State Beat  |   May 2018
A Year in Review - Educational Programs for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants
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State Beat
State Beat   |   May 2018
A Year in Review - Educational Programs for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants
ASA Monitor 5 2018, Vol.82, 54-55.
ASA Monitor 5 2018, Vol.82, 54-55.
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAA) are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of physician anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. All CAAs possess a premedical undergraduate background and complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school master’s degree level. In order to achieve this high level of training, they must attend and graduate from one of the 12 accredited AA educational programs in the country.
The two most recent AA programs to open their doors to their respective inaugural classes are the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 2016 and Indiana University (IU) in 2017. During its first year, MCW chose 12 students for its entering class from more than 100 applicants, and in 2017, another 15 students matriculated. With the program lasting 28 months, MCW will graduate its first class at the end of 2018. With a generally high job placement rate, MCW is expecting 100 percent of its first class to have job offers upon completion of the program.
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