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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: Facebook vs Textbook scrolling sprinkled with education

Can social media benefit our knowledge and enhance education? Is a 60-second video enough to deliver knowledge to a healthcare professional? Can scrolling help our studying sessions, or is it just another trick from our instant gratification monkey that lures us away from the textbook? Questions like these arise when considering the valuable time we can allocate to the learning process we follow.  

The use of social media in the general public has grown exponentially during the last few years.1 A recent survey showed that an interesting percentage of people, 30% to be exact, use the most popular social media platforms as their primary news source.2 It might be logical to think that younger doctors consume medical information partly from online sources. However, some of these sources could be considered not so reputable, even though they are easily accessible. 

A study of 234 pharmacy students who used a popular online photo-sharing social platform showed no direct evidence of improvement in examination scores. Another study in the USA regarding social media use amongst departments offering regional anaesthesia fellowship programmes concluded a lack of R.A.-related content and even less information available regarding their programmes.  

Even though photos and videos are an absolute visual aid in understanding concepts like anatomy, video watching remains a passive learning experience lacking student-teacher interaction capability. A university in Colombia conducted a study to analyse the number of anesthesiology trainees interacting with an Instagram account from a reputable source. This university used an anaesthesiology expert to supervise a team of trainees, creating relevant posts. They concluded that even though users react to the posted content, it is not certain that they adequately retain the passively obtained knowledge.4 Anyone can create material within the terms and conditions of a site, which leads to misinformation, lack of quality control, and difficulty in recognising it, especially among non-experts. 

Well-known textbook publishers provide links within their books that lead to explanatory videos or interactive, relevant content. Scientific communities have increased the number of online webinars and, in general, live broadcasting sessions of educational content since the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, freelance content creators post short videos and advertise themselves or material for sale. Medical professionals try to support each other by sharing open-access material, commonly found by looking for FOAMed, which stands for Free Open Access Medical Education, a movement of generous individuals who use accessible online resources to share educational content.4 But in an ocean of information, some is generously offered. How can someone distinguish high-quality content from an ad in disguise?  

In 2016, emergency medicine residents declared that they implemented knowledge from podcasts in their clinical practice.5. There is indeed credible knowledge available; ESAIC, for example, has a podcast series with carefully selected speakers who offer their expertise for free through various platforms; 6. In addition, the rest of the online educational activities are available. However, since the internet is full of unfiltered pieces of information, here are some tools and procedures to help you evaluate the credibility of your sources. You may try the CRAAP test.7,8 This is a list of questions to help you decide whether a source is reliable and credible enough for the academic purpose you are looking for. The CRAAP test is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose, and it was developed by librarians at California State University-Chico. That way, you might question the importance, reliability, correctness, truthfulness, and reason for the existence of that particular information.  

Theoretically, you can use social media for education, extend your horizons, create connections with other scientists, listen to anyone’s storytelling, or even relax by allowing yourself to be influenced by some of these online personas. In reality, though, we should stay vigilant and alert, especially when people’s lives are affected by our knowledge’s accuracy and consequent actions or the lack thereof. 


  1. Hong J, Siddique U, Echevarria G, Patel A, Lai YH, Pai BHP. A cross-sectional study on the utilisation of social media by regional anaesthesia and acute pain medicine fellowship programs in the United States. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol. 2023 Oct-Dec;39(4):571-576. doi: 10.4103/joacp.joacp_149_23. Epub 2023 Dec 20. PMID: 38269162; PMCID: PMC10805201. 
  2. Coster, H. (2023, November 15). More TikTok users turning to the app for news, Pew study shows. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/more-tiktok-users-turning-app-news-pew-study-shows-2023-11-15/ 
  3. Douglas, N.K.M., Scholz, M., Myers, M.A. et al. Reviewing the Role of Instagram in Education: Can a Photo Sharing Application Deliver Benefits to Medical and Dental Anatomy Education?. Med.Sci.Educ. 29, 1117–1128 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-019-00767-5  
  4. Amaya, Sebastian & Gutiérrez Pérez, Martha & Murillo, Marcelino & Valle, Anacaona & Fayad, Nashla. (2023). Influencing Learning: How Instagram can Play a Role in Anesthesia Education. Update in Anaesthesia. 10.1029/WFSA-D-22-00003.  
  5. Riddell J, Swaminathan A, Lee M, Mohamed A, Rogers R, Rezaie SR. A Survey of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Use of Educational Podcasts. West J Emerg Med. 2017 Feb;18(2):229-234. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2016.12.32850. Epub 2017 Jan 30. PMID: 28210357; PMCID: PMC5305130. 
  6. https://www.esaic.org/education/education-tuesday/podcasts/ 
  7. Hill Renirie, R. Online Research: CRAAP Test. Central Michigan University Libraries. https://libguides.cmich.edu/web_research/craap (Accessed March 2nd, 2024) 
  8. Medical Students Resource Guide. Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center. https://guides.dml.georgetown.edu/medstudents/eval (Accessed March 2nd, 2024) 


  • Georgios (George) Karras (MD, MSc) – Trainee Representative & Social Networks Coordinator of the European Society of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care (ESAIC) Trainees Committee. Resident of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacologist, Bioethicist, Hippokrates’ General Hospital of Thessaloniki, GR-54642 Thessaloniki, Greece.