Eiichi Inada, M.D.
President, Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists
I realized that the number of Japanese anaesthesiologists attending Euroanaesthesia has been increasing over a decade. More than 200 Japanese anaesthesiologists attended Euroanaesthesia 2018 in Copenhagen this year. They all greatly appreciate the quality and usefulness of Euroanaesthesia. I heard many reasons why Euroanaesthesia was attractive to Japanese anaesthesiologists. This year I attended Euroanaesthesia 2018 in Copenhagen and understood why.
Most of all, Euroanaesthesia is really an international meeting. I found many attendees from all over the world. Superb speakers came from all over the world as well. It was my great pleasure to listen to many excellent lectures and symposia to enlighten myself. Discussion was very active in many sessions. Abstracts from different regions were presented in best abstract prize competition. It was very nice to know the difference of practice and the difficulties they encountered in different countries. It may make it easier to find the way to overcome these obstacles by exchanging ideas among different countries. The atmosphere of the meeting was very friendly and enhanced communications among attendees. I saw many old friends from North American, Asian, and Australasian countries and made many friends. It will give us the opportunity to share the problems and to enhance international research activities. Core people of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) were very active to enhance international activities by holding many international meetings. As a matter of fact, the ESA and Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists (JSA) will work together to make it easier to attend both annual meetings and exchange speakers by adjustment of the meeting schedule. JSA and ESA will set priorities for the development of joint scientific projects such as research and educational projects, for example eLearning modules, guidelines, and clinical trials.
I was proud to say that Professor Isono, the guest speaker from the JSA, gave excellent refresher course lectures on comparison of international airway management guidelines with special emphasis on mask ventilation. That session was nicely moderated by Vice-President Dr Goldik, who was invited to the JSA meeting in Yokohama as the guest speaker this year. I hope the boundaries between ESA and JSA will become fewer.
Second, the messages from the ESA were well reflected in the program. I also appreciate the emphasis on the patient safety issues. The JSA-ESA joint session at the JSA annual meeting will be focused on patient safety and the Helsinki Declaration. I found the ESA was very concerned with education of the young anaesthesiologists. Programs for trainees were very robust. It was also noted that the OLA exam was hosted in 20 countries across the world. JSA will probably be able to organize and manage a Japanese version of the On-Line Assessment (OLA) in the near future. A few of the residents from Japanese institutions attended the workshops and learned and enjoyed them a lot. The major concept was patient-centred. The ESA was very concerned with the environmental issue and holding a very “green” meeting by using degradable plastic and limiting the use of paper documents.
Third, the venue is very attractive. Like Japan and other nations, national annual meetings are usually rotated around a limited number of big cities. Euroanaesthesia has been and will be held in the world-famous cities in European countries. Because the size of the annual meeting was not so huge, most of the programs are contained in one or two buildings. It was easy to get around to find the scientific programs in which the attendee wants to participate. My wife and I took a stroll around Copenhagen, a beautiful and historical city of Denmark, and enjoyed ourselves very much. The president’s party at the Moltke’s Palace was just marvellous. I was able to meet many presidents of academic societies from all over the world and exchange ideas.
Fourth, it was a wonderful opportunity to understand where the ESA stood by listening to the interview of President Dr Hert and other people. I realized that gender equality is important all over the world. I was impressed by the words in Dr Mellin-Olsen’s (President-Elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists) speech, “Gender issue is not a female’s issue, it is a people’s issue.” I hope ESA, WFSA, and JSA will work together to tackle this issue.
In conclusion, the Euroanaesthesia is a lot of fun. I would encourage the JSA members to attend the future Euroanaesthesia meetings and actively participate in the scientific programs and learn about the hot topics. I hope to see you in Vienna 2019.