Education Opportunities for Educators

Anesthesia College Bowl and CRNA Challenge Team

The very lively College Bowl is held annually at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress. Six teams of students play each other, answering questions about anesthesia that have been submitted by nurse anesthesia program directors. The winning student team faces off against a team of six CRNAs to determine the ultimate winner of the College Bowl.

  • Program directors may submit up to two students to participate and also must submit seven questions for the game. Full details are contained in the application.
  • Didactic and clinical faculty volunteer for the CRNA Challenge Team to take on the students, who are tough competitors!
  • The application process opens in the spring.

Student Excellence Award

Program administrators may nominate one student for this award annually. Nominees must show evidence of professional promise, have a record of extracurricular activities or other contributions to the college or community, and demonstrate consistent excellent performance in the clinical setting for at least two semesters. The winner is selected by the Education Committee and recognized during the Student Luncheon at the Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress.

  • The nomination process opens in March.

Student Mentoring Program at Assembly of School Faculty

This program consists of a one-day mentoring experience at the February Assembly of School Faculty for students who are interested in becoming nurse anesthesia educators. Students are mentored by experienced CRNA educators other than their own faculty.

  • Only one student who has been recommended by their program director is accepted from each nurse anesthesia program.
  • Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors, and are paired with a student who is not enrolled in their program.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2018.

Delegate to the Education Committee

There are two delegates to the committee who each serve two-year terms. One delegate is elected every year at the Assembly of School Faculty in February. Delegates must be CRNAs who spend at least 50% of their time in the didactic and/or clinical instruction of nurse anesthesia students at the time of application.  During their tenure on the committee, they must:

  • Be continuously involved in the didactic and/or clinical instruction of nurse anesthesia students.
  • Attend the February Assembly of School Faculty and Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress during both years of their term.
  • Attend Education Committee meetings and conference calls for the two-year term which begins immediately following the AANA Annual Congress in the year elected.
  • The application process opens in Fall 2018.

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