Well, first of all, just so everyone knows it's not whining, I have never once considered pimping to be hazing.
Hazing is being pushed, hit, shoved, slapped in totally non-emergent situations. By CRNA or MDA. And don't talk about taking legal action, that is such a joke if you know the environment of SRNA programs. Hazing is being humiliated in front of the whole OR for not taping eyes the way that day's doc or CRNA prefers. Hazing is one doc screaming at you for holding the ETT until it is secured and the next day another doc screaming at you for not holding the ETT until it is secured. Ditto for the way you hold the bag. Hazing is having every single move you make criticized for the whole entire day by the CRNA. Hazing is having lies told about you--specifics that you and the teller are absolutely sure did not happen. Hazing is whenever either the MDA or CRNA yells, demeans, mocks, insults the student.
There is no place for crap like this in graduate school. If you tell me that such actions are necessary, I will tell you that you are full of ****. I never saw a surgeon mistreat any CRNA the way I saw CRNAs/MDAs routinely treat SRNAs. So don't tell me it's to teach you to deal with irate surgeons. Most nurses who get accepted into CRNA programs have practiced long enough to learn how to deal with irrational docs.
I was never once asked to leave the OR so I don't know how what I was doing was so horrible. I never once left the OR of my own volition, even when I was really unreasonably provoked.
There is no good reason for the hazing that occurs. It's a self-perpetuating culture. You survive the mistreatment, and turn around to do it to the upcoming students. I was told over and over that it would get better when they had the new incoming junior SRNAs to abuse. How pathetic is that???
Sure there are people who make it through this. That does not make it right or desirable. And there are people who are not able to learn well under those conditions. Is that a negative???
So, I say, avoid anesthesia school if you react poorly to bullying, verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse. You will be less likely to be able to perform your best, no matter how smart you are or how much superb very-high-acuity-high-stress ICU experience you have. I imagine guys who thrive in the military might have an edge, given the similarities with basic training. Maybe it is necessary for people going into warfare to be treated/tested that way, but I hardly think that doing anesthesia is the equivalent of warfare. As far as I know, the SRNAs at the military CRNA programs who are being trained to do anesthesia in warfare, are treated very professionally in their programs.