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.

Student grievances of any nature should be submitted in writing to both the local program director and medical director. The grievance, subsequently, will be presented to the education committee, which consists of the local MSA program director, medical director, faculty, clinical coordinators, and education manager. If the decision of the education committee is unsatisfactory after presentation, student grievances regarding grading, academic evaluation, or other matters will then be submitted to the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. In the event that the grievance remains unresolved it will be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies and will be handled according to School of Graduate Studies policy.

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 education 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 agree that a student is not ready to graduate, and then communicate that decision to the student and recommend remediation for a specific 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.