The UW-Madison Department of Anesthesiology launched a rotation for senior Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) to expand their anesthesia experiences with a variety of cases and help encourage autonomy.
The new rotation commenced in January 2022 with a month-long rotation at UW Health at East Madison Hospital and University Hospital providing exposure to Orthopedic, Spine, Endocrine, Bariatric, and General surgery cases. The SRNA program accepts 1-2 students per month and has already expanded to include American Family Children’s Hospital. This rotation opportunity is available to junior and senior students. The program is led by Neil Brauner, CRNA, Education Team Lead, and SRNA Clinical Site Coordinator. Brauner explains “the program advances the Department’s mission of providing excellence in clinical practice, education, and research.” He adds “Students will gain a wide breadth of experience with a large case variety and complex patients.”
SRNAs are recruited from Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare School of Anesthesia, University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Brauner reports that “the first annual site visit for the La Crosse SRNA program provided us with incredibly positive feedback”. Students evaluated us on 6 aspects of the rotation including clinical experience, atmosphere for learning, appropriate supervision, faculty support of their education, and whether evaluations were fair and conducive to improvement and effective teaching. “I am very happy to say that we received a 4.92 out of 5!” said Brauner. Our partners at UW La Crosse also shared that “word of mouth” from past participants has led to continued rotation requests.
An extensive list of both CRNAs and faculty physicians were recognized by students as being outstanding instructors: Dr. Kristin Bevil, Dr. de Oliveria Dias, Dr. Laura Hammel, Dr. Jonathan Kay, Dr. Micah Long, Dr. Tony Nguyen, Dr. Adrian Pichurko, Neil Brauner, CRNA, Shelby Beattie, CRNA, Hannah Sleep, CRNA; Katrina Williams, CRNA; Natasha Baker, CRNA; Dawn Konop-Sage, CRNA; Andrew Perkins, CRNA; and Anna Kunde, CRNA. “This list includes people from each of the three hospital locations” notes Katrina Williams, CRNA.
“Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to these students’ education!” adds Brauner.
For more information on Clinical Anesthetist Programs. If you have questions about the SRNA program please contact Neil Brauner.