I'm evidently in btbam's just-graduated class and don't have a position. For those of us who don't have positions yet, a lot of it is that some of us have geographic limitations due to owning property, family obligations, etc.
Others of us don't want to work in Atlanta since the salaries are lower due to oversupply, and AA's have been having a difficult time expanding out west where some all-MD groups want to convert to ACT and not hire CRNA's. Oversupply can lead to labor issues, and anesthesia providers generally don't collectively bargain like other hospital employees can.
Nevada, Utah, and Colorado, in particular, are heavily staffed by MD's. Nevada is 6:1 MD:CRNA right now, and many all-MD groups want to use AA's to hedge against the reducing medicare reimbursements. Unfortunately, our nursing colleagues don't want us to gain licensure in those states, so the AANA pockets state legislators with cash. It is also a numbers game. There are not a lot of AA's like me who want to relocate, and schools like Emory need to address this. If schools focus on accepting students wanting to relocate, that would do wonders to expanding AA practice.
I do have an offer that I am sitting on here in Georgia, but I'd rather go elsewhere.
I question btbam's judgement here considering this person theoretically, unless they read other's clinical comments and grades, shouldn't know the clinical ability of their classmates well enough to make such a statement, and like they said above...gossip is gossip.
And...now I sound like an AA trolling an AA board. btbam otherwise is offering great advice and info on the board, but here I think this is a lapse.