New Position Statement on International Clinical Experiences
At its June 2016 meeting, the COA developed a statement regarding students’ participation in international clinical experiences. The COA values international clinical experiences that are intended to be primarily learning-oriented with educational considerations taking precedence over any service delivery or revenue generation; however, international clinical experiences (i.e., cases, hours, procedures, and anesthesia time) cannot be counted towards COA case requirements. Though the COA will not be developing a formal mechanism for counting international clinical experiences, the COA and its International Issues Special Interest Group have developed a Position Statement on students’ international clinical experiences. Click here for more information
New Whistleblower Policy
The COA is committed to preventing reprisals against employees, volunteers, or any individuals associated with the COA who report activity undertaken by other COA employees or volunteers in connection with the performance of official COA activity that may be in violation of any state or federal law or related regulation, or the COA’s corporate accounting practices, internal financial controls, or audit. The COA’s “Whistleblower Policy,” which describes the procedures for handling these reported concerns, was revised at the June 2016 COA meeting. . Click here for more information
Transition of Nurse Anesthesia Programs to Award Doctoral Degrees
Nurse anesthesia programs continue to transition to awarding doctoral dgrees. Based on programs’ 2015 annual reports, the number of doctoral applications planned for submission from 2016 through 2019 has been identified. As of July 17, 2016, there are a total of 46 nurse anesthesia programs approved to offer entry-level doctoral degrees and 24 programs offering post-master’s doctoral degree completion programs for CRNAs. Sixty-nine programs remain to be approved to award doctoral degrees for entry into practice by the deadline of January 1, 2022.