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Inaugural Primary Trauma Care course in Hyderabad

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The course provided participants with hands on opportunities to practice their skills

Despite the advances in imaging and medical equipment in India, the country still experiences a 30-day trauma mortality rate twice that of patients in high income countries, with high mortality rates related to self-harm, falls and road injuries.

Recognising the need for more comprehensive trauma care in India, WFSA in partnership with Masimo successfully established and delivered the first Primary Trauma Care (PTC) course in Telangana, Hyderabad in November 2019 as part of the Safe Anaesthesia ASAP partnership.

The four day PTC course aims to build the capacity of healthcare professionals systematically while considering the clinical needs of severely injured patients. The course was held at Continental Hospital in Hyderabad, renowned for having some of India’s most advanced emergency medicine and trauma facilities and high-quality training programmes.

The workshop was delivered in a 2-1-2 format which involves a course for senior clinicians, followed by an instructor’s course and then a final course for medical students taught by the newly trained instructors. Through training local staff members, sound anaesthesia knowledge can be disseminated widely in India. In total 20 physicians, 20 medical students and 10 PTC Instructors were trained as part of the PTC course.

Dr Varun Sangle, a UK based A&E and ICU physician, who taught on the course, said, "The course provided an interesting perspective on health (trauma) care in austere settings which gave me an alternative point of view. It was both challenging and rewarding teaching candidates for whom English was not necessarily the first language".

As well as strengthening the knowledge of the participants, the course has also had a profound impact on those teaching it, as Dr Sangle said,“The course was a great experience and very well received. I found it enabled me to develop my own knowledge and teaching skills while delivering effective practical training to meet a clear need.”

The WFSA/Masimo partnership is building the capacity of anaesthesia providers in India by delivering a comprehensive training programme which along with the PTC training includes Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE), Essential Pain Management (EPM) and Vital Anaesthesia Simulation Training (VAST) courses. In the past three years training has been provided to 443 anaesthesiologists, 137 instructors/trainers and 209 nurses and medical students in topics such as paediatric anaesthesia, obstetric anaesthesia and non-technical skills.

The sustainable design of the PTC training courses means that the instructors who were trained through the inaugural course will be able to run additional PTC courses throughout 2020 and beyond. The aim is for this first wave of PCT graduates to continue to provide high-quality anaesthesia courses throughout the country, further strengthening anaesthesia capacity across the country.

Further resources

How useful is Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW)?

ATOTW evaluationWith 17,628 subscribers and over 16,000 people accessing it online every week, the WFSA Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) has become a mainstay of continued medical education for anaesthesia providers the world over.

To ensure that ATOTW continues to provide quality educational resources WFSA conducted a user survey over 16 months to better understand how, why, where and when people accessed it.

ATOTW was established in 2005 as an open access educational resource to support anaesthesia training globally, especially in areas where access to journal and learning material is limited. To date the online resource has published over 400 articles across ten anaesthesia specialties.

Published on a bi-weekly basis, ATOTW tutorials are peer-reviewed, based on the most current literature and are translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. Since 2017, readers can also test their knowledge through CME quizzes.

The ATOTW survey report findings are based on 765 responses, drawn from 98 countries, to an online survey conducted between September 2017 and January 2019.

Topics covered by the report include:

  • When, where and how readers access ATOTW
  • The relevance of ATOTW to clinical practice 
  • How readers use ATOTW
  • How people access CME/CPD 
  • Recommendations on how to improve ATOTW

Utilisation of ATOTW 

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The findings show that ATOTW is highly valued by its readers who access it on a regular basis. It is viewed as a practical, relevant and quality education resource which has wide applications in both clinical and teaching settings.

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In addition, 30% of users stated they had found out about the resources through personal references suggesting those who access ATOTW value it as a beneficial learning resource they actively share with others.

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What did users like about ATOTW and what could be improved?

When questioned about what they liked the most about ATOTW, the most common responses were the quality of the content, concise and easy to read articles and the ability to test knowledge and gain CME points.

The report outlines that gaining CME points through ATOTW is particularly important to anaesthesia providers in areas where it is difficult to access CME points or where there is no accreditation body.

Users were also asked to evaluate ATOTW and recommend areas for improvement. Further to receiving their feedback, the ATOTW platform is currently in the process of being re-designed to improve issues with accessibility and difficulties using the ATOTW database. A low bandwidth mobile-friendly design will enable users to access the tutorials easily and an improved search function will enable readers to find the subject areas that interest them. Effort is also being made to commission more authors from low resources settings and increase the number of translations.

