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What specifically should I be looking for in terms of clinical experience?
Institutional name recognition may not indicate quality, especially for the clinical experience.
Will you have an opportunity to experience a clinical site that has independent CRNAs? It's good to see that CRNAs can function without having a MD in the room for induction, emergence, do their own pre-op evaluation, manage the patient in the PACU, communicate with the surgeon etc
will you be required to share cases with residents or with other SRNAs? I think this is a deal breaker, might be difficult to find out because I suppose a program isn't going to want to reveal that the open heart experience consists of assisting the resident also assigned, or that 2 SRNAs will be on the crani's.
What will the regional experience consist of? want to get experience with SAB, epidurals, some basic peripheral nerve blocks with ultrasound, OB epidurals
Will you rotate to different clinical sites? Some programs move you every couple of months, which might be a little counter productive, but on the other hand staying at a single site for all, or almost all, your clinical experience is going to make you less flexible. Spending significant time at 3 or 4 diverse sites is benificial. You'll become familiar with different equiment, different patient populations, surgeon's etc
Also does the program has a required attrition rate? Meaning do they accept more people into the didactic portion than they have room in clinical? Does a certain percentage have to go every year? If you are a good test taker then maybe not as much of a worry personally, but it can still create an atmosphere amoung the students that is a little unpleasant.