Connecting the dots: ESA Trainees Committee and National Trainee Sections

Connecting the dots: ESA Trainees Committee and National Trainee Sections

  • Issue 69

Bernardo Matias, Anne Blank, and Gustavo Norte
ESA Trainees Committee – European and International Trainee Sections task force coordinators

The ESA Trainees Committee (ESATC) was founded in the beginning of 20161 with the aim to establish effective communication between all European Anaesthesiology Trainees (EAT) (estimated 30.000) that form the ESA Trainee Network (ESATN), in order to better adapt the ESA resources to their needs.

To achieve this goal, the ESATC communication strategy includes 3 levels:

  1. Between all the EAT and the ESATC through social networks (LinkedIn2 and Facebook3), to empower and enable all EAT to communicate directly with the ESATC, and to promote the flow of relevant information from the ESATC to all EAT;
  2. Between all the European trainee committees or sections and the ESATC through the National Trainee Representatives (NTR), in order to share the trainees’ issues from each European country in a representative way and to enable the flow of information from the ESATC back to each European country;
  3. Between ESATC and the ESA Leadership (Board, Council, and ESA Committees), so that all the EAT’s concerns and expectations are considered in the ESA strategy.

The first phase was to establish contact with trainees from all European countries, to obtain information regarding the status (existence or non-existence) and organization of their national trainee sections. Simultaneously, the National Anaesthesiologists Societies Committee (NASC) asked each European national society to nominate a Trainee Representative to collaborate with the ESATC. The NTR are of utmost importance because they represent the bridge between the ESATC and the trainees from their respective countries. This task also required input from trainees from all European countries regarding the definition of this figure; national members of the ESA council were involved in the process. After these initial contacts in April 2017, the status is: from the 37 European countries ESA represents, all except 4 (Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, and Russia) have answered regarding their national trainee section and have defined an NTR. In Euroanaesthesia 2017, on Sunday 4 June, an official meeting will be held between the ESATC and the representatives from each European trainee section. During this reunion, a report on all relevant activities developed to date will be presented. This will also be an opportunity to obtain the feedback from all NTR.

Besides European countries, international and non-European organizations that have trainee representation have also been contacted, and so far, the European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA) and American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) have answered and some forms of collaboration have been established with an ASA-Resident Component.4,5

  1. To proceed with contacts at European and International levels, in order to finish our database and to have complete knowledge related to the national and international trainee sections and NTR. This contact list is essential to ascertain all the needs and concerns of EAT in a representative way;
  2. To maintain the established contacts, in order to help European trainees advance with their projects of interest (that can also benefit their European colleagues) and to integrate them in initiatives organized by ESATC (e.g., Trainee Booth and Symposiums directed at trainees during Euroanaesthesia 2016 and 2017);
  3. To promote the development of national trainee sections in countries where they do not exist, in order to improve the conditions of training. For such a goal, a “Manual for national trainee sections” will be created in collaboration with NASC;
  4. To build evidence-based education, through the development and application of a European survey to address EAT’s needs and concerns, every 3 years, following the initiative that occurred in 2015.6

This task force is crucial for the establishment of the ESATN and therefore to the ESATSC’s mission, as we work to bring ESA closer to EAT. The ESATC is always available to discuss, collaborate, and promote any project proposed by European trainee committees or sections. Any EAT can become a member of the ESATN through the social media networks, regardless of their ESA membership status. The ESATC also intends to convince the EAT that are still not active ESA members to acquire membership, by showing them that the benefits clearly outweigh the associated costs.

We look forward to hearing your impressions and suggestions. Please contact us through e-mail or social networks:
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4. Hansen DA, Fernandes DS. Developing the Next Generation of Leaders in Anesthesiology. ASA Monitor 2016;80.7:58-9.
5. ESA and ASA Trainees Meet Up. ESA Newsletter, Winter 2016, Issue 63.
6. ESA Trainee Network – What can the ESA do for you? ESA Newsletter, Summer 2015, Issue 61