Login to myESAIC Membership


The ESAIC is dedicated to supporting professionals in anaesthesiology and intensive care by serving as the hub for development and dissemination of valuable educational, scientific, research, and networking resources.



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.


Professional Growth

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.


EU Projects

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.


Patient Safety

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.



Becoming a member of ESAIC implies becoming a part of a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 professionals who exchange best practices and stay updated on the latest developments in anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine. ESAIC membership equips you with the tools and resources necessary to enhance your daily professional routine, nurture your career growth, and play an active role in advancing anaesthesiology, intensive care and perioperative medicine.

Membership opportunities
at the ESAIC

Newsletter 2021

Newsletter March 2021: My TEP experience

Dr Inês Valdoleiros

Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Aveiro, Portugal



Having recently finished my training in anaesthesia in Portugal, after several years of dedicated study and hard work, I still felt like there was a lot to learn. That is one of the pivotal things about being a doctor – and anaesthesia, of course, is no exception – no matter how hard you work and study, there is still a world of knowledge and experience before you. So, as much as I was feeling proud and accomplished (and shall I say, a little relieved) to finish my training, as I browsed through the ESAIC Trainee Exchange Program, I found myself eager for this new adventure.

I had never worked abroad during my training and I believed that it would be a truly eye-opening and enriching opportunity. As I browsed through the well-known excellence centres available and the various subspecialties proposed, the choice was no easy task! Eventually, I came up with a decision: to broaden my knowledge in ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia in Cork University Hospital (CUH), which I had heard so many wonderful things about.

I was delighted to find out that I had been accepted for this exchange program and could not wait to start it! But then when the pandemic hit Europe and the numbers kept escalating, there was a lot of uncertainty and I was not sure if I would be able to actually go. Experiencing this exchange during a world pandemic was quite a challenge and at some points, I must confess I wondered whether I was making the right decision. During summer the numbers seemed favourable in my country and in my department, everything was under control, so I decided to go ahead with it.  Eventually, with the crucial help of my host, Dr Gabriella Iohom, whose support I am extremely grateful to, everything went according to plan and I arrived in Cork to start my adventure for the next three months.

After a mandatory quarantine, I was ready to start my exchange! My expectations were certainly exceeded. Everyone was more than welcoming and willing to help. Most of my time in CUH was spent in the Block Room. This is a fully equipped room adjacent to two operating rooms for trauma and orthopaedic surgery. Patients undergoing surgery are admitted into this room and prepared for their surgery. But the Block Room can also be used for other procedures, such as analgesic blocks in emergency department patients (for example, patients with rib fractures). Numerous single-shot and continuous peripheral guided blocks are performed here, ultrasound-guided, of course, for anaesthetic and analgesic purposes. Venous and arterial catheterisations are also executed, as well as neuraxial anaesthesia and/or analgesia. I also had the opportunity to perform several peripheral nerve blocks in the emergency department and in patients undergoing elective surgery, such as plastic hand surgery and breast surgery.

Working abroad and outside one’s native language is always a challenge that can appear intimidating (especially with all the accents!), however, I must say I never felt uncomfortable because every staff member always made sure to make me feel part of the team. I met amazing people. I enjoyed working with all the consultants and am grateful for their availability to teach me and clarify my doubts whenever I needed it. I would also like to thank Dr Martón Deli and Dr Aogán Ó Muircheartaigh, with whom I worked closely most of my days. Thank you for all the help and the knowledge shared, but especially, thank you for the positive work environment. It was lovely working with you and Nurse Stacey Cleere. Being hosted by Dr Gabriella Iohom was a pleasure, she was always very kind, available and most helpful. I would not have been able to complete the exchange program without her support.

Social distancing played its part during all this exchange, unfortunately, but the CUH Anaesthesia Trainees group was a truly outstanding one. I could not, for the life of me, have imagined that so many social distanced initiatives could have been so much fun! There was a pumpkin carving contest, various photo contests, socially distanced runs and even a weekly pool to become “anaesthesiologist of the week”, not to mention all the homemade baking and sweets regularly available in the break room. One should not brag, but I cannot help but mention I was an anaesthesiologist of the week once. I bring with me many fond memories. Thank you all for making my stay in Cork unforgettable!

Back home in Portugal, where the third wave of the pandemic has been hitting us so brutally, hard-work and dark times are what await me every day at the hospital.  With the ICUs overflowing with patients, morale is difficult to keep up. I long for the day when all these gloomy days lay behind us and we can meet properly for a “pint in a pub”! For the time being, I send you a big virtual hug and many thanks.


Read More of our Monthly newsletter.

Read More of our special newsletter covering our virtual congress.

Visit our COVID-19 Resource Hub for other news and resources.