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The ESAIC hosts the Euroanaesthesia and Focus Meeting congresses that serve as platforms for cutting-edge science and innovation in the field. These events bring together experts, foster networking, and facilitate knowledge exchange in anaesthesiology, intensive care, pain management, and perioperative medicine. Euroanaesthesia is one of the world’s largest and most influential scientific congresses for anaesthesia professionals. Held annually throughout Europe, our congress is a contemporary event geared towards education, knowledge exchange and innovation in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, as well as a platform for immense international visibility for scientific research.


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The ESAIC's mission is to foster and provide exceptional training and educational opportunities. The ESAIC ensures the provision of robust and standardised examination and certification systems to support the professional development of anaesthesiologists and to ensure outstanding future doctors in the field of anaesthesiology and intensive care.



The ESAIC aims to advance patient outcomes and contribute to the progress of anaesthesiology and intensive care evidence-based practice through research. The ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN), the Academic Contract Research Organisation (A-CRO), the Research Groups and Grants all contribute to the knowledge and clinical advances in the peri-operative setting.

Learn more about the ESAIC Clinical Trial Network (CTN) and the associated studies.


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The ESAIC is actively involved as a consortium member in numerous EU funded projects. Together with healthcare leaders and practitioners, the ESAIC's involvement as an EU project partner is another way that it is improving patient outcomes and ensuring the best care for every patient.


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The ESAIC aims to promote the professional role of anaesthesiologists and intensive care physicians and enhance perioperative patient outcomes by focusing on quality of care and patient safety strategies. The Society is committed to implementing the Helsinki Declaration and leading patient safety projects.



To ESAIC is committed to implementing the Glasgow Declaration and drive initiatives towards greater environmental sustainability across anaesthesiology and intensive care in Europe.



The ESAIC works in collaboration with industry, national societies, and specialist societies to promote advancements in anaesthesia and intensive care. The Industry Partnership offers visibility and engagement opportunities for industry participants with ESAIC members, facilitating understanding of specific needs in anaesthesiology and in intensive care. This partnership provides resources for education and avenues for collaborative projects enhancing science, education, and patient safety. The Specialist Societies contribute to high-quality educational opportunities for European anaesthesiologists and intensivists, fostering discussion and sharing, while the National Societies, through NASC, maintain standards, promote events and courses, and facilitate connections. All partnerships collectively drive dialogue, learning, and growth in the anaesthesiology and intensive care sector.



Guidelines play a crucial role in delivering evidence-based recommendations to healthcare professionals. Within the fields of anaesthesia and intensive care, guidelines are instrumental in standardizing clinical practices and enhancing patient outcomes. For many years, the ESAIC has served as a pivotal platform for facilitating continuous advancements, improving care standards and harmonising clinical management practices across Europe.



With over 40 years of publication history, the EJA (European Journal of Anaesthesiology) has established itself as a highly respected and influential journal in its field. It covers a wide range of topics related to anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine, including perioperative medicine, pain management, critical care, resuscitation, and patient safety.



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Newsletter 2021

Newsletter January 2021: Belgian Anesthesia Trainees

The BAT (Belgian Anesthesia Trainees) is an independent organisation set up a few years ago to represent the interests of Belgian anaesthesia trainees in different institutions on different levels. Its primary aim is to unify and improve training on a national level. In this regard, we strive to give each trainee access to simulation training, loco-regional anaesthesia training and certified ALS courses. In order to ensure a well-rounded anaesthesia training, the BAT states that the following must be part of an anaesthesia program:

Preoperative skills

    • Knowledge of the preoperative management and preoperative consultation of a patient undergoing surgery.
    • A rotation in the emergency department, with pre-hospital interventions. In Flanders, this will be a mandatory part of the basic training. We strongly suggest equality in training between Flanders and Wallonia.

Perioperative skills

    • Basic knowledge of anaesthesia for all types of surgery and intervention (except cardiac surgery) for adult as well as paediatric patients. Some training in cardiac anaesthesia should be obtained. Specific technical skills are summarised further in the text.
    • Simulation and resuscitation training should be a major part of every resident’s training

Postoperative skills

    • Management of patients in the recovery room.
    • Knowledge of management of acute postoperative pain and experience with acute postoperative pain services.
    • A rotation in the (postoperative or mixed postoperative and medical) intensive care unit.
    • A rotation in the pain clinic. In Flanders, this will be a mandatory part of the basic training. We strongly suggest equality in training between Flanders and Wallonia.

Specific Technical skills

    • Single lung ventilation and thoracic surgery airway management: At least 25 cases of single lung ventilation, regardless of the lung isolation technique.

Echography in all its useful forms for the anaesthetist (vascular access – loco-regional anaesthesia – basic echocardiography)

    • Loco-regional anaesthesia: At least 25 of each of the 4 ‘basic’ nerve blocks (Popliteal, Femoral, Axillary and Interscalene) should be obtained after 5 years of training.
    • ALS training: This should be basic training for every resident. A yearly refreshment of resuscitation skills (possibly through simulation training) is strongly recommended.

Over last year, we have also tried to exchange scientific knowledge that might interest the Belgian trainee by having a virtual journal club every Monday in what we call ‘BAT PubMed Monday’. In this optic, we have succeeded in simplifying Belgian anaesthesia society memberships. By working together, we were able for the first time, to offer a 5-year membership for all the 5 Belgian anaesthesia societies at a reduced rate. This immense work now allows the Belgian trainee to easily become a member of the following societies:

  • The Society for Anesthesia and Resuscitation of Belgium (SARB)
  • L’Association Professionnelle Belge des Médecins Spécialistes en Anesthésie Réanimation / Belgische Beroepsvereniging van Artsen-Specialisten in Anesthesie en Reanimatie (BSAR/APSAR)
  • The Belgian Association for Regional Anesthesia (BARA)
  • The Belgian Association for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (BAPA)

And last but not least

  • The Belgian Anesthesia Trainees (BAT)

This is extremely important for junior trainees as it gives access to societies with different interests, therefore allowing a broad training.

For the BAT,

Shaun De Meirsman

Sarah Saxena









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