Pros & Cons of CRNA vs AA - page 2

I was doing some research on a school and found out that they have an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. I know that the program doesn't require a BSN degree. Also, it may require more advance... Read More

  1. by   user69
    My understanding (and I may be wrong) is that AAs work independently during surgery, but there must be a MDA on site somewhere. Does the MDA end up micromanaging the entire procedure?

    I know that the AAs do not have any previous medical training, but how does the actual program that they do go through compare to a CRNA program? When I was looking into school, the requirements appeared to be pretty strict.


    Allen
  2. by   meandragonbrett
    Quote from user69
    My understanding (and I may be wrong) is that AAs work independently during surgery, but there must be a MDA on site somewhere. Does the MDA end up micromanaging the entire procedure?

    Allen
    If I remember correctly, AAs are not able to make medical based decisions and must be incontact with the MDA. On the other hand, CRNAs, depending on the practice situation, can give what drugs they want and also make their own decisions regarding care. Also, a MDA can only manage four cases being run by AAs at a time..or something of that nature.

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