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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 2022

Newsletter May 2022: The new National Trainees Committee of Greece

Georgios Karras
Trainee Representative

The Hellenic Anaesthesiology Trainees Society (H.A.T.S.) has been proudly part of the ESAIC Trainee Network since 2017. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we aimed to establish an official connection with our European colleagues and within our National Society. These goals were also presented at the Euroanaesthesia 2020 Virtual Congress.

During the 24th National Congress of Greek Anaesthesiologists, the board of the Hellenic Society of Anaesthesiology embraced the idea of the past NTR, Anna Gkiouliava, and helped us organise our first online elections.

The recently established Hellenic Trainees Committee consists of 3 members: the new NTR Anastasios Antonogiannakis, the deputy NTR, Eleftheria Saoulidou, and member Georgios Karras. We are all motivated, young trainees who wish to promote scientific development and create a powerful network of Greek Trainees. The Committee is part of and supported by the Hellenic Society of Anaesthesiology, the National Society representing Greece within the ESAIC. The H.A.T.S. has direct communication with the National Society through our NTR and they represent us directly to all governmental bodies that they communicate with.

In the past years, after a long period of the financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of anaesthesiologists in Greece has been amplified. This resulted in major issues in our daily practice of anaesthesia such as long working hours, extra shifts, and restriction of research and educational activities.

The support from the government has been limited but we aim high, and we aim to achieve the improvement of the Trainees’ well-being and professional development. We have already addressed a letter to the Ministry of Health, and after a nationwide open questionnaire among trainees, we will address again the unresolved issues, along with the National Society.

So far, with the coordinated actions of the Hellenic Society of Anaesthesiology, legislation was adjusted to promote young Anaesthesiologists entering the National Health System and an allowance was set for the upcoming year to motivate young doctors to choose our speciality.

Training for anaesthesiology in Greece lasts 5 years; at least 6 months of this period in an ICU. Also in 2022, the Greek government allowed physicians from other specialities to apply for anaesthesiology as a second speciality.

We have used the power of social media: we created a new Facebook Page and a new Instagram account, to be able to make announcements and keep in touch easily. We have also started a special private group of direct communication, with Trainee members, one from each group of hospitals. Each university or tertiary general hospital is leading a small group of nearby smaller hospitals, and this group covers all educational aspects. These different ways of communication will help us be always updated on the most important issues of the Hellenic Trainees.

We welcome you to our social media: facebook.com/Hellenic.trainees and instagram.com/Hellenic.trainees where we speak mostly Greek but will get back to you and find a way to keep in touch. We had a great start, and we managed to reach more than 4000 people in just 3 months and we gained 180 organic followers.

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