News from the Examination Committee

News from the Examination Committee

  • Issue 65

SueHill

With the elevation of our previous Chairman to the Presidency of ESA, there has been a change of order in the Examinations Committee. There is a new Chairman and new Subcommittee Chairs for Part I EDAIC, OLA, and Part II EDAIC. After a very successful visit and assessment of our examination process by representatives from CESMA in 2015, the EDAIC has been accredited and endorsed by the Council for European Specialist Medical Assessments (CESMA-UEMS), as displayed on the Examinations webpage. The newly appointed officers will work hard to continue and build upon this success and face upcoming challenges.

Dr. Sue Hill from University Hospital Southampton has taken over the reins from Dr. Zeev Goldik. She has a long history of examination involvement at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in the UK and is the outgoing Chairman of both the EDAIC Part I and OLA Subcommittees. Her continued presence will provide support for the new Subcommittee Chairmen. Appointed as a member of the EDAIC Part I Subcommittee in 2008, then Chair of that committee in 2010, she has overseen a doubling in the number of candidates for the written examination and expansion to continents other than Europe – starting with Indonesia in 2011. There are now four continents taking Part I in more than 60 centres across the world: Asia, Africa, and South America joined Europe to establish the EDAIC as a truly internationally recognised examination.

As the inaugural Chairman of the On-Line Assessment (OLA) Subcommittee in 2011, Dr. Hill introduced Europe to a real-time, wireless-accessed assessment using the Ortrac platform designed by our Swedish partner, Orzone. OLA has increased in popularity as preparation for the EDAIC Part I, is offered in nine European languages, and for the first time is being translated into a non-European language, Chinese, in 2016.

EDAIC Subcommittee I Chairman
Prof. Wolfram Engelhardt from Klinikum Offenburg, Germany, has taken over the challenge of continuing the expansion of the written examination. He has a long association with EDAIC: one of our senior examiners for Part II and an inaugural member of the OLA Subcommittee. His major challenge will be to translate the success of the paperless OLA into a wireless-accessed, real-time on-line EDAIC Part I examination. We will be looking for pilot centres for 2017 to run the EDAIC on-line to identify issues that need to be resolved before we stop producing hardcopy examination papers.

OLA Subcommittee Chairman
Associate Prof. Armen Varosyan from Yerevan State Medical Hospital (see his attached paper on OLA), Armen has taken over running the On-Line Assessment. He is our resident computer whizz-kid, a well-respected examiner of Part II, and an inaugural member of the OLA Subcommittee. The OLA has rapidly gained popularity as a preparatory tool to assess performance before attempting the EDAIC Part I and will be available in over 90 centres in 2016. It can also be used to assess trainee performance throughout their training programme and is a way for consultants to demonstrate their commitment to keeping up-to-date with their knowledge across all areas of anaesthesia as part of a revalidation process. In addition to the challenge of taking OLA to China, a number of OLA centres will be opening in Brazil for the first time as they prepare to join Europe in taking the EDAIC Part I later this year.

EDAIC Part II Subcommittee Chairman
Dr. Mario Zerafa from Mater Dei Hospital, Malta, and President of the Association of Anaesthesiologists of Malta, has taken over from Dr. Eric Buchser as Chairman of EDAIC Part II Subcommittee. He is a senior Part II examiner and was instrumental in making the EDAIC the National Examination in Anaesthesia for Malta. There are currently thirteen sittings of the EDAIC Part II including that associated with the Annual Congress – in London in 2016, and the new arrangement for an exam to precede the Autumn Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2016. The challenge facing Part II is to populate the on-line database in Ortrac with the questions to allow a better method for compiling papers and recording performance on questions used in examinations. With an increasing number of applicants for Part II places we have to develop a plan for accommodating all those who wish to sit for our examination. This will require increased resources, particularly office staff to travel to venues, hosts to volunteer their time and energy in arranging a venue, and, of course, examiners who give their time so graciously.

Any examination succeeds only because of the dedicated ESA Examinations Department staff and the chairmen, deputy chairmen, committee members, and examiners who give their time voluntarily and in abundance.

I would like to say a personal “Thank you” to all those who are making this a truly International examination.