The results of this survey highlight that our readers value ATOTW as a high-quality, relevant and practical education resource that is accessed by them on regular basis in both clinical and teaching settings. We thank everyone who has contributed to making ATOTW such a valuable resource.

If you have a colleague who doesn’t yet subscribe to ATOTW please invite them – (we now know over a 1/3 of our users found ATOTW through a friend).

Further information

Applications re-opened: The 2020 WFSA/ IARS Clinical Research Fellowship in ‘Global Surgery and Anaesthesia in Africa’

The WFSA Education Committee, WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee, the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine of the University of Cape Town are partnering to provide one Clinical Research Fellowship of a seven month duration in South Africa with support from the University of Western Ontario. 

This opportunity is open to anaesthesiologists from African countries and the position available will be hosted at The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town. 

The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town are tertiary institutions providing anaesthesia and critical care specialist training, and tertiary and quaternary healthcare provision. These Departments have strong clinical research programmes. 

The aim of the fellowship programme is to develop the skills necessary to lead collaborative clinical research in Africa. The objective is that once the fellowship is complete, the fellow will return home with the necessary skills to establish and maintain collaborative research projects in their home country. The anticipated start date of the fellowship is July 6, 2020.  

Fellowship Details

The fellowship will include the following:

Clinical Research Training

1. Clinical research education:

WFSA teaching modules and selected IARS education modules
Remote training from the University of Western Ontario 
Small group research teaching at the University of Cape Town

2. Good clinical practice (GCP)

3. Project officer: The fellow will be a project officer for either one of the African or South African collaborative research projects. This would entail writing standard operating procedures (SOPs), site education and initiation, regulatory procedures (ethics applications etc.), data management and site visits.

4. Clinical investigator: The fellow will be a clinical investigator in some of the collaborative research projects running in the host department.

5. Diploma in Global Surgery: The fellow will complete the Diploma in Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town. 

6. Clinical research publication: There will be opportunities for development and mentorship of the applicant’s own research project. The goal is for the fellow to present his/her work in a major anaesthesiology meeting and to publish at least one original paper in an indexed journal.

7. Potential to contribute to a research or policy initiative with the WHO EESC and one or more of its Collaborating Centres.

Clinical Anaesthesia training

1. The fellow will be able to participate in the clinical anaesthesia educational activities of the Department.

2. The fellow may provide adult anaesthesia at Groote Schuur Hospital and its satellite hospitals (UCT), and Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital and its satellite hospitals (UKZN), provided the fellow has obtained the necessary regulatory approval from the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

3. The fellow will provide clinical care and research investigator activities in the preoperative anaesthesia clinic, which has a focus on perioperative medicine for low and middle-income countries.

Criteria for applicants

To apply, applicants must fulfil ALL following criteria: 

Must be a national of an African country and currently working as a physician anaesthesiologist in that country
Must be recognised as a physician anaesthesiologist in their home country
Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post after the Fellowship

The applicant should preferably be:

Working in a teaching hospital
Less than 40 years old

A successful applicant would also then need:

UCT/ UKZN visiting international student registration
Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) registration in order to undertake clinical duties
Malpractice insurance 
Travel and medical insurance

How to apply

Please complete the online application form here and provide all required supporting documents. The deadline for applications is the 9th February 2020. 

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from your national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the Head of Department at your current workplace (hospital/institution)
• Scanned copy of your medical degree
• Scanned copy of your specialist qualification
• Scanned copy of passport

A selection panel comprising of members of the WFSA Education Committee, WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee and the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, University of Cape Town will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview. The deadline for applications is the 9th February 2020 and successful applicants will be notified before the end of February 2020.

The SAM - Winner of the 2019 WFSA-Fresenius-Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Award

SAM pictureThe Screenless Anaesthesia Monitor (SAM) developed by Dr Paul Barton has been awarded the 2019 WFSA-Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Award. This award identifies and supports the development of innovations that have the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide.

The SAM is a light-weight battery powered hospital-grade device and app that enables anaesthesia providers to monitor patient vital signs through their smart phones or devices.

Necessity is the mother of invention

The drive to develop the SAM was provided by Dr Barton's experience working as an anaesthesiologist in Ecuador, 'Commonly, patient monitoring equipment was either inconsistent, outdated or unusable, often unsuited to the inhospitable climates that they were used in. My non-clinical time was monopolized by a maddening process of trying to find replacements or repair lack-luster monitors throughout the hospital.'

