Mission, Vision, and Values


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.


MEDEX Northwest continues its core mission to educate highly capable physician assistants who serve the community with uncompromising commitment and compassion. MEDEX students, graduates, faculty and staff are committed to providing access to care in local and regional communities.

MEDEX is a comprehensive program that provides students with the foundational knowledge required to support strong clinical skills. With outstanding education, clinical competency, and leadership skills, MEDEX graduates continue to be in demand in the Northwest.

Graduates maintain strong connections to MEDEX Northwest by participating in outreach, admissions, and teaching activities; alumni involvement supports the continued success of the program. Graduates significantly impact the PA profession as leaders engaged in the creation of local and national health care policy.

The MEDEX community will engage in high-level research and scholarly activity. Research and scholarly work produced by MEDEX contributes to improvements in PA education, public health, healthcare policy and patient care.


MEDEX Northwest is an organization that exemplifies professional excellence and embodies the values of respect, openness, collaboration, integrity, and trust. Together we work in service to our students, our community, and the program.