The AA Profession

What is an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA)?


Anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) are skilled health professionals who work under the direction of an anesthesiologist to develop and implement anesthesia care plans. AAs work exclusively within the anesthesia care team model as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

All AAs have completed premedical coursework, a baccalaureate degree, and must graduate from an accredited AA program. This comprehensive didactic and clinical training program fulfills the requirements for awarding a Master of Medical Science degree. AAs participate in the provision of all types of anesthesia including administering drugs, obtaining vascular access, applying and interpreting monitors, establishing and maintaining the patient's airway, and assisting with preoperative assessment and postoperative care.

For more information about the anesthesiologist assistant profession and facts about AAs, visit the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants website (www.anesthetist.org) or the American Society of Anesthesiologists website (www.asahq.org).