Janusz Andres | Chair Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology (CEEA)
Thirty years ago, on 28 May 1986, the Foundation for European Education in Anaesthesiology (FEEA) was officially established by Professors J. Spierdijk, P. Scherpereel, G. Rolly, and G. Hanegreefs. In 2009 FEEA joined the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and became the Committee for European Education in Anaesthesiology (CEEA). Professors P. Scherpeerel, C. Gomar, and K. Lebedinskii served as FEEA/CEEA chairpersons in the past with Prof. J. Andres acting as current CEEA Chairman and Prof. G. Lebuffe as Chairman-Elect. The aim of CEEA is to provide continuing education for anaesthesiologists in order to improve their professional practice. The special CEEA 30-Year Anniversary session chaired by Carmen Gomar and Philippe Scherpereel is planned during Euroanaesthesia in London with the following speakers: Janusz Andres – The Role of CEEA Courses in Harmonising CME/CPD, Konstantin M. Lebedinskii – The Update Format of CEEA Courses, and Charles Marc Samama – What makes a CEEA course good? Another continuous medical education (CME) session with CEEA courses as life-long learning is planned during the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists together with CEEA’s directors meeting 1 September 2016 in Hong Kong on the 30–Year Anniversary of the establishment of CEEA.
CEEA courses are a modern tool for harmonizing CME in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine worldwide based on 30 years educational experience, teaching tradition, and country-adapted local flexibility. They are enhanced by development of modern educational approach and the future opportunities for life-long learning and recertification in anaesthesiology in cooperation with national anaesthesia societies, ESA, and WFSA. CEEA Course calendar with a 6-module cycle covers all aspects of our specialty: anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, emergency medicine, and pain therapy. The CEEA refresher courses are a unique opportunity for all anaesthesiologists including trainees and specialists to discuss and share their experience in face-to-face professional exchange and flexibility allowing relevant lectures on the same topic in different places in the world. After completing the 6-module cycle – usually within 3 to 6 years – the CEEA participant receives the final CEEA/ESA/WFSA Certificate. The CEEA courses programme was last revised in February 2014 and is now subject to annual revision and the employment of modern options and trends in education such as operational knowledge approach and team-based learning.
CEEA courses are held throughout the year in many independent centres in the majority of European countries and across the world including Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, and Nepal (Figure 1).
Countries with currently active CEEA Centres along with the number of CEEA courses (Figure 2) and number of participants (Figure 3) per country in 2015 are presented below:
Analysis of the existing CEEA system recognized strong branding of the CEEA name. The programme has a good educational format that is easy to adapt to local CME credits and open to all anaesthesiologists. Many opportunities for further development of CEEA, such as building recertification in anaesthesiology in Europe, with CEEA as one of the pillars of CME, and setting the standards for anaesthesiology and critical care with the support of ESA, NASC, and WFSA as well as local anaesthesia organizations and universities, have been recognized. This view was confirmed by the majority of ESA Council and NASC members in the recent survey, which showed that in most European countries CEEA courses are known (Figure 4).
Figure 5 shows answers of ESA Council and NASC members concerning the potential to develop the CEEA courses as CME/CPD and recertification in anaesthesiology.
The most popular forms of CME/CPD activities in the opinions of ESA Council and NASC members are presented on Figure 6. Please note that courses, including CEEA courses, are the most popular forms of CME/CPD activities among anaesthesiologists just after the congresses.
The CEEA/ESA Committee is convinced that CEEA courses will develop further as a CME, CPD, and life-long learning programme in anaesthesiology and intensive care medicine in Europe and beyond based on 30 years educational experience and the great potential of ESA and WFSA as well as local anaesthesia societies. We do hope to see CEEA Directors, CEEA course participants, as well as CME readers interested in this ESA Newsletter at our sessions in London and Hong Kong later this year to celebrate our 30-Year Anniversary.