Committees  |   June 2013
The Current Challenge of AA Education: Increasing the Supply to Meet a Growing Demand
Author Affiliations
  • Howard Odom, M.D.
    Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistant Education and Practice
Article Information
Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Education / CPD / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Committees
Committees   |   June 2013
The Current Challenge of AA Education: Increasing the Supply to Meet a Growing Demand
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 48-49.
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 48-49.
Recently, there has been a great deal of enthusiasm focused on legislative efforts in several states to gain new or to solidify existing anesthesiologist assistant (AA) practice. The successes have been very encouraging. Where the efforts have not yet been fruitful, clearer action plans and an increased resolve have offered valuable intermediate outcomes. The increased demand for AAs requires that we also consider the supply of AAs produced by education programs. In the same way that AA practice advocacy has benefited from an ASA/American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) cooperatively supported expansion strategy, we must now turn to address development of additional AA education programs.
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