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    • WFSA Fellowship Training

      The WFSA has a number of different training programmes offering training to young anaesthesiologists, as well as instructors, from low and middle income countries around the world. The types of training programmes we offer include:

    • Charitable Donations

       Imagine your child has a broken arm and needs an operation.There are no anaesthetists and no anaesthetic drugs available. Imagine taking your child to a hospital with a splinter inthe foot, and hearing the child scream while it is removed without anaesthesia.

    • WFSA Constitution

       This is the Constitution of the WFSA approved in 2012

    • Member Societies

      Member Societies

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      Our members are our strength. Over 136 Societies representing anaesthesiologists from over 150 countries are members of the WFSA. Scroll through the list below for contact information, officers’ names, numbers of members and other important information about the Societies that make up the Federation.

      If your country or society is not represented find out more about membership here. For those interested in setting up a Society, you can download a Member Society Constitution template here.  

      The Characteristics of a Well-Functioning National Society can be downloaded here in English, French and Spanish

      The Well-Functioning National Society Questionnaire can be downloaded in English here

      The WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia are applicable to all anaesthesia providers throughout the world. They are intended to provide guidance and assistance to anaesthesia providers, their professional organizations, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for maintaining and improving the quality and safety of anaesthesia care. Read The Standards here

  • Committees

     

    • People

      • Executive Committee Members

        The EXCO carries out the resolutions of the General Assembly and takes all measures within the limits of these resolutions designed to further the aims of the Federation. It comprises President,Secretary, Treasurer and 12 elected members representing the following geographical groupings. Africa and the Middle East; Asia; Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands; Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands; Europe and Israel; The United States of America and Canada.

      • President

        Dr David J Wilkinson - United Kingdom

      • Treasurer

        Dr Mark Lema - United States

      • Past President

        Dr Angela Enright / Canada

      • Honorary Secretary

        Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, Uruguay

    • Committees

      Our Committees

      Our Committees provide the main source of support, expertise and guidance for the WFSA's programmes and activities. They are essential to delivery and commit thousands of hours of volunteer time to the WFSA every year.

      Members must be experts in the area of interest to their Committee and be committed to the mission of the Federation. They serve up to two consecutive four (4) year periods between General Assemblies and, in exceptional circumstances, may serve a third term as the Chair of a Committee.

      • Paediatric Anaesthesia Committee

      • Constitution Committee

        The Constitution Committee comprises a Chairman and five other delegates from each of the geographical regions of the WFSA. It recommends to the Executive Committee amendments to the Constitution which it considers will facilitate the work of the Federation. 

      • Safety & Quality of Practice Committee

        The function of this Committee is to promote the highest standards of safety and quality in anaesthesia internationally; to this end it is involved in several projects and is establishing liaison with other groups around the world (notably IAPSF).

      • Pain Management Committee

        The function of this Committee
      • Education Committee

        Mission: The Education Committee will enhance patient care worldwide by working collaboratively to create, develop and strengthen anaesthesiology education and training. Our activities include fellowships, scholarships, short courses, educational meetings and consultations. Our methods include financial partnerships, endorsements and expert consultations in collaboration with national societies, governments, non-governmental organisations and committed individuals. The Education Committee is the busiest committee and deals with the main activities that further the goals of the Federation, namely education and dissemination of scientific information. As such it is responsible for the majority of the Federation Expenditure.

      • Obstetric Anaesthesia Committee

      • Ad-Hoc Anaesthesia Equipment Committee

        The composition of the Gender Balance Ad hoc Committee is a Chair and at least six (6) other members, that have been clear supporters of Gender Balance issues in their countries or their regions. The Committee should itself be gender and geographically balanced National or Regional society members with appropriate experience and interest in Gender related work may submit self-nominations for consideration. The selection will be made by the Board. The committee may invite professionals other than anaesthesiologists who have the required expertise to serve. Such nominations are subject to ratification by the Board.
      • Scientific Affairs Committee

        This newly created committee has a function to facilitate the cooperation between centres from advanced and developing countries, in link with national societies, not to develop scientific and research programmes specific to the WFSA. 

