October 2, 2017

Dentistry and MEDEX physician-assistant students work in concert for uninsured people

Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, a fourth-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and recent graduate of the School of Public Health, is one of five U.S.

Two years ago, the UW's program for training physician-assistants, MEDEX, started a free clinic for the homeless in Tacoma, Washington. One Sunday a month, a group of student volunteers gives foot care to anyone who shows up.

[2:15 p.m. Oct. 29: Updated number of dental patients to 3,400.]

Joel Berg, dean of the UW School of Dentistry, stood in the middle of the Key Arena floor wearing scrubs and a wry grin. 

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Thousands of uninsured and underserved people in Seattle and King County are expected to attend a four-day free clinic at Key Arena next month.

On a sunny summer day, a group of strangers gathered on Harborview Medical Center’s west side. They ignored the drone of Interstate 5 below and even the glorious panorama of downtown and beyond.

For Nancy Coleman, a favorite part of being an artist is experimenting with techniques, such as encaustic (beeswax) painting, using a scanner as a camera, and printing on aluminum panels.

When Sherwin Shinn of Gig Harbor, Wash., traveled to Uganda a few years ago, he didn’t go for the sightseeing.

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