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Rita Rienzo

Manager, Alumni Engagement, Physician Associate Program


  • 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

  • Residency
    Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine (1998)
  • MMSc
    Emory University (1994)
  • BS
    Fordham University (1980)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Jack Cole Society Award2016
Medical Education Fellowship AY 2011-2012Yale School of Medicine2011
Jack Cole Society Award2010
Jack Cole Society Award for contributions in support of the Physician Associate professionJack Cole Student Society2009
Grant: Factors Influencing Graduate Physician Assistants in Their Decision to Pursue Postgraduate ResidenciesPAEA Research Institute2007
Astra Zeneca Surgical Writing Competition, First PrizeAstra Zeneca1998
Frank J. Scallon Medical Science Foundation Medical Writing AwardFrank J. Scallon Medical Science Foundation1998

Professional Service

Education Space Task ForceSteering committee for renovation of Harkness Physical Exam Suite and Cushing Library classroom space.2016 - Present
Clerkship Review CommitteeCommittee to provide ongoing review of YSM Clerkships.2013 - Present
Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC)Member2013 - Present
Yale PA Program Admissions CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Self Assessment CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Progress CommitteeMember2013 - Present
SCM User Testing Group, Yale New Haven HospitalMember2013 - Present
HAVEN Free Clinic Steering Committee

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