-S,
Yakima 16
Cami Zobel, PA-S,
Anchorage 3
Nanette Fulp, PA-S,
Anchorage 2
Morwenna Unger, PA-S,
Anchorage 1

Capstone Awards

On the 19th and 21st of August 2013, MEDEX master’s degree students presented their capstone projects to their peers and the faculty at MEDEX Northwest.  MEDEX offers the master’s program at its Seattle and Spokane WA locations.  Spokane students led off on Monday the 19th, offering presentations of the projects they had been working on over the previous year.  The Seattle class followed on Wednesday the 21st, the day before graduation.  All the students had submitted a written paper in spring quarter.  The in-person presentations could be either an oral discussion or a poster session.  The presentation days were structured similar to an academic conference, and a sense of celebration permeated both days.\

For the first time this year, the faculty voted on awards for the projects and presentations that stood out in several categories.  Each award winner received a certificate in recognition of their outstanding work.

MEDEX Northwest 2013 Capstone Project Awards

Best Overall Project:
Leah Yoke
The Role of Physician Assistants in Infectious Disease
Seattle, Global Health Course

Best Oral Presentation Spokane:
Nicholas Pierre Lawyer
Non-Pharmacologic Management of Crohn’s Disease: A Review of Surgical, Secondary, and Emerging Treatments
Spokane, Academic Medicine and Specialty Practice Course

Best Poster Presentation Spokane:
Amber Smiley
Chagas Disease: A Practical Approach for Disease Awareness and the Need for More Rigorous Blood Donor Screening in the United States
Spokane, Global Health Course

Best Oral Presentation Seattle:
Srujana Karlapalem
Reducing Neonatal Mortality Among Urban Slum Communities in India: Key to Achieving Millenium Developmental Goal (MDG4)
Seattle, Global Health Course

Best Poster Presentation Seattle:

Claudia Holsen
The Efficacy of Early Detection and Prevention of Anal Cancer in HIV-Positive MSM
Seattle, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Course

Best Project Presentation for the Academic Medicine and Specialty Practice Course:
Laura Katers
The Not So Silent Epidemic: A Road Map for Physician Assistants in Behavioral Medicine
Seattle

Best Project Presentation for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Course:
Ryan Buchan
The Gamification of Exercise
Seattle

Best Project Presentation for the Global Health Course
James Noonan
Seattle Somali Adolescents and the Clinical Encounter
Seattle


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