MSA program celebrates second graduating class

The 2011 graduates from the UMKC School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Anesthesia Program are (left to right) Christine Glennon, Rebecca Hoye, Anna Martinez and Joshua Leet.

The School of Medicine celebrated its second class of graduates from the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program on Saturday, May 7, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

This year’s graduates include Christine Glennon, Rebecca Hoye, Joshua Leet and Anna Martinez. For the second straight year, each of the graduates will be joining hospitals in Missouri as anesthesiologist assistants: Glennon, St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis; Hoye, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters; Leet, Liberty Hospital in Liberty; and Martinez, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

The program is one of only seven MSA programs in the country and is the only program for anesthesiologist assistants housed within a medical school.

James Gibbons, M.D., assistant clinical professor of allied health and director of education for the department of anesthesiology at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, delivered the keynote address and Pam Carter, M.S.A., A.A.-C., ’10, a member of the program’s first graduating class, also spoke.

Melanie Guthrie, M.S.A., A.A.-C., assistant professor of anesthesiology and director of the School of Medicine’s MSA program, presented Martinez with the Student Ambassador Award and recognized Leet for his service as the student representative to the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants.

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