Professor's dedication helps make physician assistant program one of the best

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Raising the bar

In her 20 years at Quinnipiac, Professor Cindy Rossi has never stopped looking for ways to improve her teaching or the PA program.

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graduate of the Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program, Professor Cindy Rossi loved every aspect of being a PA in family medicine, but had always had the desire to teach. When an opportunity to join the faculty of a relatively new PA program at Quinnipiac materialized in 1998, she jumped at it.

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“I could see then that Quinnipiac was establishing itself as a leader in education and I was excited to be a part of that process,” she said.

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In 20 years as a professor and Director of Clinical Education, Rossi has more than helped solidify the PA program as one of the best in the nation. She has overseen all components of the clinical curriculum, coordinates the second year clinical rotations, and has been responsible for securing many important partnerships at both the state and national levels. 

For her impact, Rossi was honored with the program’s Didactic Instruction Award. She has also received the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Clinical Education Award, and is recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Rossi is always looking for ways to improve her instruction. She pours over feedback from students and preceptors, and reviews curriculums after each semester in order to keep the program at the forefront of changes in health care today. 

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“I always tell applicants that if they want to be educated at a program where the bar is always kept high and students are continuously pushed to excel, then this is the one for them,” Rossi said.