Let me first talk about how everything started. I was first engaged in the activities of the European Society of Anaesthesiology back in the late ’90s. During my residency I was fascinated by the great opportunities as a young researcher to meet different, distinguished people from around the world. One of my first abstract presentations took place at one of the ESA meetings.
Apart from my clinical research experience, I was always engaged in teaching activities with residents and medical students not only in Europe but also in the USA. During my research and clinical work with the Outcomes Research Consortium, I was able to learn from a different medical school system and how to educate and train the next generation of doctors. I always wanted to be a part of a lively and thriving community of teachers who are able to communicate and educate in a professional way. I also soon realized that being a well-trained doctor doesn’t necessarily mean to be a good teacher. Whenever you get the chance to talk and work with well-educated and motivated young doctors, it is not only because you can share your knowledge but you can also receive new stimulating thoughts.
The European Society of Anaesthesiology brings together what now seems to fall apart – the European spirit – the idea to work and solve issues together. The ESA was able to accomplish this mission bringing together doctors from around Europe to sit for an internationally accepted exam and by the Trainee Exchange Program.
Frankly, at the beginning I was not very enthusiastic about the idea of a European Diploma and wasn’t really looking into this. Over the years, I realized that people who are well-trained in similar ways and passed the same exam will help to promote excellence in their profession. This year I read about the vacant position of an EDAIC examiner and started putting together all the necessary forms and letters of recommendation. I was thrilled by the idea to have the great opportunity to get into a dialogue with doctors from around Europe. Most of them wouldn’t consider it as a dialogue but just an exam. Therefore, it is on us to create a professional environment where doctors feel comfortable to sit for a European exam apart from their national one. Many centres in Europe and one in Brazil have now been established to meet the increasing numbers of applications.
Joining the team of EDAIC examiners of the European Society of Anaesthesiology will enhance my teaching skills by helping me to gain an improved understanding of assessment related to our subject area. This will enable me to better support my young colleagues in their learning and development and improve their results. It also offers existing opportunities to develop my skills in a variety of roles with an international, professional society and gives me invaluable insight into assessment that will underpin my professional development, as well as developing my knowledge of assessment, which can then be passed on to my colleagues.
The European Society of Anaesthesiology is a large community of physicians not only from Europe but also from around the world. The society is looking to support its growth by working alongside committed, passionate individuals who share their values and believe in the importance of high quality education and examination.
Finally, I hope I was able to give you some answers on how to become an EDAIC examiner and would like to encourage everyone to become a part of the society. In the meantime, I am looking forward to my work as an EDAIC examiner next year in Europe.