Elizabeth McMurtry


Elizabeth McMurtry

Elizabeth McMurtry DO, FACEP

Asst. Dean for Clinical Ed. and Faculty Development
COM-Admin, COM-Faculty, COM-Clinical Education
(509) 527-8264

Dr. Elizabeth McMurtry serves as Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and Faculty Development for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and is an emergency physician for Kadlec Regional Medical Center. She previously served as emergency physician and clinical educator for emergency departments in Arizona, Nevada and Washington.

Dr. McMurtry is a 2002 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her training in emergency medicine at Scott and White Memorial Hospital – Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center in 2005. Dr. McMurtry has researched and published about emergency medicine and pediatrics and has delivered many lectures and presentations on her areas of expertise in medicine and medical education. Her current role as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Faculty Development for PNWU allows her to further the community-based model of education and assist community clinicians in becoming more efficient educators, specifically including developing the Master Preceptor Fellowship supported by a $1.95 million HRSA grant awarded to PNWU in 2018.

In 2016, Dr. McMurtry was honored with the Physician of the Year Mission Achievement Award, a peer-selected award bestowed by the medical staff at Walla Walla General Hospital in honor of service and commitment to excellence. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a member of the American Medical Writers Association and a member of the Walla Walla Valley Medical Society. Dr. McMurtry has been actively involved in item writing for COMLEX-USA and COMAT exams since 2016 and was elected to the NBOME Board at the 2018 December Annual Board Meeting.

Dr. McMurtry’s additional interests include playing classical piano and injury prevention for keyboardists, and she completed Salem College’s Certificate for Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique in 2018. She and her husband, who is also an emergency physician, also enjoy whitewater rafting and camping in their RV in their spare time.