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Cindy Rossi, clinical associate professor and senior clinical coordinator of physician assistant studies in the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, has been recognized for her dedication to students.
The Physician Assistant Education Association recently presented Rossi with its 2012 inaugural Clinical Education Award in Seattle.
Rossi has overseen Quinnipiac’s more than 450 clinical rotations each year since 1998. She also teaches each semester.
“I could not think of a better way to honor Cindy’s work ethic, dedication to students and commitment to high quality physician assistant education than the PAEA Clinical Education Award,” said Cynthia Lord, clinical associate professor and director of the physician assistant program. “Cindy is devoted to her work and has made significant contributions in clinical coordination, administration, teaching, scholarship and professional service. Her dedication to the program and its students is obvious in the manner in which she has overseen the clinical curriculum in the Quinnipiac University physician assistant program.”
Rossi said she feels honored to have the opportunity to shape young medical professionals.
“It’s important to realize that as a clinical coordinator, you are an integral part of the students’ education,” Rossi said. “You are contributing and helping to create the kind of future medical provider your students will ultimately become.”
Peter Sandor, an adjunct clinical professor at Quinnipiac and a physician assistant at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, has known Rossi since he was her student in 1999.
“Cindy is also responsible for creating the first impression and is the face of Quinnipiac University since she is the contact person for hundreds of PAs and the physicians throughout the state who precept Quinnipiac University’s physician assistant students,” Sandor said. “She has developed a clinical experience that should be emulated by all other PA programs and her dedication toward PA education is second to none. Her hard work has given Quinnipiac University an excellent reputation amongst the medical community.”
John McNab, a physician assistant at Hartford Hospital, said Rossi’s work goes beyond scheduling clinical rotations.
“Cindy challenges, encourages and expects our students to be not just good students, but to be good people,” McNab said. “It is not surprising that Cindy is often sought after by her advisees and other class members for career guidance and personal life advice. They know that Cindy will lend them an empathetic ear and offer them sound advice. She takes her student adviser role very seriously, and she holds students to the high ethical standards that she herself embodies.”
Rossi said those relationships are among the position’s most valuable rewards.
“Developing relationships with the students and helping guide them through their clinical experiences, watching the students graduate and later hearing of their successes as practicing PAs are all examples of what I find personally rewarding about clinical education,” Rossi said.