Meet some of the people of MEDEX Northwest – students and faculty, founders and visionaries – who have helped to forge the forward path for PAs and affect change in world of progressive and responsible healthcare delivery.


MEDEX Northwest’s Anchorage, Kona, Spokane, Seattle, and Tacoma Campuses Host Full Day of Training on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) On April 12, April 19, April 26, May 17, 2024, and May 21, 2024, community medical providers and students at the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest PA Program will [...]

“I Guess It All Worked Out”: An Interview with PA Pioneer Robert Woodruff, PA-C (MEDEX Seattle Class 1)

Robert Woodruff, PA-C, is a member of MEDEX Seattle Class 1 (1969), MEDEX Northwest’s first graduating class, and has remained a good friend and supporter of MEDEX Northwest in the 55 years since. Like virtually all of his Class 1 classmates, Bob served in the Vietnam war. He was an [...]

Healer’s Art: Building Relationships in Medicine

The Healer’s Art program has connected minds and experiences within the medical profession for decades and strengthened personal commitment toward the work therein. First started in 1991, the course was developed by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. According to Dr. Remen, it offers “a safe learning environment for a personal in-depth exploration [...]

It Doesn’t Have to Define You: An Interview with Sarah Serpinas, MS, PA-C

Sarah Serpinas, MS, PA-C, is a Lecturer on the Didactic Faculty of the MEDEX Spokane campus. A graduate of MEDEX Spokane Class 12 (2010), Sarah joined the MEDEX Spokane faculty in 2014. In addition to her teaching duties, she is a provider at the Kaiser Permanente Riverfront Medical Center in [...]

Veterans Day 2023: The Journey

Since 1969 and the graduation of Seattle Class 1 – a group of 12 comprised entirely of military veterans – MEDEX Northwest has sought out military veterans to join our ranks, and today is no exception. In recognition of 2023 Veterans Day, we invited current MEDEX students with military backgrounds [...]

Pomai Murakami (MEDEX Kona Class 4) Receives Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

MEDEX Kona Class 4 (2025) student Pomai Murakami was recently named a recipient of the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship. We asked Pomai to reflect on how she came to learn about the scholarship, what it means to her to receive it, and what it will help her to achieve. Here [...]

MEDEX Kona Class 4 Student Angel Adams Accepted Into Social Mission Alliance Health Justice Council and Health Justice Student Assembly

  MEDEX is pleased to share the news that Angel Adams, a student in MEDEX Kona Class 4 (class of 2025) has been accepted into the Social Mission Alliance (SMA) Health Justice Council (HJC) and Health Justice Student Assembly (HJSA) for the 2023-2024 academic year. From SMA: “The HJC is [...]

Family, Sacrifice, Hope, Language and the Power of Community: Collected Voices from MEDEX Northwest (2023 National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month)

To mark the close of 2023 National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we’ve gathered the four pieces that were written by MEDEX Northwest faculty, staff and students and posted weekly on MEDEX Facebook over the course of the month. We sought out these first-person narratives as a way to [...]

Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic: MEDEX Northwest and MOUD Trainings

“When we’re actually prescribing treatments where people live, where they’re in their support group, it makes the difference between being able to complete treatment and live, or not complete treatment and die,” Tacoma City Councilmember Catherine Ushka said, looking out at the MEDEX Tacoma students in the midst of completing [...]

The Maui Fires: Portrait of a Community Response

Until news of the catastrophic wildfires raging in Maui on the evening of Tuesday, August 8 began to make its way across the state and nation, things at the MEDEX Kona campus were pretty much buzzing along as planned. Members of Kona Class 4 (KC4), the newest cohort of MEDEX [...]