Rita Rienzo, MMSc, PA-C, BS

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine

Departments & Organizations

Physician Associate (PA) Program

Internal Medicine: General Internal Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


  • Develop and assess the clinical curriculum
  • Maintain accreditation standards for clinical curriculum
  • Lecture in surgery and emergency medicine topics
  • Academic advisement of students

Education & Training

MMSc Emory University (1994)
BS Fordham University (1980)
Residency Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine

Honors & Recognition

  • Jack Cole Society Award (2016)

  • Medical Education Fellowship AY 2011-2012Yale School of Medicine (2011)

  • Jack Cole Society Award (2010)

  • Jack Cole Society Award for contributions in support of the Physician Associate professionJack Cole Student Society (2009)

  • Grant: Factors Influencing Graduate Physician Assistants in Their Decision to Pursue Postgraduate ResidenciesPAEA Research Institute (2007)

  • Astra Zeneca Surgical Writing Competition, First PrizeAstra Zeneca (1998)

  • Frank J. Scallon Medical Science Foundation Medical Writing AwardFrank J. Scallon Medical Science Foundation (1998)

Professional Service

  • Education Space Task Force (2016 - Present) Steering committee for renovation of Harkness Physical Exam Suite and Cushing Library classroom space.

  • Clerkship Review Committee (2013 - Present) Committee to provide ongoing review of YSM Clerkships.

  • Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC) Member

  • Yale PA Program Admissions Committee Member

  • Self Assessment Committee Member

  • Progress Committee Member

  • SCM User Testing Group, Yale New Haven Hospital Member

  • HAVEN Free Clinic Steering Committee

  • Call Back Series

  • Introduction to Surgery

  • Physical exam skills for PA students

  • Transition Weeks

  • Surgical Skills/Small Animal Lab

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Contact Info

Rita Rienzo, MMSc, PA-C, BS
Office Location
100 Church Street South, Ste A250
New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
Physician Associate (PA) ProgramPO Box 208083
New Haven, CT 06520-8083