Together with development partner Inform, Dr Barton set about developing a patient monitoring system that aimed to be affordable, portable, robust, and “ownable” for practitioners working in low-income settings.

The SAM gathers patient data including, non-invasive blood pressure, 3 & 5 lead EKG, pulse oximetry, pulse rate, expired CO2 and respiratory rate. This data is transmitted to the smart device via wireless or wired connectivity and displayed through the SAM app, enabling anaesthesiologists to see graphical and numerical representations of patient vital signs during surgical procedures. Cellular connectivity allows cloud computing, facilitating "big-data" capture, telemedicine functionality and remote sensor calibration.

Saving lives in operating theatres worldwide

Once launched, Paul hopes SAM will be useful for all healthcare providers specifically those working in challenging clinical environments such as first responders and disaster response providers, combat and refugee medical response, and field hospitals and clinics.

'Our primary vision is to save lives in operating theatres worldwide. To this end, we are building a sustainable business around SAM to continue to develop and refine the product, then market, produce, distribute and sell SAM at the lowest reasonable cost to end users. '

He continued, 'This award will provide us much needed funds for critical product development, specifically in the areas of optimizing sensor accuracy, refinement of the app and its user interface, and shrinking the device footprint.'

As award winners, Paul and his team will receive a grant of $25,000 to develop, test and refine the SAM prototype.  Additionally, they will be offered the opportunity to make a short promotional film and present their work at the 2020 World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague.

Further Resources

The Screenless Anaesthesia Monitor
The WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards
2018: RevoCap: A revolution in Global Capnography by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Michael Lipnick

Bursaries for online CME study platform

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Granting access to quality assessed videos and lectures online is an important part of developing the capacity of anaesthesia providers around the world. To meet this need WFSA have teamed up with the online platform Bristol Final FRCA Crammer, to provide bursaries to anaesthesia providers from low and middle-income countries so that they can access a wealth of online educational tools and resources. The material is based on the Royal College of Anaesthetists FRCA curriculum and features over 30 hours of quality assessed video and lectures.

Dr. Alistair Johnstone, Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals Bristol and course Director of the Bristol Crammer, outlined how he hopes it will help disseminate sound knowledge about anaesthesia. “Bristol Crammer was established to help pre-prep trainees for the written part of the FRCA exam. The information may seem specific to high income countries however a lot of the information is centered on patient care and safety which is applicable across the board regardless of context.

The aspiration to provide safe anaesthesia care is a shared belief across the world and I hope through accessing this resource anaesthesia providers in low and middle-income countries (LMIC) will have access to high quality, free anaesthesia education that could be used to help develop anaesthesia practice in their countries. We were interested in partnering with WFSA because we wanted to provide access to LMICs and ensure anaesthesia providers everywhere have the same access to quality materials that our trainers here in the UK do.”

The Bristol Crammer can be used for teaching, training, self-learning and revision. Each video lasts around 60 minutes and covers key areas of UK anaesthesia practice delivered by both regional and national experts. A PDF of the video and the slides used during the talk are also available to be downloaded.

By partnering with Bristol Crammer WFSA aim to help build the capacity of anaesthesia providers in low and middle income countries by providing them with access to a platform that will develop their skills. Anaesthesia providers from a low or middle-income country (as defined by the World Bank) can apply for access through the WFSA Bristol Crammer page.

Further resources

WFSA Virtual Library 

Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week 

Applications open: 2020 WFSA Scholarships to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Prague, Czech Republic

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The WFSA is excited to announce the opportunity for young anaesthesiologists from low and middle income countries to attend the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists from the 5th-9th September in Prague, Czech Republic.

The WFSA Scholarship programme has been developed to identify and develop future leaders in Anaesthesiology. Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the WCA.

The World Congress of Anaesthesiologists takes place every four years and is keenly anticipated as it travels the globe as a wonderful occasion to bring together international practitioners of the specialty. WCA 2020 will have 24 different scientific tracks organised by leaders in each field which can be viewed in more detail on the WCA website. Please click here to access the full programme. The aim of the congress is to provide world-class, global, scientific content that is clinically relevant with a strong practical emphasis.

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This is a global call for applications from all regions. The WFSA thanks the Asian Australasian Regional Section (AARS) for their donation that will support 10 WFSA-AARS scholarships from the Asian Australasian region and the Africa Regional Section (ARS) for their support for at least 3 WFSA-ARS scholarships. Additional scholarships will be added by the WFSA and other sponsors in the coming months.

