Clinical Instructors

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The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University has approximately 125 clinical instructors, who hold faculty appointments at the School of Medicine, and 2,000 volunteer clinical instructors at our affiliate sites across the country. These clinical team members are key educational partners and essential guides for our students in the operating room.

Clinical Instructors and Faculty

Clinical instructors are responsible for supervising students in the operating room while they complete clinical rotations at specific affiliates or in specific specialties. They teach students how to perform key duties and provide instructive feedback.

Volunteer instructors include certified anesthesiologist assistants, anesthesiologists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Appointed clinical faculty are also responsible for supervising students in the operating room and for teaching key duties. Additionally, clinical faculty answer questions, provide instructive feedback, and evaluate students’ clinical work. They often offer vital insight into procedures and patient care, helping students identify how their didactic coursework and simulation training translates into the real world.

All CWRU Master of Science in Anesthesia clinical faculty are certified anesthesiologist assistants who maintain active licenses and memberships to the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Clinical faculty are expected to work a minimum of ten days a year with CWRU MSA students and are expected to provide timely and instructive feedback during each session with a student, aiming to consistently complete the assigned clinical evaluations for MSA students during the academic year through the online CORE/ELMS feedback system.

Clinical Preceptor and Faculty Benefits

In addition to supporting the intellectual growth and education of CWRU MSA students, appointed clinical faculty receive a number of benefits from the university as appointed faculty of the School of Medicine.

Clinical faculty have access to the CWRU network, including on-campus and online resources such as the university’s libraries and [U]Tech, may obtain gym membership to Veale Gym at CWRU's Cleveland campus, and are eligible for a number of discount programs at various establishments nationwide.

Even without a clinical faculty appointment, all our preceptors are entitled to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for completing student evaluations through the MSA program's online evaluation system, CORE.

Lastly, the MSA Program hosts events for clinical preceptors and faculty in Austin, Cleveland, Houston, and Washington, where they have the opportunity to provide feedback on students' progress, participate in key discussions, and network with peers. Each year, selected clinical preceptors and faculty are also recognized for outstanding work with MSA students at our Honors Dinner.

Becoming a Clinical Instructor

Those interested in becoming clinical instructors at sites where CWRU MSA students currently rotate can contact our Manager of Partnerships and Development, Lauren Bohatka at any time. If your employer does not currently accept MSA students but may be willing to do so, the Program is happy to assist you in that process.

Faculty appointments are completed biannually, and at the request of the Program.