Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA)
Anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) are highly educated allied health professionals who work under the direction of an anesthesiologist to help implement the anesthetic plan as prescribed by the anesthesiologist. AAs are trained through master’s degree professional programs in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. AAs can be thought of as similar to physician assistants, except that they work exclusively with anesthesiologists and practicing independently or in a primary care setting is NOT included in the AAs scope of practice. AAs usually practice in a hospital setting that uses an Anesthesia Care Team approach and are always supervised by anesthesiologists.