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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.

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Newsletter March 2024: A journey of growth: My ESAIC trainee exchange at Amsterdam UMC

In the midst of global challenges and personal adversity, my journey with the European Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) Trainee Exchange Programme at Amsterdam University Medical Center became a beacon of professional development and resilience. The experience, which unfolded from 24 September to 22 October 2023, not only enriched my understanding of pain management services but also provided profound insights into cardiac and trauma surgeries, interventions, and the intricacies of anesthesia support.

The decision to choose Amsterdam UMC as my host center was made with great anticipation. Little did I know that the geopolitical landscape would shift dramatically, altering the course of my planned clinical observership. As Russia initiated an open war with Ukraine, my journey was momentarily postponed. The uncertainty surrounding my country’s safety was a stark reminder of the challenges we face as medical professionals amid global tensions.

Now, having navigated through the storm and with a stabilised situation back home, I find myself immersed in Amsterdam UMC’s rich medical environment. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine recognises the importance of professional growth and encourages doctors to seek valuable experiences abroad. My time here is not just a personal pursuit but a commitment to absorb the knowledge available at Amsterdam UMC and bring it back to elevate the healthcare standards in Ukraine.

During my clinical observership, I delved into various facets of medical practice, honing my skills in pain management services, cardiac surgeries, trauma interventions, and more. The operating room, a theatre of life-saving manoeuvres, became my classroom. Here, I witnessed the precision and expertise required in anaesthesia support for intricate surgeries, broadening my perspective on the role of an anesthesiologist.

One of the highlights of my experience was my exposure to echocardiography and regional anaesthesia. These specialised areas are crucial in ensuring patient safety and optimal outcomes. The hands-on learning and mentorship I received at Amsterdam UMC enhanced my proficiency in these fields, allowing me to bring advanced techniques back to my home institution.

Beyond the operating room, my journey extended to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Participating in patient rounds gave me a holistic view of postoperative care and the critical decisions made after complex surgeries. The exchange of ideas with seasoned professionals in the ICU setting broadened my understanding of patient management beyond the surgical domain.

The Simulator Lab, a hub for experiential learning, offered a unique dimension to my observership. Engaging in diverse simulation scenarios allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge in a risk-free environment. This hands-on experience was invaluable, refining my clinical understanding and enhancing my ability to confidently handle complex situations.

Reflecting on my time at Amsterdam UMC, I am grateful for the generosity and warmth extended by the medical fraternity. The collaborative spirit fostered a shared learning environment that transcended cultural and geographical boundaries. The camaraderie among local and international colleagues was a testament to the universal language of medicine, which unites us in our pursuit of excellence.

In conclusion, my ESAIC Trainee Exchange at Amsterdam UMC has been transformative. It is not merely a chapter in my professional journey but a testament to the resilience of the medical community in the face of adversity. The knowledge gained, the skills honed, and the friendships forged will be lasting pillars in my career. As I returned to Ukraine, I was filled with a renewed sense of purpose – to contribute, uplift, and continue the growth journey that this exchange has ignited.


  •   Volodymyr Suskyi (MD)