Applicant criteria

Applicants must be fully qualified anaesthesiologists and a member of their national anaesthesiology society

Preference will be given to applications which meet the following criteria:

• Under 40 years old and completed specialist anaesthesiology training within the last 10 years
• From a low or middle income country
• Presenting a paper or poster during the conference
• Working in a teaching hospital

 Scholarship Details

The scholarship will cover:

• Return airfares
• Visa costs
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Prague for the duration of the congress
• Congress registration
• Per diem to contribute towards local costs (e.g. subsistence)

Please note:

All airfares and transit accommodation (if required) will be booked by WFSA. Overland travel costs will be considered if cheaper or more convenient than airfares.

The scholar is responsible for organising their own visa which can be reimbursed by the WFSA upon completion of an expense claim form with a valid receipt

The successful applicant is responsible for organising and paying for:

• Travel to and from airports
• Appropriate travel and health insurance
• All other costs, including income taxes or other fees

The scholar is required to submit a report, no later than one month after the conference. The WFSA will send scholars a reporting template to complete this task

Application process

All applications must be submitted via the WFSA online application system by the 23rd February 2020.

Click here to create an account on the online system and submit your application.

Applicants must provide the following documents with their application:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of current medical registration

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by the WFSA, AARS and ARS. Successful applicants will be informed by late-March.

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next candidate.


If you are interested in sponsoring the scholarship programme for the WCA, please contact WFSA Partnerships Manager, Matthew Rothero at partnerships@wfsahq.org who will be happy to provide further information. 

Additional scholars to the WCA

The WFSA would also like to thank our partners, Christchurch Private Practice Group, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA), Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the John James Foundation, for their generosity and support in bringing additional scholars to the WCA.


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Human Rights Day 2019 - Is anaesthesia a human right?

Human Rights Day 2019

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Human Rights Day on 10 December commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This document proclaimed the inalienable rights to which everyone is entitled to as a human being, including access to adequate medical care, regardless of their location or socio economic status.

Since our inception, WFSA has been at the forefront of efforts to build the capacity of anaesthesia providers worldwide because we believe access to safe and affordable anaesthesia should not be a privilege. Access to safe anaesthesia is a human right.

As an organisation that has official relations with the World Health Organisation the WFSA actively supported WHO Resolution 68:15 “Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage”. In 2018 WFSA in collaboration with the WHO, published the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia all around by developing the WFSA-WHO International Standards outlining the minimum standards countries should abide by to ensure the provision of safe anaesthesia.

To mark Human Rights Day 2019 we asked our social media followers for their views on whether they thought anaesthesia is a human right. Below are two of the articles we received.


Is anaesthesia a human right? by Dr Martin Lankoandé

UNESCO World Human Rights DayAll human beings are entitled to their fundamental human rights, without distinction.Human rights are based on respect for human dignity and the worth of each person. They are universal, inalienable, indivisible and interdependent. The violation of a single right often compromises the exercise of several others, so they are all essential.

According to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Human medicine has four goals, the second of which is the relief of pain. Surgery, which aims to remove, reduce and/or stop the progression of a disease, can cause moderate to severe pain. In the history of medicine, we must remember that surgery used to be performed without anaesthesia and instead used physical restraint, constituting a source of unbearable pain, dehumanizing screams and cries. Patients were subjected to unintentional torture that caused them to lose their dignity.

The right to health implies access to all care, including anaesthesia. Anesthesia makes it possible to eliminate pain, respect the patient’s dignity and facilitate adequate care. It is recognized that access to pain treatment is a human right. Providing anaesthesia reduces pain and suffering, preserves the dignity of patients and protects them from unintentional torture.

According to Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to life, liberty and security. Anesthesia is a state whose inherent risk is more pronounced depending on the patient's morbidity, the context and the anaesthetist staff in charge. Patients have the right to safe and affordable anaesthetic care. With regard to the place of anesthesia in the provision of health care, pain relief, protection of dignity, respecting;standards to guarantee patient safety, anaesthesia could be considered as a human right.

About the author

Dr Martin Lankoandé is an anaesthesiologist working in Teaching Hospital Yalagdo Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso. His research interess are anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and palliative care. He recieved the WFSA Baxter Scholarship to SARNAF 2017 (Gabon) and 2018 (Ivory Coast). 


