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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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Exchange Programme (EP)

The ESAIC Exchange Programme facilitates European medical professionals’ access to top training centres for advanced learning in anaesthesiology, intensive care, and pain medicine, enhancing skills to benefit their home centres.

ESAIC Exchange Programme Application

Applicant must be an ESAIC Active/Trainee Member actively working in Europe (as defined by the World Health Organisation) at the time of the deadline.

Applicant must be resident or specialist.

Resident/Young Specialist – no less than a 3rd-year Trainee and young specialist in their first 5 years.

Specialist – no less than a 4th-year Specialist or more senior.

  • Please check the Application Guide and Checklist before you apply using the Application Form. The Guide and Checklist have been specially designed to help your application process and contain essential information.
  • Selected applicants will be required to write an article for the ESAIC eNewsletter describing their experience upon completion of the training period, within 1 month after finishing the training.

Read the experiences from the past years applicant of the EXCHANGE Programme in the March 2024 Newsletter!

The call for applications is now open until 30 June, 2024. Successful candidates will be able to run their exchange programme in 2025.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about funding?

The ESAIC Exchange Programmes are open to European residents and specialists who are interested and are successful in securing a scholarship, educational grant, or can afford their travel expenses, accommodation etc.

Hospitals/universities are strongly encouraged to offer their residents/specialists paid permits to facilitate these exchanges with the understanding that these will be of benefit to the fellow but also to the Home institution. Some Host centers also provide relevant information on affiliated accommodation facilities.

The ESAIC will allot a budget (to be defined on an annual basis) to support residents and specialists working in the European Lower and Upper-Middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank classification). Please note that the support offered is a symbolic amount which will not be sufficient to cover the travel, board, and living costs in the Host country. Eligible applicants can ‘flag’ the option of receiving this support at the time of their application.

Medical Tourism: Training in another country

Particularly in the UK, trainees in anaesthesiology or intensive care often spend a year training in another country. This was known as the “BTA” which used to mean “Been to America” and now more often means “Been to Australia”. Well-chosen training posts were often formative, with advantage to the sending center, the trainee, and the center that received the trainee. However these “years out” could often be more of a tourist opportunity, and much of the learning takes place in the first 3 months. Since the UK, North America, and Oz (Australia) have approximately the same language, such transfers are easy.

Benefits for home and abroad

For Europe, we propose a more concentrated and formative scheme.

Selected residents and specialists will be put in contact with centers chosen to offer excellent training in specific topics. We believe that after the exchange a resident or specialist will absorb a great deal of new clinical experience, and return with new skills and enthusiasm, ready to pass the benefits on to other colleagues at home.



Before commencing an educational experience at the designated center, applicants are asked to consult https://www.who.int/emergencies/situations to ascertain whether any health emergencies or humanitarian crises are occurring at destination. ESAIC does not assume responsibility for any incidents incurred during travel whose consequences cannot be covered by the AIG Travel insurance provided.

Do I have to speak the local language of the center I am applying to?

This depends on the host center. In the list of host centers, it is indicated which languages are required in order for you to carry out the exchange.

Host Center Application

Identifying centers willing and capable to support this programme and to accept one or more residents/specialists for up to three months at a time is a critical component of this programme. The ESAIC is always actively recruiting well known, recognised centres with a large volume of clinical activity and excellent facilities for teaching. Applications should be made to the ESAIC Secretariat (by means of a specific form – see below) Exchange Programme Committee. The allocation will be carried out by the Exchange Programme Committee, and the Board will be closely monitoring the success of the scheme.

For this project to be successful, it will be essential to offer exchange programmes of a variety that will attract and educate the candidates. We expect that exchange programme participants will be future leaders, who retain links with, and affection for, their previous training center!

Interested in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care?

The ESAIC is proud to announce its collaboration with the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EACTAIC) in providing high-quality training and education to prepare young professionals working in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia.

We invite all residents and specialists who are interested in the perioperative care of patients undergoing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery and related interventional procedures to visit EACTAIC Exchange Programme Webpage.