Student Benefits

Cleveland students with MedWish sign

A number of benefits are included in the cost of tuition for each Master of Science in Anesthesia student. The benefits are available to all students at our locations in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington.

While many other MSA Programs offer some of these benefits, no other program offers the complete benefit package provided by Case Western Reserve University. These benefits are designed to help students develop professional skills in and outside of the operating room, with a particular focus on advocacy, professional development, and networking.

Professional Enrichment Opportunities

Upon enrollment in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program, all students gain membership to both the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 

American Society of Anesthesiologists

The ASA is the national organization for anesthesiologists, who are key partners in practice to certified anesthesiologist assistants. Students, like professional CAAs, hold non-voting memberships that provide them with access to the network.

Each year, student leaders from each location have the opportunity to attend the ASA annual meeting. Learn more about ASA events here. 

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

The AAAA is the national organization for certified anesthesiologist assistant professionals, and membership provides students with access to the organization’s quarterly newsletter and a number of other resources and benefits, including discounts on the NCCAA examination rates. 

Each year, CWRU MSA students also receive a stipend to attend the AAAA annual meeting and career expo. At the meeting, students have the opportunity to network with employers, regional organizations, and other exhibitors. CWRU MSA students also compete in Anesthesia Jeopardy annually. Learn more about this year’s meeting here. 

CWRU also hosts an alumni reunion dinner at the AAAA each year.

State-level Memberships

In addition to membership to the national organization, students hold local memberships in the Ohio, Texas, and the District of Columbia anesthesiologist assistants’ professional organizations, dependent on their location of study.

These organizations are component societies of the AAAA, and include:

Not only are these memberships at the national and local level important for the professional opportunities that they afford to students, but these memberships also allow students to have access to the legislative arena—where decisions regarding healthcare policy and practice are being debated and decided on a continual basis. Advocacy and legislative leadership are key skills taught by the Program, and one of the key differentiators between CWRU and other MSA programs.

CWRU MSA students who are particularly passionate about advocacy and leadership have additional opportunities for refining these skills as class leaders. 

CWRU Resources

All MSA students have access to graduate student resources through Case Western Reserve University. All of the resources outlined below can be accessed in-person or online, and are available to students in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington.

Other graduate student resources can be reviewed here, but may not be easily accessible to our Houston or Washington students. Additionally, the MSA Program maintains local partnerships that ensure students in each location have access top-tier resources and facilities. Learn more about the location-specific resources in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington.

Career Development

Career Development, a division of Student Affairs, offers individual career counseling, advising, resume and cover letter reviews, interview preparation, and job or salary negotiation. Students also have access to online job boards, career management systems, and other digital networking resources.

Kelvin Smith Library

Students can use the VPN to log into the Kelvin Smith Library electronic database to access a vast collection of eJournals and eBooks—which provide resources for assignments whether students are on campus or rotating off-site—as well as leisure reading.

Writing Resource Center

Writing Center advisors are available for in-person consultations or online appointments, and can provide helpful insight for research papers, presentations, and more.

Additional Benefits

CWRU MSA students have the option to opt into additional benefits, including health insurance coverage and the university fitness plan. These benefits are briefly discussed here, and more information can be found at the CWRU Student Medical Plan. Additional information is provided to students upon enrollment.