An Inside Look at CWRU MSA Boot Camp

August 7, 2018

As new students in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University, first-year’s begin the summer semester with a three-week “Boot Camp.” Developed by CWRU instructors, Boot Camp is a unique approach that immerses students in didactic instruction, lectures, and simulation lab. Clinical exposure immediately follows Boot Camp, and students report feeling confident and prepared as they enter the operating room in the first month of coursework.

CWRU MSA Alums Published in ASA Monitor

July 19, 2018

David Dunipace (‘08) and Samuel Lee (‘15) recently co-authored the article “Sugammadex: A New Reversal Drug with the Same Risk – A Continued Need for Neuromuscular Blockade Monitoring” with Jamie L. Sparling, M.D. Read a brief summary of their research here.

Recent Alums Reflect on How They Discovered the MSA Program

July 18, 2018

For many of our current students and alumni, discovering the certified anesthesiologist assistant profession is a revelation of sorts. In fact, many of our students aren’t aware of the profession until they begin to explore options beyond medical school. Here, three alums reflect on how they found the MSA Program—and when they realized it was the right fit for them.

Anesthesiologist Assistants Ensure Same Surgical Outcomes as Nurse Anesthetists

June 19, 2018

Patients who undergo inpatient surgery experience no difference in death rates, length of hospital stay or costs between admission or discharge, whether their physician anesthesiologist is teamed with an anesthesiologist assistant or a nurse anesthetist, according to a new study published in Anesthesiology’s Online First.

Carie Twichell named Interim Assistant Program Director for MSA Cleveland Program

June 08, 2018

The interim assistant program director for the Cleveland location of the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University will be Carie Twichell, an accomplished certified anesthesiologist assistant and alumna of the program.

A Glimpse Into Marilyn Archambeault's Medical Mission to the Philippines

April 11, 2018

Marilyn Archambeault had the opportunity to achieve two goals at once: travel abroad, and join a medical mission intent on helping as many patients as possible in the Philippines. Archambeault shared with us what it was like to provide healthcare in this exciting and challenging environment.

Make the Most of Your MCAT Preparation

April 11, 2018

For students that want to enter CWRU’s Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Program, the MCAT is an important test. But don’t let that scare you! With proper planning and preparation, you can conquer the MCAT. Here is some advice for planning for the exam.

Dr. Horng on Life as an Anesthesiologist and our D.C. Medical Director

March 7, 2018

Dr. Horng's love of medicine is coupled with her focus on patients. When educating others, she reminds them to remember their passion for helping people, and we hope her experience will encourage you to do the same.

Advice from Angela Hovis on the MSA Program

December 29, 2017

Angela Hovis had longed to work in healthcare since she was a teenager. Driven by that passion, she attended Case Western Reserve University and stumbled across the MSA Program. She fell in love with the anesthesia fiel. Now, she strives to give back to the field that gives her so much.

How to Give Compassionate Care to Your Patients

November 27, 2017

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants need to be very aware of their patient’s situation and comfort level before, during, and after the operation. In this article, we will share some advice on how to show fellow feeling for your patients.

Case Western Reserve University Advocacy Honor Roll

October 24, 2017

The honor roll is a compilation of graduates of Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Anesthesiologist Assistant educational program who have been involved in professional advocacy. Advocacy has been and is an emphasis of the Master of Science in Anesthesia program in the education of our students.

Join the Top Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Program in the US

September 27, 2017

Top Ten Reasons Why CAA Students Choose CWRU

You know a little something about certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs), but how can you decide which program is the best? Two of the most important questions to ask when choosing a certified anesthesiologist assistant program are: Will I learn how to think critically and develop confidence in my decision-making abilities? Will my clinical exposure be sufficiently diverse?

Careers: Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or Medical Doctor of Anesthesiology

August 28, 2017

With the many different pathways into medicine, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. Anesthesiology is a vital part of medical care. A career in anesthesiology means helping people to heal in the most painless way possible. Students still have the choice to become a certified anesthesiologist assistant or a medical doctor of anesthesiology. We will explore the paths into each career so that you can make an informed choice.

Dr. Gumbert on Why He Advocates the CAA Profession

August 24, 2017

Aiding in the advancement of a new program in Houston is a big task. Aiding in the growth and development of a profession is an even bigger one. Thankfully Sam Gumbert M.D. is up to both challenges.

Sabena Kachwalla on Medical Missions

June 26, 2017

Those on medical missions have to adapt to new situations and work with limited resources. Despite these challenges, Sabena Kachwalla treasures her ability to travel and offer medical service to those in need. The knowledge and experience she gains from these missions is irreplaceable and Sabena loves to share what she’s learned with others.

Pete Kaluszyk’s Insightful CAA Perspective

April 18, 2017

After 41 years working as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant, Pete Kaluszyk still wholeheartedly feels that this a wonderful field. Read on for his experiences and advice for students.

Recruiting in Houston

March 24, 2017

Hard working student representatives play a large part in the success of our program. Two ambitious second-year students from the Houston site, Leslie Campbell and Brittany Parkey, recently gave up some of their time and traveled to two health career fairs to spread the word about the MSA program and the certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA) profession.

Maggie Green, CAA: If I Can Do It, You Can Too!

February 24, 2017

Maggie Green, CAA worked through the difficulties of simultaneously working, raising two young children, and being a student in the CAA program. She exemplifies how a person can accomplish anything that they set their mind to.  Read on for her inspiring story.

Washington, DC is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

February 1, 2017

An Announcement About Our Washington, DC Site:

The Anesthesiologist Assistant program at Case Western Reserve University, Washington, DC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Leaders Who Smooth the Way

February 1, 2017

Early in their second year, Jeff Cheng and Carrie Westfall have had a profound, positive impact on Cleveland’s new class. In addition to their own responsibilities, they implemented Mentor Shadow Day, which helped incoming students acclimate to the learning environment in the OR.

Carie Twichell, CAA, Class of 1999: Leader and Educator

February 1, 2017

‌In late May I had the pleasure of interviewing Carie Twichell, CAA. Ms. Twichell recently began her presidency of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant professional organization) in which she has been an active member since the beginning of her career. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Carie’s mom worked for Chrysler and was transferred to Cleveland when Carie was in third grade. Carie did her freshman year of college at Michigan State and then switched to Ohio State to finish her undergraduate degree.

Student Chiefs Implement Mentorship Program

July 28, 2016

‌Early in their second year, Jeff Cheng and Carrie Westfall have had a profound, positive impact on Cleveland’s new class. In addition to their own responsibilities, they implemented Mentor Shadow Day, which helped incoming students acclimate to the learning environment in the operating room.