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Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Spring 2023
Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Gamification and Simulation in Physician Assistant Education


presented by
Gina Pontrelli, DHSc, PA-C
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Christine Zammit, MS, PA-C
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies and Academic Coordinator
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
1-2:15 p.m.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library

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Physician assistant (PA) students face the daunting task of mastering an enormous amount of information in a short period of time. Furthermore, medicine, more than any other discipline, is a dynamic and continuous learning curve. The only way to stay abreast of this learning curve is to be a hands-on, active, life-long learner. Students demonstrate greater understanding and ownership of concepts when they are actively involved in the learning process. Dr. Pontrelli and Assistant Professor Zammit will discuss their program’s experience with gaming and simulation, and how utilization can engage students and promote student self-reflection and active learning.

Gina Pontrelli, DHSc, PA-C

Gina Pontrelli is a certified physician assistant since 2001 and completed a Doctor of Health Sciences degree in 2019. Her graduate-level training provided a rigorous interdisciplinary education that promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, leadership, and service. Professor Pontrelli completed her dissertation titled, “Do SPEs Improve Physician Assistant Student History-Taking and Physical Examination Learning Outcomes as Demonstrated by PANCE Task Scores?”. Professor Pontrelli is course coordinator in physician assistant graduate and undergraduate level courses. She continues to be involved in research, publications, and service at the university, state, and professional level.

Christine Zammit, MS, PA-C

Christine Zammit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She has extensive experience in PA education, serving Hofstra as a full-time faculty member for the past 10 years and as an adjunct at two other NY PA programs prior to joining the Hofstra faculty in 2013. In her current role as academic coordinator, Professor Zammit is responsible for developing and delivering curriculum to pre-clinical PA students. In addition to her work in academia, Professor Zammit is a clinically practicing PA in pediatric critical care for the past 20 years.

About the Distinguished Faculty Lecture

In 1981, the University inaugurated the annual Hofstra University Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. Since the fall of 2000, there have been two lectures per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. In recent years, the fall lecture has focused on scholarship, while the spring lecture has focused on innovations in pedagogy. The lecture is typically scheduled mid-semester during Common Hour.

All full-time Hofstra faculty members who have not received the award in the four years prior to their application are eligible to apply. Note that while a lecture is the standard format, fine arts faculty may opt to have a performance or exhibit followed by a discussion. The lecture is the fruit of original thought and research on a topic both representative of the faculty member's specialization and likely to attract and hold the interest of a wide, diverse audience. It is expected that this lecture will not have previously been delivered to the Hofstra community.

Calls for submission are sent out approximately six months prior to each lecture with specific application guidelines. We encourage your participation.

Past Lecturers

Academic Year Lecturer(s)
1981-1982 Mary Anne Raywid
1982-1983 Frederick M. Keener
1983-1984 John DeWitt Gregory
1984-1985 Tadeusz K. Krauze
1985-1986 William F. Levantrosser
1986-1987 Charles F. Levinthal
1987-1988 W. Thomas MacCary
1988-1989 Dorothy Cohen
1989-1990 John E. Ullmann
1990-1991 Ignacio L. Götz
1992-1993 Eric M. Freedman
1993-1994 George D. Jackson
1994-1995 Lesley H. Browder, Jr.
1995-1996 Gary W. Grimes
1996-1997 Laurie Fendrich
1997-1998 Meena Bose
1998-1999 Stanislao G. Pugliese
1999-2000 Laura C. Otis
Fall 2000 Charles Merguerian
Spring 2001 Jacques D. Berlinerblau
Fall 2001 Craig M. Rustici
Spring 2002 Ronald H. Silverman
Fall 2002 John L. Bryant
Spring 2003 Richard J. Puerzer
Fall 2003 Alan J. Singer
Spring 2004 Joanna Grossman
Fall 2004 Benita Sampedro
Spring 2005 John Teehan
Fall 2005 J. Herbie DiFonzo
Spring 2006 Alafair Burke
Fall 2006 I. Bennett Capers
Spring 2007 Monroe H. Freedman
Fall 2007 Julie E. Byrne
Fall 2008 David Green
Spring 2009 Meena Bose
Fall 2009 Barbara Stark
Spring 2010 Harold Hastings
Fall 2010 Lisa M. Dresner
Fall 2011 Elizabeth Glazer
Spring 2012 Leslie Feldman
Fall 2012 Vimala Pasupathi
Spring 2013 Robert Brinkmann
Fall 2013 Robert Leonard
Spring 2014 Sina Rabbany
Fall 2014 J. Herbie DiFonzo
Spring 2015 No Lecture Held
Fall 2015 Alafair Burke
Spring 2016 John L. Bryant, Adam G. Sills, Vern R. Walker
Fall 2016 David Henderson
Spring 2017 Saryn R. Goldberg, Jennifer A. Gundlach, Amy M. Masnick, Jennifer A. Rich, Jessica R. Santangelo
Fall 2017 Eric M. Freedman
Spring 2018 Ethna Dempsey Lay
Fall 2018 E. Christa Farmer, Elisabeth J. Ploran, Mary Anne Trasciatti
Spring 2019 Linda A. Longmire
Fall 2019 Shawn Thelen, Boonghee Yoo
Spring 2020 Andrea S. Libresco (postponed; to be presented in spring 2021)
Fall 2021 Simon R. Doubleday
Spring 2022 Edward M. Segal
Fall 2022 Javier A. Izquierdo