Anyone know anything about Thomas Jefferson U. in philadelphia starting a new program.
Although this was started primarily as a Pre-CRNA discussion, which I agree Ether, I think it should be in the Pre-CRNA forum, the issue itself should become a concern among those CRNA's practicing in PA, especially the Philadelphia area.
I've just recently been told from a source in philly that Jefferson is going to accept 50 Students in its first class (not sure if it will pan out to this many, but that is what I was told). The formation of this huge program, along with the one set up by York University and Hospital is creating quite a saturation of CRNA's in the PA and philadelphia area. Just as it was very difficult to get a job as a CRNA 10-15 years ago, it may also again be difficult IN PA to get a job as a Nurse anesthetist, say in 5-10 years. Also the clinical experiences of the many schools in the philadelphia area (there are at least 6) will surely suffer if these students are competing with Residents and each other to obtain clinical skills.
I think it is unfortunate that the amount of anesthesia programs is not distributed more equally across the US. PA currently has about 10 programs w/ more coming. California has like 3. make sense?
I am proud to be a student in pennsylvania, but I also think we have some work to do in the other states as well. But if you are not worried about the job market in 5-10 years in the state of PA, I think you should be. CRNA employment just like anything else is cyclical. sooner or later, saturation will dry up all the available positions. Many may feel this is unlikely. I'm not saying it isn't, but it is certainly something to think about.
Last edit by Pete495 on Jan 5, '06