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.

2018 2017 2016
Tenesha McFadden,
Seattle 50
Loann Tang,
Seattle 49
Ismail Jatta,
Seattle 48
Noah Chutz,
Spokane 20
Joseph Epperson,
Spokane 19
Staci DuMerton,
Spokane 18
Brianne Noel,
Tacoma 4
Alfred Noriega,
Tacoma 3
Ryan Cearly,
Tacoma 2
Benjamin Johnson,
Anchorage 8
Brian Pierce,
Anchorage 7
Ila Champine,
Anchorage 6
Pam Tittle
Anchorage 6

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.

2018 2017 2016
Douglas Stroop,
Seattle 50
Gwen Jackson,
Seattle 49
Ariel Turner,
Seattle 48
Cody Solders,
Spokane 20
Naomi Taylor,
Spokane 19
Tucker Larsen,
Spokane 18
John Bradburn,
Tacoma 4
Jason Shepherd,
Tacoma 3
Amber Dahnke,
Tacoma 2
Dayna Daku,
Anchorage 8
Kathryn Albert,
Anchorage 7
Jeremy Rosiecki,
Anchorage 6

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.

Richard Layton Award

2018 2017 2016
Christopher Pitre,
Seattle 50
Stephanie Mack Harmon,
Seattle 49
Simon Mendoza,
Seattle 48

Barbara Gunter-Flynn Award

2018 2017 2016
Michaela Whitmore,
Spokane 20
Sara Steffen,
Spokane 19
Kelly Herbst,
Spokane 18

Ellen Harder Award

2018 2017 2016
Olivia LeAnn Price,
Tacoma 4
David M. Johnson,
Tacoma 3
Richard Massey,
Tacoma 2

Alaska Underserved Service Award

2018 2017 2016
Pearl Churchill,
Anchorage 8
Angela Britt,
Anchorage 7
Richard Eaton,
Anchorage 6
Lara VanHoozer,
Anchorage 6

Steven Turnipseed, PA-C Veterans Award

The Steven Turnipseed, PA-C Veterans Award goes to a MEDEX graduate for service to country, class and community. Steve was the sole African-American among the first members of MEDEX Class 1 in 1969. Like all his classmates, Steve came to MEDEX as a veteran of the miliary, specifically, 10 years in the US Army with the 1st Special Forces Group in counter-intelligence and psychological warfare in Northeast Thailand along the Cambodian and Laotian borders. He was recruited by Dr. Richard A. Smith for the inaugural PA program at MEDEX. Smith once described Turnipseed as “one of the most wonderful human beings I know. He has incredible skills, both people skills and medical skills.” Fluent in both German and Spanish, despite the fact he didn’t have a high school education, Steve later got his GED and received his bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Public Health. During the preceptorship phase of his MEDEX education, Steve was placed in an urban Seattle hospital setting—Group Health Central on Capitol Hill. He worked there for a number of years, ran an outpatient clinic and developed a highly successful addiction treatment services program.

2018 2017 2016
Brendan Finn,
Seattle 50
Ryan Kraeger,
Seattle 50
Michael Grennan,
Seattle 49
Janina Tandoc,
Seattle 48
Lillooet Bryner,
Tacoma 4
Glenn Sons, Jr.,
Tacoma 4
Kellen Gumm,
Spokane 19
Brandon Ware,
Tacoma 2
Ashley Boge,
Anchorage 8
Sung Don Lee,
Tacoma 3

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.

2018 2017 2016
Paul Hughes,
Seattle 50
Alison Krueger,
Seattle 49
Calvin Schenk,
Spokane 19

The Student Writing Award

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

2018 2017 2016
Matthew McGady,
Seattle 50
Sarah Heniges,
Seattle 49
Joshua Lumsden,
Seattle 48
Emily Ann Looze,
Spokane 20
Casey Deal,
Spokane 19
Stephen Shepro,
Spokane 18
Jaynesha Williams,
Tacoma 4
Jennifer Moore,
Tacoma 3
Robert Rodgers,
Tacoma 2
Sara Langford,
Anchorage 8
Tara Wood,
Anchorage 7
David Arthur,
Anchorage 6

Capstone Awards

MEDEX master’s degree students at the Seattle and Spokane sites present their capstone projects to their peers and the faculty at MEDEX Northwest a few days before graduation. The students spend the prior year researching and preparing to present their project: all the students submit a written paper in spring quarter and the in-person presentations can be either an oral discussion or a poster session. The presentation days are structured similar to an academic conference and a sense of celebration and accomplishment is present.

The faculty vote on awards for the projects and presentations that stood out in several categories.  Each award winner receives a certificate in recognition of their outstanding work.

MEDEX Northwest 2018 Capstone Project Awards

Best Overall Capstone Project
Matthew McGady, Seattle 50

Best Oral Presentation – Spokane
Emily Looze, Spokane 20

Best Oral Presentation – Seattle
Christopher Pitre, Seattle 50

Best Poster Presentation – Spokane
Noah Chutz, Spokane 20

Best Poster Presentation – Seattle
Terry DuBravac, Seattle 50

Best Global Health Project
Andrea Smith, Seattle 50

Best Academic & Specialty Project
Paul Hughes, Seattle 50

Best Public Health & Preventive Medicine Project
Sarah McDougal, Seattle 50

Best Rural & Underserved Project
Julianne Krause, Seattle 50