Education Opportunities for Educators

Student Mentoring Program at Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators (ADCE)

(formerly known as Assembly of School Faculty)

Deadline extended to December 18th – don’t miss out!

This program consists of a one-day mentoring experience at the February Assembly of Didactic and Clinical Educators 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.

Please refer to the brochure for details. Simply e-mail the Education department at to nominate a student and/or sign up as a mentor by December 18, 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 Didactic and Clinical Educators 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 Didactic and Clinical Educators and AANA 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 Education Committee Delegate Application process is now open. Submissions are due by January 7, 2019.

Anesthesia College Bowl and CRNA Challenge Team

The very lively College Bowl is held annually at the AANA 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. The student nomination process is closed.
  • Didactic and clinical faculty sign up 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.

Getting Help

AANA Peer Assistance Helpline for drugs/alcohol concerns
24/7 confidential live support and resources for CRNAs/SRNAs

AFSP Suicide Hotline
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Hotline

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
Support, resources and referrals by trained support specialists

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