The ESA is delighted to announce the award of an honorary membership to Professor Carmen Gomar (Barcelona, Spain) for her distinguished record in education and training in anaesthesia, both within the ESA and in her home country. Here, Carmen shares her thoughts on her career.
Q: What made you want to become an anaesthesiologist?
CG: During my medical studies I had a professor, Prof Vicente Chuliá, who showed me what is most fascinating in our specialty: that we diagnose, treat and see the results almost at the same time. Immediately observing the results of resuscitation and surgical anesthesia produces an emotion in me, the strength of which has not been lost with time.
Q: How important is it to you to have a European Society that helps connect anaesthesiologists in our continent?
CG: The ESA allows us to enrich ourselves with knowledge and projects of a great scientific and educational community. The interchangability between countries for training and research is indispensable for our development and for the safety of patients. The ESA has strengthened training, its scientific communication through the EJA and engages in powerful collaborative research to achieve results that change clinical practice.
Q: What made you want to get involved with the education committees (Foundation for European Education in Anaesthesiology- today CEEA)?
CG: The CEEA is a continuum of varied, altruistic and collaborative medical training between countries. I have directed the CEEA in Barcelona since 1988, and it has played a relevant role in the interpersonal relationships of anaesthesiologists across Europe.
Q: How did you become involved in the Trainee Exchange Programme?
CG: I became president of the TEP, granting educational grants to accredited European departments. For me it is very exciting to read the stories of both students and teachers because you realise that new contacts are being made across European anaesthesiology.
Q: How does it feel to become an Honorary Member of ESA?
CG: I feel excited, with a sense of professional fulfillment. Being recognised by my European peers is one of the best achievements of my career. The fact that the number of Honorary Members of ESA is so small and select, with personalities that I have always admired, shows me the relevance of this honour.
Q: What are some of the projects that you are busy with at the moment?
CG: I am full professor of Anaesthesiology in the University of Barcelona and Academic Director of the Simulation Centre there. My research is on the mechanisms of persistent postsurgical pain and in assessment tools of teaching methodology, especially with clinical simulation.
Q: What does the future hold for Carmen Gomar – will you continue to be active within the ESA?
CG: I feel that my future is to continue my university teaching and research work, to develop simulation as a complementary tool in education and to maintain the connection and collaboration with my European colleagues. I am at ESA’s disposal for other projects if needed.