The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program in Washington in the CNN Building alongside the U.S. Department of Education at Union Center Plaza.
The MSA Offices
The program offices reside in a suite on the lower level of the CNN Building, which is situated just north of Union Station.
The building, which takes its name from the U.S. news network, is home to the television channel’s Washington, D.C. headquarters as well as several other corporations.
Our Learning Environments
In addition to administrative and faculty offices, the suite also contains designated classroom space where didactic lectures and distance learning classes, which include the pharmacology and physiology coursework that MSA students complete with their peers in Cleveland and Houston, are held. The space also contains a student lounge and kitchenette, a computer bank, and a small library.
Additionally, the simulation laboratory is housed in the suite. The lab is maintained by our director of simulation in Washington and certified anesthesiologist assistants, who oversee and operate the simulations. Designed to look and feel like an operating room, the lab experience allows students to hone their anesthesia care techniques through participating in real-world scenarios. The lab is a central component of our curriculum.
The CWRU MSA Program in Washington incorporates four sessions with a counselor into student coursework to emphasize mental health and wellness, and to ensure students are prepared to deal with difficult situations in the operating room.
The Washington offices are located less than ten miles from the United States Capitol and the National Mall. The proximity has allowed an emphasis on advocacy to develop naturally within the program, and many MSA students are passionate about supporting local and national legislation for the expansion of the profession specifically and for healthcare generally.
Just east of the Capitol building is the Library of Congress, which MSA students can acquire a free membership to for research and studying purposes. The Library holds approximately 750,000 items, including monographs, texts, and journals, on or related to medicine, healthcare, and public policy. Once registered members, students have access to request materials from the collection and can access the Library’s public reading rooms—in addition to the exhibitions and national treasures that are generally open to tourists.
In addition to the local resources available, Washington students can also access a number of digital resources at Case Western Reserve University using their network ID. Students have unlimited free access to Lynda.com and other resources, receive discounts on technology products from providers such as Apple and Dell through the eStore, and have complete access to the electronic database at the Kelvin Smith Library, which includes a vast collection of eJournals and eBooks.