MAAA Mission

The Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (MAAA) is a nonprofit organization and a component society of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Our mission includes political advocacy of the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession, commitment to the higest educational standards, and fundamental support of the Anesthesia Care Team.

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Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Career

A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) is a highly skilled healthcare professional who works under the direction of a licensed physician Anesthesiologist. A CAA works exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) model as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). CAAs are responsible for pre-operative patient care such as obtaining or reviewing past medical history and medications, performing physical examination, and recording other pertinent information for review by an Anesthesiologist. Prior to the delivery of anesthesia, the supervising Anesthesiologist and CAA discuss the anesthetic plan. Intra-operatively, CAAs are responsible for establishing noninvasive and invasive routine monitoring modalities as delegated by the responsible Anesthesiologist. They assist in inducing, maintaining anesthetic levels, administering adjunctive treatments, and providing continuity of anesthetic care into and during the postoperative recovery period. CAAs are permitted to perform regional anesthesia techniques and place invasive monitors. These aspects of CAA practice depend on the discretion of the supervising Anesthesiologist, policies and procedures of the Department of Anesthesiology, and standards set by the facility credentialing committee. CAAs are also responsible in performing evaluation and interventional procedures during life-threatening situations such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation based on established protocols; including, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

Employing CAAs

Are you interested in exploring opportunities to incorporate Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants in your anesthesia practice? We can answer your questions and connect you to the right individuals. Please use our contact form at the bottom of the page.

Professional Membership

This is an exciting time for the Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants! As employment opportunities in Missouri continue to grow, so does the number of CAAs working in the state. MAAA membership has experienced exponential growth over the past year as more CAAs understand the value of professional membership. The MAAA is the only organization entirely committed to the support and promotion of Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants in Missouri. The MAAA desires that every CAA practicing in Missouri will strongly consider membership involvement. The Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants is fully committed to adding value to 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. To renew your membership or join us for the first time, click the “Professional Membership” link above.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Education

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 (CAAHEP) and include a minimum of 24 months in a Master's level graduate program. The programs must be based in collaboration with a university that has a medical school and academic physician Anesthesiologist faculty. Students spend an average of 600 hours of classroom and laboratory education, 2600 hours of clinical anesthesia education, and administer more than 600 anesthetics. These anesthetics include all types of surgery. Faculty members for the basic sciences are university-based professors and instructors. Faculty for the supervised clinical practice portion of the educational program must include physicians and AAs based within the department of anesthesiology, but also may include other health professionals who are experienced in their disciplines. Upon completion of an accredited AA program, a student may become certified by passing the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants examination (NCCAA). Performance information for test items and the overall exam are provided by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). An Anesthesiologist Assistant is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) upon successful completion of an accredited Anesthesiologist Assistant program and passing a national certification exam. Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAA)s are then licensed or otherwise sanctioned to practice anesthesia in the state under the direction of licensed Anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans.

CAA vs CRNA

Learn about the similarities and differences between Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Membership Benefits

What does the MAAA do for members? 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 the Anesthesiologist Assistant's professional footprint throughout the state and increase job opportunities The MAAA is actively involved in meeting with legislators to support and promote licensure bills to expand CAA practice in closed states Members are updated on state/national political or legislative action that can affect CAA practice and provide tools to make an impact The MAAA provides a direct connection to the AAAA Relevant anesthesia lecture made available during the MAAA meeting held at the annual MSA meeting Licensure fees reduced by 50% for CAAs through combined efforts by the MAAA and Missouri AA commission Members have the ability to vote and hold executive/board positions. Provides networking possibilities with other CAAs from the state

Officers and Directors

Maggie Riffel, CAA

President

    Meggan McCue, CAA

    Vice President

      Matt Vlach, CAA

      Secretary

        Stephen Whitesides, CAA

        Treasurer

          Amanda Sharp, CAA

          Membership

            Tyler Werth, CAA

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              Board of Directors

              Katie Drew, CAA : Mary Roberts, CAA : Gina Phillips, CAA

                Adam Petersen, CAA

                Political Representative

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