Master of Science in Anesthesia Program Policies

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine students working together at table

In addition to the policies and procedures set by the university, which all Case Western Reserve University students are expected to become familiar with, the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program annually publishes and distributes a student handbook for all MSA students.

The student handbook includes information on admissions, academics, and clinicals. It also contains the MSA Student Code of Conduct.

Additional policies pertinent to MSA students include:

Procedures for submitting community concerns or grievances are also available for all CWRU students here. 

Students with concerns or complaints specific to distance learning can review information from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), including details on the complaint process and complaint resolution.


Students should feel comfortable filing grievances of any nature. Student grievances should be submitted in writing to both their local program director and medical director. If the grievance is related to the local program director or the medical director the grievance should be submitted to the Executive Program Director, Joseph Rifici.

The grievance, subsequently, will be presented to the Progress and Promotions committee, which consists of the local program director, medical director, faculty, clinical coordinators, and administrative operations manager. If a grievance is with a member of the progress and promotions committee, that individual will not participate in the committee’s process as related to the grievance.

If the decision of the progress and promotions committee is unsatisfactory after presentation, student grievances regarding grading, academic evaluation, or other matters will then be submitted to the joint advanced practice profession committee. The joint advanced practice profession committee consists of members of the MSA and PA respective Progress and Promotions/Academic Standing and Progress committee.

If, after being notified of the decision, the student feels that the Joint committee did not properly follow its established procedures, then an additional written appeal may be forwarded to the Vice Dean of Medical Education for the School of Medicine within 10 business days and may only appeal on the basis of procedural issues. This step exhausts the student’s appeal options and the Vice Dean of Medical Education determination is final. 

For Washington Students

Our DC location is also locally licensed by The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC). Please note that the HELC is the final resort for a student grievance.

CWRU MSA students at our program location in Houston, Texas can also refer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s complaint procedures.

Students with questions about any of these policies and procedures are encouraged to contact the program director at their location of study.

Delayed Graduation

The P&P committee has the authority to delay graduation based on its unanimous, documented concern about a student’s clinical expertise or safety. The committee must unanimously decide that a student is not ready to graduate, and then communicate that decision to the student and recommend remediation for a specified period of time.

The options of LOA or withdrawal are open to such students but should be discussed in individual counseling sessions prior to remediation and should not be used to offset bad performance.