What is the ESAIC Exchange Programme?

Europe is justly proud of its medical training. We have many world-famous Medical Schools, and centres of expertise in anaesthesiology, intensive care, and pain medicine. The ESAIC knows that these centres could provide a wide range of excellent training and would like to make this available to suitable European doctors. Such residents and young specialists might be drawn from those who hope to obtain in-depth training in certain fields or promising young professionals from departments that do not yet have sufficient facilities for training in their own centres. We are keen to encourage such trainees to visit recognised centres in other countries, to spend sufficient time there to gain experience and return to their own centres in Europe with knowledge and skills to pass on to others.

The ESAIC Exchange Programme Committee aims to select European* residents and specialists and allow them to visit the best training centres that Europe can offer. Criteria have been established to allow the ESAIC to select centres which can offer the best teaching and experience in Europe

All selected applicants of the ESAIC Exchange Programme will be fully covered for the time of their exchange by AIG Travel Insurance: www.aig.be

Europe as defined by the World Health Organisation

Application Process


  • What about funding?

    The ESAIC Exchange Programmes are open to European residents and specialists who are interested and are successful in securing a scholarship, educational grant, or can afford their travel expenses, accommodation etc.

    Hospitals/universities are strongly encouraged to offer their residents/specialists paid permits to facilitate these exchanges with the understanding that these will be of benefit to the fellow but also to the Home institution. Some Host centres also provide relevant information on affiliated accommodation facilities.

    The ESAIC will allot a budget (to be defined on an annual basis) to support residents and specialists working in the European Lower and Upper-Middle income countries (as defined by the World Bank classification). Please note that the support offered is a symbolic amount which will not be sufficient to cover the travel, board, and living costs in the Host country. Eligible applicants can ‘flag’ the option of receiving this support at the time of their application.

  • Medical Tourism: Training in another country?

    Particularly in the UK, trainees in anaesthesiology or intensive care often spend a year training in another country. This was known as the “BTA” which used to mean “Been to America” and now more often means “Been to Australia”. Well-chosen training posts were often formative, with advantage to the sending centre, the trainee, and the centre that received the trainee. However these “years out” could often be more of a tourist opportunity, and much of the learning takes place in the first 3 months. Since the UK, North America, and Oz (Australia) have approximately the same language, such transfers are easy.

  • Benefits for home and abroad?

    For Europe, we propose a more concentrated and formative scheme.

    Selected residents and specialists will be put in contact with centres chosen to offer excellent training in specific topics. We believe that after the exchange a resident or specialist will absorb a great deal of new clinical experience, and return with new skills and enthusiasm, ready to pass the benefits on to other colleagues at home.

  • Do I have to speak the local language of the centre I am applying to?

    This depends on the host centre. In the list of Host Centres, it is indicated which languages are required in order for you to carry out the exchange.

Host Centre Application

Identifying centres willing and capable to support this programme and to accept one or more residents/specialists for up to three months at a time is a critical component of this programme. The ESAIC is always actively recruiting well-known, recognised centres with a large volume of clinical activity and excellent facilities for teaching. Applications should be made to the ESAIC Secretariat (by means of a specific form – see below) Exchange Programme Committee. The allocation will be carried out by the Exchange Programme Committee, and the Board will be closely monitoring the success of the scheme.

For this project to be successful, it will be essential to offer exchange programmes of a variety that will attract and educate the candidates. We expect that exchange programme participants will be future leaders, who retain links with, and affection for, their previous training centre!

Hospitals that wish to participate in this programme and become a Host Centre may submit an application to the ESAIC Secretariat.

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Interested in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care?

The ESAIC is proud to announce its collaboration with the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EACTAIC) in providing high-quality training and education to prepare young professionals working in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anaesthesia.

We invite all residents and specialists who are interested in the perioperative care of patients undergoing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery and related interventional procedures to visit EACTAIC Exchange Programme Webpage.

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