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Student Spotlight: Lily Hong, Class of 2020

January 11, 2019

Lily Hong is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University in Washington, D.C. currently completing her clinical rotations at Washington Hospital Center. Discover what she's learning at WHC, in the classroom, and about the nation's capital in this week's Student Spotlight.


CWRU MSA Adds Key Austin Rotation in Houston

January 9, 2019

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University is excited to announce that we are expanding our class at our Houston, Texas location from 26 seats to 32 seats for the 2019 academic year. The new class will include up to six seats that are dedicated to Austin-based rotations. Learn more here.


Student Spotlight: Reecha Martis, Class of 2019

January 4, 2019

Reecha Martis is a second-year student at Case Western Reserve University's Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Houston, Texas. Learn about her cardiac rotation at Texas Heart Institute in this Student Spotlight post.


Student Spotlight: Rikki Kucinsk, Class of 2020

December 14, 2018

Rikki Kucinski is a first-year student in the the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn why this Cleveland native loves her city and her cohort in the latest post from our Student Spotlight series.


Dr. Peggy Seidman Highlights MSA Students as Educators in ASA Poster Presentation

December 13, 2018

Peggy Seidman, MD at University Hospitals and Professor of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine ran a key, hands-on simulation course for first- and second-year medical students from 2015 to 2017. The course is noteworthy not just for the curriculum—which was developed to teach introductory clinical skills—but also because it relied heavily on the assistance of students from the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program.


Student Spotlight: Nick Bontempo, Class of 2019

November 21, 2018

Nick Bontempo is a second-year student in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University in Washington, D.C. He is currently working to complete his pediatric rotation at Children’s National Medical Center in the District. Learn more about Nick in the latest post from our Student Spotlight series.


How to Ensure Your Application is Complete and Ready for Review

November 19, 2018

The application for the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University opens each year in March. To ensure your application is reviewed in a timely manner, you want to make sure your application is marked complete by CASAA and verified. Follow the five steps outlined below or download our handy infographic to ensure your application is ready for our admissions committee!


Student Spotlight: Adriel Crispo, Class of 2020

November 16, 2018

Adriel Crispo is a first-year Master of Science in Anesthesia student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While he is a New Jersey native, he has found Cleveland offers an array of opportunities outside of the clinical and classroom setting. Read more about Adriel's experiences in Cleveland in the latest post from our Student Spotlight series.


CWRU MSA Students Learn Key Technique for Reducing Patient Pain and Improving Recovery Time

November 15, 2018

A peripheral nerve block is a type of regional anesthesia during which an anesthesiologist and anesthetist uses ultrasound to detect nerves in a person’s limb or extremity and administers medication directly to the nerves. This procedure “blocks” sensation to the area, numbing it and allowing for surgery. Patients who have received peripheral nerve blocks have reported short-term numbness, heaviness, weakness, or loss of muscle control in the intended region. Learn more about peripheral nerve blocks, and how CWRU is teaching MSA students to use them in the operating room.


Washington Student Reflects on Commuting in the District

November 9, 2018

Se Chang commutes into the D.C. Metro Area regularly for his coursework and clinical rotations at the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Washington. In a brief interview, he explains what drew him to the program, why he enjoys commuting, and tips for prospective students who are thinking about making the drive.


Student Spotlight: Scott Vazquez, Class of 2020

November 2, 2018

Scott Vazquez is in his second year in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University's Washington, D.C. location. Read more about Scott in the latest post from our Student Spotlight series.


Student Spotlight: Cassie Dunn, Class of 2020

October 26, 2018

Cassie Dunn is a first-year Master of Science in Anesthesia student. She grew up in rural North Georgia, outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and now attends the MSA Program in Houston. Read more about Cassie in the new Student Spotlight series.


Student Spotlight: Nick Simpson, Class of 2019

October 19, 2018

Nick Simpson is a second-year and student chief, originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Read more about Nick in the new Student Spotlight series.


New Deadline Structure Opens Application to More Prospective Students

October 5, 2018

Moving forward, the Program will have an early decision deadline of October 1 with a regular decision deadline falling in winter each year. For prospective students who have missed this year's early decision deadline, which passed earlier this week, and who are interested in beginning the program in May 2019, the regular decision deadline for this cycle will be February 1, 2019. Learn more here.


Last Decade Illustrates a Tradition of Excellence at CWRU

October 4, 2018

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University is happy to share data from the last ten years on our graduates' certification exam pass rate and employment rate, alongside recent data from an alumni survey conducted by the program.


5 Reasons Why Students Choose CWRU

September 24, 2018

Prospective students often ask our admissions team why our current students chose to pursue their Master of Science in Anesthesia degree at Case Western Reserve University—so we asked our current students and alumni. We've collected the top five reasons here.


Student Spotlight: Catherine Olumba, Class of 2019

September 21, 2018

Catherine Olumba is a second-year Master of Science in Anesthesia student at Case Western Reserve University in Washington, D.C. She is currently in her trauma rotation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which is located in the district. Read more about Catherine in this post, part of the Student Spotlight series.


Student Spotlight: Jonathan Haang, Class of 2019

September 12, 2018

Jonathan Haang is a second-year Master of Science in Anesthesia student at Case Western Reserve University in Houston, Texas. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and he attended Kent State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology. Read more about Jonathan in the new Student Spotlight series.


Student Spotlight: Mandy Galambos, Class of 2019

August 28, 2018

Mandy Galambos is a second-year student and AAAA representative from Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Cleveland. She is currently completing a trauma rotation at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, which is located on CWRU main campus. Read more about Mandy in the first edition of the new Student Spotlight series.


Second-year Student Reflects on Cardiac Rotation at Christ Hospital

August 21, 2018

Over the summer, Trena Pilegaard, a second-year student at our Washington, D.C. location, completed her cardiac rotation at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Trena found the experience an invaluable one, studying topics such as drug titration, early identification of arrhythmias, codes, and the intricacies the heart itself.


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 One Student'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, Class of 2011

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

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? Find the answers you need here.


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

On January 19th, 2017, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded our Anesthesiologist Assistant program site in Washington, DC continuing accreditation for five years, the longest duration that the CAAHEP grants. The CAAHEP found our site in D.C. upholds the highest educational standards. Learn more here.


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.