      • Professional Wellbeing Committee

        This newly created committee intends to create awareness of the impact of occupational stress in our profession and to implement strategies for its prevention and management

      • Publication Committee

        The function of this Committee is to promote the highest standards of safety and quality in anaesthesia internationally; to this end it is involved in several projects and is establishing liaison with other groups around the world (notably IAPSF). 

    • Regional Sections

      Regional Sections

      A number of member societies located in the same geographical region may join together on a voluntary basis to form a Regional Section.

      Officially recognised regional sections of the WFSA are listed below.


    • Reports

       This section will guide you to the annual reports of the various committees and key officers who carry out the administration of the WFSA

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  • News

     

  • Guidelines

    There are guidelines here that can be useful in guiding the setting up, equipping and staffing a department of anaesthesia no matter how small or how large. Some are available in pdf format and may be a great help in persuading others in the team of the importance of optimal standards in anaesthesia. There is also guidance as to how to make donations of money and equipment.

  • Events

     

  • Links

     

  • WFSA Education Resources

    This Website section, contains Update and the Anaesthesia Tutorial of the week. These are developed by the Publications Committee of the WFSA. There are also links to educational sites from around the world.

    • Tutorial of the Week

      Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week is a weekly web-based tutorial run by the WFSA. Our aim is to support anaesthesia training, particularly in low income countries where access to anaesthesia education is often limited.  Anyone however, is welcome to use our materials.

    • Update in Anaesthesia

      Update in Anaesthesia is the official education journal of the WFSA. First published in 1992, the original aim of this journal was to provide clear, concise and clinically-relevant overview articles to be read by anaesthetists working in all manner of situations around the world with limited resources. A particular emphasis has been to provide ongoing learning and support for anaesthetists practicing in countries where facilities for clinical practice and educational development are scarce.

      Update is sent free-of-charge to over 3000 English-speaking anaesthetists, and read by many others including surgeons, nurses and medical students. Our feedback shows that Update is a widely-used resource in both low income and well-resourced settings. Update is also translated into Russian and Mandarin, and Spanish, French, Portuguese and Persian editions are underway. Update has always been available via the internet for free download, both as full editions and as individual articles and the editorial board are delighted that availability of this resource will be broadened further with the opening of this new section of the WFSA website.

    • European Virtual Anaesthesia

       

    • Obstetric Anaesthesia Teaching CD-ROMs: 2010

      This is a two disc set of superb teaching material relating to Obstetric Anaesthesia

      These discs are available at no cost to the anaesthesia providers in low income countries. To obtain a set, send an email with your postal address to the Administrative Secretary, Ruth Hooper,  using the Contact link at the top right hand corner of the page.

    • Center for Simulation, Safety, Advanced Learning and Technology: University of Florida

      This offers 26 free simulations of anaesthesia-related activities from the alveolar gas equation to the Virtual Anesthesia Machine (VAM)

    • European e-learning course in obstetric analgesia

      This is a course for the learning of obstetric analgesia. The information offered in this website is intended primarily for anesthesiologists and trainees in anesthesia. The course, lead by a well renowned International faculty, consists of half hour lessons which include voice assisted slides, text, a question/answer forum and a self-assessment questionnaire.  At the completion of the course you will have the most up-to-date information and techniques dealing with labor analgesia. You will also be introduced to clinically relevant facts and the most recent topics including evidence-based medicine and pharmacogenetics in obstetric anesthesia.

  • Documents

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  • Future Regional Meetings

     

  • Grants & Fellowships

  • Clinical Fellowships

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  • Intensive Care Fellowships

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  • Calendar of Events

    Please use the calendar to search for events related to your specialisation or geographical region. Events can be searched by date, or use the dropdown menu on the calendar to search by category (Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Obstetric Anaesthesia, Paediatric Anaesthesia, Pain, Regional Events).

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