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Alexandria Garino, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director, Yale School of Medicine

Contact Information

Alexandria Garino, PhD, PA-C

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Physician Associate (PA) Program

    PO Box 208083, 100 Church Street South

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8083

    United States



Alexandria (Xandi) Garino joined the Yale Physician Associate Program in 2006 and serves as the program’s director.  Committed to the education of competent and compassionate PA leaders, Xandi leads program innovation, curriculum development, student assessment, and program evaluation. She has 20+ years of administrative and faculty experience in higher education and has served as a national leader for faculty development workshops designed to transition clinicians into new roles as educators.  She teaches various topics in medicine, clinical skills, behavioral and preventive medicine, and motivational interviewing.  Xandi’s clinical expertise is in oncology and she worked clinically at the Yale Cancer Center on the malignant hematology service for 10 years.  She graduated from Catholic Medical Center’s PA Program in 1999 and earned a MS in biostatistics and clinical research design at Columbia University’s School of Public Health.  She earned her PhD in Learning Science at Fordham University.  Leveraging the theories of self-regulated learning and motivation, she strives to understand accurate self-assessment, errors made in judgment, and the attitudinal, motivational, and situational factors that influence those judgments.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Fordham University, Graduate School of Education (2018)
  • MS
    Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2004)
  • PA
    Catholic Medical Center (1999)
  • BA
    St. John's University (1985)
  • Board Certification
    National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant - Medical (1999)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Improving Clinical Anatomy Recall and Spatial Relationship Reasoning in Physician Assistant StudentsPAEA Research Institute Grant2006

Professional Service

Journal of Physician Assistant EducationEditorial Advisory Board2020 - Present
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)Contributor; PAEA received SAMSHA grant (IH79FG000010-01) to develop substance use disorder curriculum for PA education nationally. I am one of ten PA faculty selected to develop national curriculum for the project.2019
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)Recruited by PAEA as mentor to junior faculty who was submitting research proposal to Don Pederson Grant. Mentored Sara Lolar, MS, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Wayne State PA Program. Lolar was awarded grant.2019
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)Research Mission Advancement Committee2018 - Present
Physician Assistant Online Program Advisory Group, Physician Assistant Online ProgramAdvisor2017 - Present
Ad hoc committee to Dean Alpern to explore extension of PA Program to include distance learningMember2014
Teaching and Learning Center Medical Education Conference Planning CommitteeMember2013 - 2016
Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Primary Care Training and Enhancement (Title VII)Reviewer2011 - 2013
Accreditation Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineChair2011 - 2012
Search Committee for Director of Religious Education, Unitarian Society of New HavenMember2011 - 2012
Youth Group Advisor, Unitarian Society of New HavenMentor2010 - 2014
Youth Adult Committee, Unitarian Society of New HavenCo-Chair2010 - 2011
Social Justice Council, Unitarian Society of New HavenFounding Member2010 - 2011
Program Assessment Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineChair2010 - Present
Connecticut Physician Assistant FoundationTreasurer2009 - 2012
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)Website Review Committee, Faculty Development Institute2009 - 2010
Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician AssistantsFaculty Member2008 - 2010
Student Progress Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineMember2006 - 2017
Self-Assessment Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineMember2006 - 2010
Jack Cole Society, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineFaculty Member2006 - 2010
HAVEN Student Run Free Clinic Advisory Board, HAVEN Student Run Free ClinicAdvisor2006 - 2010
Education Policy and Curriculum Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of Medicine (EPCC)Member2006 - Present
Admissions Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineMember2006 - Present
Thesis Reading Committee, Physician Associate Program, School of MedicineMember2006 - Present
Physician Assistant Education Association, Research InstituteMember2005 - 2007
Youth Group Advisor, First Unitarian Society of Rockland CountyMentor2004 - 2005
ConnAPA Physician Assistant Foundation Board of DirectorsMember

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