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Newsletter 2020

Newsletter September 2020: Editorial - 2020: A reinvention year

Marc Giménez-Milà MD, EDAIC, EDIC gimimarc@gmail.com   “While the brain continues to be a mystery, the universe will continue to be a mystery” (Mientras el cerebro sea un misterio, el universo continuará siendo un misterio) is quoted from Dr Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Decades before being awarded in 1906 with the Medicine Nobel Prize for the description of the structure of the nervous system based on neuron cells, he travelled abroad to Cuba. There, he would experience tough local heal...

Newsletter September 2020: Stress and Mental Health in Healthcare Workers During Crises

By Alex Rawlings ESAIC Patient safety and Simulation Project Manager alex@esaic.org   September 17, 2020, will be the second World Patient Safety Day. The theme for this day will be the safety of health workers and of patients under their care. The COVID-19 crisis that has been unfolding over the last six months has brought this issue to the forefront of patient safety. The impact on staff has been huge. Countries and institutions have only recently been able to take stock and to assess wha...

Newsletter September 2020: A new TEP report

Dr Ianis Siriopol ianis.siriopol@gmail.com   My name is Ianis Siriopol and I have just finished the Anesthesia and Intensive Care Training Program of „Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, Romania.  During these five years, I practised in several Anesthesia and Intensive Care Departments in University Hospitals in different surgical fields. From 2020, I am currently working at “Regional Institute of Oncology” Iasi, one of the largest hospitals in our region. He...

Newsletter September 2020: Does BCG vaccination really decrease the risk of COVID-19? A central European perspective

Chief editor note: We continue to publish scientific information related to the current Coronavirus pandemics, keeping our readers updated with the latest news on this topic. Paweł Piwowarczyk1, Michał Borys1 The Second Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland piwowarczyk.pawel@gmail.com   Recently, some authors have suggested that Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination might be a factor that decreases the risk of infection cau...

Newsletter August 2020: “Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone” TEP Experience

Kinga Mastalerz kinga.mastalerz@yahoo.fr   When I applied for the TEP, I was based at Szpital Miejski Specjalistyczny Hospital in Krakow, Poland. Working abroad was always my dream. During medical school, I spent 6 months in Belgium on an Erasmus scholarship and I knew exactly how much it gives you to find yourself in a different country, with a foreign language, culture and totally different attitude. I applied for the Trainee Exchange Programme to relive that experience, only in a “grow...

Newsletter August 2020: Editorial - To work less and sleep more- is this possible?

Gabriel M. Gurman, MD Chief Editor gurman@bgu.ac.il   One of the stories which I would never forget was the one told to me by a good friend, a surgeon, who was trained for two years in one of the best known Toronto hospitals. It happened during the seventh decade of the last century. He had the position of chief resident for one full year, during which his visits home were so rare, that from time to time his wife used to bring their children to the hospital, to visit their father! These tim...

Newsletter August 2020: ESAIC - building political capital, promoting the role of anaesthesiologists

Helen Brewer helen.brewer@esaic.org   A week is a long time in politics, as they say. But boy, what a difference a year makes! We recap here on what ESAIC has done in the public affairs sphere in these last twelve months and what it has achieved. The 2020 Patient Safety Policy Summit: ESAIC marked the 10th Anniversary of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety In Anaesthesiology by organising the 2020 Patient Safety Policy Summit which took place on 3 March. Echoing WHO Resolution 68/15...

Newsletter August 2020: Mentorship Programme - New Leader and congratulations to the 2018 ‘graduates’

The ESAIC Mentorship Programme was developed 5 years ago to promote the professional development of young researcher and established investigators. The one-to-one mentoring model enables the development of a personal relationship and provides individual support for the mentee. Every year up to 15 ‘pairs’ of mentors and mentees are matched, and they work together for 2 years with regular contact and feedback to the ESAIC Research Team. Prof. Claude Meistleman successfully oversaw four cohorts...

Newsletter August 2020: my TEP experience

Margarita Borislavova drborislavova.m@gmail.com   I am a final year resident in anesthesiology and intensive care at Tokuda Hospital Acibadem City Clinic in  Sofia, Bulgaria. After several years of applying for the ESAIC exchange program, I got a positive answer in November 2018 and I was thrilled.   Why this program/why this centre? Within the last 2 years of my residency, I have come to see how important programs of this scale are. Theoretically, we all know how crucial the exchange...

Newsletter July 2020: Training and safety of healthcare professionals during COVID-19 pandemic

Ana Luísa Vieira, Cândida Infante, Eunice Mendes, Mafalda Castro, Mariana Asseiro, Pedro Camões, Gustavo Norte Anaesthesiology Residents, Department of Anaesthesiology, Coimbra University Hospital Center, Coimbra,  Portugal.   Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the novel coronavirus that is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.1,2 Due to its progressive worldwide expansion, on...