MEDEX Northwest, established in 1969, is proud of its long-standing mission to train healthcare providers who will practice primary care in medically underserved and rural areas of the UW School of Medicine’s service region. MEDEX also has a formal agreement to train students from Nevada. Most of our 2,100-plus graduates work in the WWAMI region. Please see the WWAMI Program web site for more information on this regional program.
MEDEX offers a competency-based program that accepts applicants with previous healthcare experience, such as nurses (at any level), EMTs, Alaska community health aides, medical assistants, athletic trainers, former military corpsmen, etc. Four classroom sites serve students from a wide geographic range, and clinical education takes place throughout the WWAMI region and beyond. The very diverse MEDEX students fulfill the program’s mission to improve access to primary health care as well as developing new professional roles for PAs.
MEDEX Northwest operates as a section under the Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine. Our faculty and staff bring considerable experience to the MEDEX program. The core faculty includes PAs with between 2 and 35-plus years of experience, physicians and research faculty. The cross-site staff includes individuals with extensive involvement in and familiarity with the field of PA education and student assistance.