A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) is a highly skilled healthcare professional who works under the direction of a licensed Anesthesiologist. A CAA works exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team model as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
CAAs are responsible for pre-operative patient care such as obtaining past medical history, and performing physical exams. Intra-operatively, CAAs are responsible for establishing routine monitoring modalities. They perform induction, maintain anesthetic levels, administer adjunctive treatments, and provide continuity of anesthetic care into and during the postoperative recovery period.
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Prior to attending an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) graduate program, students must complete a four year undergraduate college degree that includes satisfying pre-med requirements and meeting all admission requirements.
AA training programs are accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs and include a minimum of 24 months in a Master's level graduate program. Students spend an average of 600 hours of classroom and laboratory education, 2600 hours of clinical anesthesia education, and administer over 600 anesthetics.
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As employment opportunities in Missouri continue to grow, so do the number of CAAs working in the state. MAAA membership has experienced exponential growth over the past few years as more CAAs understand the value of professional membership. The MAAA is the only organization entirely committed to the support and promotion of CAAs in Missouri. The MAAA is fully committed to adding value to your membership.
Introductory rates are available for new fellow members and new graduate members. Current students can become members for a low one-time rate while in school.
The MAAA works alongside the MSA and ASA to protect CAA practice in the state of Missouri. The MAAA intentionally engages in efforts to increase CAAs’ professional footprint to encourage additional job opportunities. The MAAA is actively involved in meeting with legislators to support and promote licensure bills to expand practice in closed states. MAAA members are updated on state/national political or legislative action that can affect CAA practice and provided tools to make an impact. The MAAA also provides a direct connection to the AAAA. The MAAA provides convenient networking possibilities with other CAAs. Additionally, members have the ability to vote and hold board positions in the MAAA.
MAAA Mission Statement
The Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (MAAA) is a nonprofit organization and a component society of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA). Our mission includes political advocacy of the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession, commitment to the highest educational standards, and fundamental support of the Anesthesia Care Team.