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Alexandria Garino, PhD, PA-C

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Associate Dean for Physician Associate and Assistant Education, Medical Education


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 most recently cared for patients 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 in 2018. Leveraging the theories of self-regulated learning and motivation, she strives to understand the attitudinal, motivational, and situational factors that impact learning.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Fordham University, Graduate School of Education/Learning Science (2018)
  • MS
    Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Biostatistics/Clinical Research Methods (2004)
  • PA
    Catholic Medical Center, PA Studies (1999)
  • BA
    St. John's University, Literature (1994)

Honors & Recognition

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

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