Features

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.

Diversity, Community and the Newest MEDEX Northwest Cohort

It’s always good to welcome a new cohort of students to MEDEX Northwest, and the gathering at this year’s New Student Orientation Week was no exception.  A total of 1,339 candidates submitted applications for acceptance to MEDEX in the 2022-2023 application cycle. Of these candidates, 300 were selected to interview [...]

I Want My Classroom To Have Everyone In It: A Conversation with Brendan Riordan, MS, PA-C

Brendan Riordan, MS, PA-C is an Assistant Teaching Professor on the faculty of MEDEX Spokane. He joined his MEDEX Spokane colleagues in January 2021 and he hasn’t looked back. A second-generation PA, Brendan’s path to teaching includes stops working in pre-hospital and transport medicine in New York City, graduating from [...]

Bring Your Whole Self In: An Interview with Amee Naidu, MMS, PA-C

It was tricky to find the time to sit down and chat with Amee Naidu, particularly given that she is a person who prefers to get up and go. She has been a faculty member at MEDEX Northwest’s Seattle campus since 2007. Building on her background in internal medicine, geriatrics, [...]

Remembering Ruth Ballweg, MPH, PA-C Emeritus (1944-2022)

MEDEX Northwest is remembering our colleague and former longtime leader of the MEDEX program, Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C Emeritus, who passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022. We are comforted to hear from Ruth’s family that “her last hours were painless and peaceful, managed by a brilliant team of hospice [...]

A Life of Service

In recognition of Veterans Day, we reached out to our current military students to share stories of their journeys in the military, and from serving in the military to serving as PAs. These are the ones they shared.

Volunteerism at MEDEX Northwest

For a good number of MEDEX Northwest students, volunteerism proved to be the best way to acknowledge PA Week 2022 (October 6-12) and to celebrate the profession they are focused on joining. Here are some photos and reports on their efforts to make a difference in their communities. 

Hispanic/Latinx Voices at MEDEX Northwest

In observation of 2022 National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we posted four first-person narratives on MEDEX Northwest Facebook. These posts were intended to highlight the voices and experiences among Hispanic, AfroLatino/a/x and Latin American students, faculty and staff at MEDEX Northwest. Now they strike us as worthy of [...]

The MEDEX Northwest 2022 Graduation Season

August marks graduation season at MEDEX Northwest. This year’s gatherings were the first to be held in-person since 2019, bringing an added flavor of relief as students, faculty and families came together in common spaces to honor and celebrate the graduates. We also added a fifth ceremony to our usual [...]

“That’s where I grew up and that’s where I see the need.” New Students, Diversity, and the MEDEX Mission

Following two years of online New Student Orientation sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions, MEDEX faculty and staff were happy to welcome in-person a new cohort of 159 students from across all five MEDEX campuses to the University of Washington’s Seattle campus on a recent summery day.  Tove Blake, Director of [...]

All In This Together: A Faculty Profile of Dr. Amanda Kost, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest

Dr. Amanda Kost is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, where she teaches, conducts medical education research, and cares for patients. In June 2021, Dr. Kost added to these and her many other professional demands the position of [...]