Student Spotlight: Maria Fortner, Class of 2019

Female anesthesiologist assistant in white coat in Washington, D.C.

My name is Maria Fortner, and I am a recent graduate from the Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Washington, D.C.

I cannot believe how fast the two years have passed. I loved every moment of my time spent in Washington with my classmates and faculty, and will treasure those years forever. Some of the things that I loved to do in the city are visit the monuments and museums, explore new restaurant and bars, ride bikes around the city or go for a run around the National Mall. Washington was an excellent place to receive outstanding instruction and gain valuable clinical experience. I am also very appreciative that I was chosen to be a student chief, and that I had the chance to work closely with our faculty and travel to the AAAA and ASA conferences with my classmates from Washington, Cleveland, and Houston.

I am thrilled to share that I accepted a job in my home state of Ohio at Mount Carmel, St. Ann’s Hospital in Columbus—go Bucks! I will be joined by two of my fellow classmates from Washington. I cannot wait to begin working in July, and I am extremely proud and grateful to be a CWRU MSA alumna. I'm looking forward to continuing to promote our field with the high standard of patient care and professionalism that this program has taught me. I am glad I am done with the academic and clinical preparation, but I am extremely saddened that the program is over. My advice to incoming students would be to enjoy every moment because the 24 months will go by faster than you think!

About this post: The Student Spotlight series highlights MSA students in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington. The series is a student-led initiative, and is designed to share current student experiences with prospective students. Maria recently graduated as a member of the Class of 2019.