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PA Students, Faculty Show Hofstra Pride at Annual Conference

Students from the Physician Assistant Studies program competed in the New York State Society of Physician Assistants’ “Medical Jeopardy” program, while several members of the faculty also presented at its annual conference.

Students Jenna Razeq, Christine Barbaccia, and Kristen Vidreiro (pictured above, l-r) progressed to round two in the competition against teams from other top PA schools after answering questions on subjects ranging from anatomy and pharmacology to diagnosis and surgery.

Faculty who presented at this year’s NYSSPA conference in Tarrytown, NY in October include:

  • Shannan Ricoy and Christine Zammit, “PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association) Examinations in the PA Curriculum:  Are They Worth It?”
  • Kelly Porta and Mary Banahan, “Remediation Techniques”
  • Mary Banahan, “Incorporating Interprofessional Education into the PA Curriculum”
  • Carina Loscalzo (Hofstra PA program chair), “Challenges in PA Education”


In addition, professors Shannan Ricoy, Christine Zammit, Kelly Porta and Mary Banahan, along with PA student Mike Sacks, served on the organizing committee for this year’s conference.

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Hofstra PA students supporting their classmates in Medical Jeopardy at the 2015 annual NYSSPA conference.


PA faculty Mary Banahan and Kelly Porta
PA Studies faculty Mary Banahan and Kelly Porta


PA faculty Christine Zammit and Shannan Ricoy
PA Studies faculty Christine Zammit and Shannan Ricoy


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