CRNA v/s anesthesia resident in OR

  1. I have been told that it is better to try to go to a CRNA school where there are no anesthesia residents so that you do not have to "share" cases. Is this really an issue? So many of the programs are at Universities where there certainly would be residents. I just wonder if anyone out there thinks a CRNA would get more experience in a facility where there were no anesthesia residents? Thanks! - cheat25
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  3. by   piper_for_hire
    I asked this same question in all of my interviews and always got a confused look. It's my impression that this doesn't happen. There are plenty of cases to go around - and since you're working for free, they keep you pretty busy. Does it really matter if you miss out on a case here or there? You'll be doing hundreds and hundreds of everything. Everyone tells me that you'll have all of your numbers by the end of the *first* year. No worries.

    -S
  4. by   catcolalex
    This IS an issue. I trained at hospitals with, and without residents. Believe me, this is absolutely an issue. as for the reply that there are plenty of cases to go around.... yeah, the residents will do the bigger, better, more involved cases while the srna's will do the hernias and gallbladders. Even if the srna has more experience than the resident. I have been kicked out of more than one OR to make way for the resident to get "their numbers". I enjoyed the residents themselves, they are in the same boat as SRNA's but their attendings will be the ones that kick you out and send in the resident. In my opinion, it will always be better to be the only "learner" wherever you go. university hospitals are great for experience if it is set up to benefit all trainees and not just the residents. Kaiser students go to Loma linda university and this was the only facility where I was treated the same as the residents as far as what cases I got, and the respect I got, with that respect came the expectation that I got the job done.
  5. by   rn29306
    Quote from catcolalex
    This IS an issue. I trained at hospitals with, and without residents. Believe me, this is absolutely an issue. as for the reply that there are plenty of cases to go around.... yeah, the residents will do the bigger, better, more involved cases while the srna's will do the hernias and gallbladders. Even if the srna has more experience than the resident. I have been kicked out of more than one OR to make way for the resident to get "their numbers". I enjoyed the residents themselves, they are in the same boat as SRNA's but their attendings will be the ones that kick you out and send in the resident. In my opinion, it will always be better to be the only "learner" wherever you go. university hospitals are great for experience if it is set up to benefit all trainees and not just the residents. Kaiser students go to Loma linda university and this was the only facility where I was treated the same as the residents as far as what cases I got, and the respect I got, with that respect came the expectation that I got the job done.
    I totally agree. Why would you want to compete with residents? Its just asking for trouble and mismanagement. You would serve yourself well during school and later on in life by going to a non-competition school.
    And before anyone blows up at me that went to a school with residents hold up a minute....Im not downing on your education, but I have plenty of friends that have had things set up on a big case, ready to roll, and here comes the resident and the attending and there you go down the hall to the freaking cysto room. How conducive to learning that must be. Where I went, the students, esp the seniors, did any and everything. And oh how nice it was.
    Last edit by rn29306 on Oct 12, '06

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