Welcome to the MEDEX/Physician Assistant Program
MEDEX offers a competency-based physician assistant education program that accepts applicants with previous healthcare experience, such as nurses, EMTs, community health aides, medical assistants, athletic trainers, former military corpsmen, etc.
MEDEX currently operates five classroom sites (Anchorage, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Kona, Hawaii) as a strategy to better serve potential students throughout the five-state northwest service region, and ultimately, to best serve the patients in our communities. Clinical-phase training takes place throughout the service region. 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 at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The MEDEX Anchorage site opened in 2009. First-year classes are held in the Health Sciences Building at the University of Alaska Anchorage, which is home to a range of health sciences programs including MEDEX, the WWAMI Medical School, and the School of Nursing.
Up to 24 students may be admitted to the Anchorage training site of the MEDEX program annually, in accordance with the joint selection process established in the collaborative agreement between UAA and UW.
MEDEX Northwest is a regional program that educates physician assistants in a proven tradition of excellence.
MEDEX Northwest, the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program, is committed to educating experienced health personnel from diverse backgrounds to practice medicine with physician supervision. The program provides a broad, competency-based curriculum that focuses on primary care with an emphasis on underserved populations. MEDEX encourages life-long learning to meet ever-changing healthcare needs. As a pioneer in PA education, MEDEX continues to be innovative in identifying, creating, and filling new niches for PAs as a strategy for expanding healthcare access.