European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC): Report from the Examinations Committee 2015

European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC): Report from the Examinations Committee 2015

  • Issue 63

Zeev Goldik | ESA President

2015 Examinations Committee: Zeev Goldik (Chair) (IL), Eric Buchser (CH), Sue Hill (UK), Brian Sweeney (UK), Elisabeth Van Gessel (CH), Andrey Varvinskiy (UK).

2016 Examinations Committee: Sue Hill (Chair) (UK). Full 2016 Examinations Committee.

2015 Examinations Subcommittee Part I: Sue Hill (Chair) (UK), Pedro Amorim (PT), Luca Brazzi (IT), Jean-François Brichant (BE), Tobias Broecheler (DE), Serban Bubenek (RO), Evelyne Bucher (CH), Akos Csomos (HU), Ana Domínguez (ES), Zeev Goldik (IL), Vesna Novak Jankovic (SI), Ankie Koopman-van Gemert (NL), Peter Paal (UK), Svetlana Plamadeala (MD), Altan Sahin (TR), Andrey Varvinskiy (UK), Magdalena Wujtewicz (PL).

2016 Examinations Subcommittee Part I: Wolfram Engelhardt (Chair) (DE). Full 2016 Examinations Subcommittee Part I.

2015 Examinations Subcommittee Part II: Eric Buchser (Chair) (CH), Bazil Ateleanu (UK), Javier Belda Nacher (ES), Joerg Brederlau (DE), Zeev Goldik (IL), Jean-Jacques Lehot (FR), Else-Marie Ringvold (NO), Brian Sweeney (UK), Mario Zerafa (MT).

2016 Examinations Subcommittee Part II: Mario Zerafa (Chair) (MT). Full 2016 Examinations Subcommittee Part II.

2015 OLA Subcommittee: Sue Hill (Chair) (UK), Zekeriyya Alanoglu (TR), Nicolas Brogly (ES), Wolfram Engelhardt (DE), Zeev Goldik (IL), David Nagore Setién (ES), Paulo Sá Rodrigues (PT), Marcin Sicinski (UK), Armen Varosyan (AM).

2016 OLA Subcommittee: Armen Varosyan (Chair) (AM). Full 2016 OLA Subcommittee.


EDAIC Part I (written examination)

2,430 candidates sat Part I in 2015 compared to 2,335 in 2014 (an increase of 5.7%). Of the 2,430 candidates who sat Part I in 2015, 1,407 were successful and 1,023 failed, for an overall pass rate of 57.9%.

New Part I centres in 2015: Ankara, Buenos Aires, Maastricht, Salzburg, and Trondheim.


4.dr-christopher-g-2The candidate who obtained the highest scores in the Part I examination in 2015 is Dr. Christopher Gergely who did his Anaesthetics training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and is currently doing a cardiothoracic anaesthesia fellowship in Melbourne, Australia! He will be awarded the John Zorab Prize during the Euroanaesthesia 2016 Congress in London, United Kingdom. Many congratulations to him.

The next Part I examination will take place on Saturday 17 September 2016. Applications for the 2016 Part I examination and ITA will open in March 2016.

EDAIC Part I Centres; in 2016 new centres will open including Bilbao (Barakaldo).

More information on how to prepare for the exam is now available on our website with sample questions for Part I and Part II, as well as recommended readings.

Two E-learning modules related to examination preparation are available on the ESA E-learning Platform. To access these modules entitled ‘How to succeed at MCQs’ and ‘How to pass the oral exam’, please connect to your ESA website user account, access the ESA E-learning platform, and go to the ‘non-technical skills’ section.

ITA (In-Training Assessment)

In 2015, 253 candidates sat the ITA compared to 250 last year. The participation rate is rather steady this year as a consequence of the expansion of the OLA since its start in 2013. The shift from ITA to OLA will probably continue in the coming years

OLA (On-Line Assessment)

On 17 April 2015, 60 centres received candidate registrations and 588 candidates sat this computer-based assessment (there were 39 centres registered in 2014 and 303 candidates took the OLA). The OLA was offered in 9 languages in 2015 while it was only available in 7 languages in 2014.


The next OLA will take place on 8 April 2016 and will be offered in 10 languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Chinese. Individual on-line candidate registrations for this OLA closed on 8 February 2016. Candidates could register in a choice of over 98 centres in Europe and beyond.

Since 2014, The Netherlands has adopted the OLA as national exam.

EDAIC Part II (oral examination)

A total of 638 candidates sat the Part II examinations in 2015; 417 were successful and 221 failed (pass rate: 65.4%).

New Part II centres: Istanbul and London in 2013; Warsaw in 2014; Paris, Valencia and Maastricht in 2015; Amsterdam and Lisbon in 2016.

For the second time in 2016, an EDAIC Part II examination will be organized during the Euroanaesthesia Congress in London, United Kingdom.


In 2016, the Part II centres will be: Madrid, Istanbul University, Barcelona, Zürich, Uppsala, London, Valencia, Maastricht, Warsaw, Vienna, German, Erlangen, Istanbul Kadikoy and Lisbon.

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Applications for the 2016 Part II examinations were opened in December 2015.


I want to thank the Examinations Committee and Subcommittees chairs and members, especially Sue Hill, Eric Buchser, Andrey Varvinskiy and Brian Sweeney for their long-lasting and invaluable contribution; all Examiners and Hosts for their time and dedication, and the whole ESA Secretariat staff for the excellent job done.

Join us for the EDAIC Sessions at Euroanaesthesia 2016!

How to prepare for the European Diploma Examination

This symposium is organised by the ESA Examinations Committee.