52 episodes

This podcast is for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants, AA students and anyone hoping to become one. As a CAA, I know how difficult it can be to find guidance that includes our unique point of view. I created Awakened Anesthetist to be the supportive community of CAAs I had needed on my own journey. Every month I feature CAA expanders in what I call my PROCESS interview series and I create wellness episodes that demystify practices you have previously assumed could never work for "someone like you".  Through it all you will discover the power you hold as a CAA to create a life by design rather that default. I know you will find yourself here at Awakened Anesthetist Podcast. 

Awakened Anesthetist Mary Jeanne, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

This podcast is for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants, AA students and anyone hoping to become one. As a CAA, I know how difficult it can be to find guidance that includes our unique point of view. I created Awakened Anesthetist to be the supportive community of CAAs I had needed on my own journey. Every month I feature CAA expanders in what I call my PROCESS interview series and I create wellness episodes that demystify practices you have previously assumed could never work for "someone like you".  Through it all you will discover the power you hold as a CAA to create a life by design rather that default. I know you will find yourself here at Awakened Anesthetist Podcast. 

    Season 3 Finale: Reflections and Interviews LIVE from AAAA 2024

    Season 3 Finale: Reflections and Interviews LIVE from AAAA 2024

    In the Season 3 finale of Awakened Anesthetist Podcast wander with me through the buzzing AAAA 2024 conference halls and catch my takeaways after I return home. You'll get to eavesdrop on spontaneous chats with CAAs from all points along the journey. From the student who shares the resilience needed to thrive in the OR, to a practicing CAA's insight into work-life balance and financials. We're throwing out the rules of propriety and candidly discussing salaries, transcripts and schedules, bec...

    • 56 min
    What To Do Before You Do a BIG Thing

    What To Do Before You Do a BIG Thing

    As a CAA I know you have faced many make or break moments. But, how did you make it through? When I reflect on my near 2 decades as a CAA and all the challenges I have overcome, I can see a framework develop as my "pre-game" ritual if you will. Of course your hard thing is not always about professional challenges- weddings, babies, coming out journeys, first days, last days, and everything in between. CAAs are uniquely pursuing their best lived lives and that generally means we are lean...

    • 26 min
    Finding Balance and Overcoming Addiction: A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant's Journey ft. Kelsey Koehler

    Finding Balance and Overcoming Addiction: A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant's Journey ft. Kelsey Koehler

    Kelsey Koehler, CAA bravely shares the darker moments of her life, including a personal struggle with alcohol that led to 2 DUIs a week apart. Her story is a beacon for CAAs, illuminating the stark reality of substance misuse in our community. Her proactive approach to recovery and commitment to transparency with the Missouri state medical board and her own support circle exemplify the profound strength it takes to rebuild a life.In our candid discussion, we move beyond Kelsey's individ...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    BONUS: Mastering AA School Admissions: Expert Advice for Aspiring Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

    BONUS: Mastering AA School Admissions: Expert Advice for Aspiring Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

    Happy CAA Week 2024 to all my fellow CAAs, AA students and those who hope to be one soon! As a special gift to this community I am answering your most frequently asked questions- spoiler* they are always about the AA admissions process! This is not my area of expertise, so I asked my latest PROCESS guest, Sarah Whitfield, to stick around after her episode and record this BONUS episode. We dive deep into the AA school admissions process and give you the insider knowledge you won't find anywher...

    • 18 min
    [PROCESS] Embracing Career Transitions ft. Aspiring CAA founder Sarah Whitfield, CAA

    [PROCESS] Embracing Career Transitions ft. Aspiring CAA founder Sarah Whitfield, CAA

    Sarah Whitfield is a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant, full time faculty instructor, blogger, wife, mother and entrepreneur. Sarah's story from her initial veterinary ambitions to her leadership in the anesthesiologist assistant field, illustrates that the road to career satisfaction isn't always a straight line. In this episode we explore the nuances of Sarah's life between clinical practice, teaching, and guiding future CAAs with her mentorship platform, Aspiring CAA.Sarah's journey is ...

    • 46 min
    Transatlantic Tales of a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant ft. Mark Leonard, CAA

    Transatlantic Tales of a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant ft. Mark Leonard, CAA

    In this first PROCESS interview of 2024, I sit down with the extraordinary Mark Leonard, whose career leap from the UK's Anesthesia Associate to an American Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant is nothing short of inspirational. Mark candidly shares his insider knowledge on his significant roles within the CAA profession, from his hands-on clinical work to spearheading simulation program development and teaching regional anesthesia to CAAs. This episode isn't just Mark's personal story; it's ...

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

RandyAVA89 ,

Finally!

Thankful to finally have a podcast representing the CAA profession. It’s been quite enjoyable hearing some familiar voices tell the stories of their legislative efforts, and how our profession is expanding. Keep up the good work!

Zombot2000 ,

Amazing!

Mary Jeanne cares about the CAA profession and the well-being of her fellow CAA colleagues. She also cares about prospective students and I love how she uses this podcast to be a guiding light for those who are navigating their way to the CAA profession.

I love the mindfulness exercises and appreciate the process episodes to learn about all the different ways people have become CAAs.

Keep doing what you’re doing! Because it’s amazing!

Usnestx ,

Awesome content

Prospective CAA and found this podcast super helpful and informative! Thank you so much for making this for the community— especially incoming students like me. Very articulate and interesting to listen to as well. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of your podcasts!

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