My name is Nick Simpson, from St. Louis, Missouri, and I am a second-year and student chief for the Case Western Reserve Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Cleveland.
As one of the student chiefs, I am involved in facilitating the first-year students’ transition into the program; helping prospective applicants learn more about the program CAA profession, and whether it is right for them; acting as a liaison between the students and the program’s administration; and organizing study sessions for second-years to prepare for their certification exams. I am also working with the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants representatives from our class to find community outreach opportunities for our program, and traveling to state and national conferences for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and American Association of Anesthesiologist Assistants to learn ways to advance our profession.
I signed up to be student chief because I believe in the program and profession. CWRU MSA Program’s stellar reputation, which has allowed me to already secure a job upon graduation next summer, is one that I take pride in and work to advance.
Cleveland has been an excellent city to attend school in. When I need a break from schoolwork I head to one of Cleveland’s many breweries or restaurants, or explore one of the Cleveland MetroParks, which provide great hiking and a nearby escape into nature.
The MSA Program offers many opportunities to branch out of the Cleveland area as well. I was able to spend a rotation this summer back home in St. Louis, and I plan on going to Cincinnati and Wisconsin for rotations later this year.
About this post: The Student Spotlight series highlights MSA students in their second year of coursework in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington. The series is a student-led initiative, and is designed to share current student experiences with prospective students.