Is anaesthesia a human right? by Dr L. Uma Pradeepa 

76611022 2860229977320644 3170988407769792512 nAll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. From times immemorial the violation of human rights have been as common as a child’s cry after birth. The United Nations Declaration of Human rights serves as a safeguard against the blatant disregard for human rights globally. The UN lists that everyone is entitled to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being, including the provision of safe medical care, however this is not the case all over the world. 

There is a growing concern regarding the level and quality of healthcare access available in lower and middle income countries. A study carried out by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery found that 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion population do not have access to safe and affordable surgical care and anaesthesia. The effects of this are particularly prevalent in countries with limited resources where anaesthesia is associated with unacceptably high mortality rates. The difference between countries with access to the latest anaesthesia equipment and those who do not is striking. Cost and workforce shortage are amongst the biggest challenges facing global anaesthesia today. While there are many more reasons for the differences in anaesthesia care the question remains, if healthcare is a human right does that mean anaesthesia for surgery is also a human right?

I believe anaesthesia is a human right, because even the most basic of anaesthesia practice carries a greater risk to a patient undergoing surgery if not conducted in a safe and efficient manner. Anaesthesia as part of secondary healthcare services is no longer limited to the operating room but is also indispensable to services provided in the emergency room, intensive care unit, angiography-catheterisation laboratory, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite, pain clinics, resuscitative rooms, electroconvulsive therapy room and other life-saving services. Thus anaesthesia-related services constitute one of the important health-related systems which are often found to be severely deficient in lower income countries.

All of us have the right to life, liberty and security but we also have the right to safe surgery which is only possible with the provision of safe anaesthesia. The global approach to achieve the United Nation’s goals of Universal Health Care should focus on the development of educational strategies, the provision of basic anaesthetic agents and equipment alongside involving international experts to educate and develop health services. Through frequent surveys and educational audits, monitoring and evaluation should be conducted to assess the educational material available with international committees providing anaesthesia related educational material at minimal costs.

Despite the amazing work conducted by many anaesthesiology societies around the world like WFSA, there is still a large gap in the anaesthesia services provided globally. Anaesthesia providers around the world should take this opportunity on Human Rights day to declare access to safe anaesthesia and safe surgery is a basic right, because it would be such a wonderful sight if everyone is treated right.

About the author

Dr. L.Uma Pradeepa is an anaesthetist with over 6 years experience and is currently working at Yashoda hospital, Hyderabad in India. Uma has a special interest in regional anaesthesia, interventional pain medicine and Global health. Uma received WFSA MASIMO scholarship to ASA-2018, San Francisco.

Further resources

WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the future of global anaesthesia policy  


Applications Open: 2019 Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship, Medellin, Colombia

Fellowship de Anestesia Obstétrica en la Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana de Medellín, Colombia 2020

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La duración de cada Fellowship es de tres meses. El primero iniciara el 1 de Abril del 2020, el segundo iniciara el 1 de Agosto del 2020.

Detalles de el fellowship

Los aspirantes deben ser Anestesiólogos graduados de Universidades Latinoamericanas, idealmente que trabajen en Hospitales públicos y estén involucrados en programas de educación en esta área, tendrán prioridad los anestesiólogos de países Latinoamericanos con mayores tasas de mortalidad materna, más jóvenes y de países que previamente no hayan realizado el entrenamiento. No aplica para anestesiólogos que laboren en Colombia o hayan egresado de Universidades Colombianas.

Quienes participen en esta convocatoria deben cumplir los siguientes criterios:

• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Deben certificar en la carta previa que retornaran a su país a laborar en esta área de entrenamiento.
• Debe preferiblemente trabajar en un Hospital que tenga personal en entrenamiento en el área de anestesiología idealmente en anestesia obstétrica.

Se ofrece un estipendio que permitiría subsidiar gastos de mantenimiento en la ciudad de Medellín. Datos detallados del valor del estipendio y el programa a desarrollar solo serán dados después de completar el proceso completo de admisión.

Para más información y envío de documentos favor contactar a Dilly Hartley: projects2@wfsahq.org o al director del Fellow. Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com

Como aplicar al Fellow

La fecha de cierre para la aplicación es el 6 de enero del 2020.

Las aplicaciones que cumplan con los requisitos solicitados y sean admitidos al Fellow serán notificados a finales de enero del 2020.

Los aspirantes deben completar un formulario de solicitud on line que deben descargar de https://wfsagrants.awardsplatform.com/

y adjuntar los siguientes documentos en español: (La falsificación de los documentos de aplicación o no enviarlos todos al mismo tiempo llevan a exclusión inmediata del proceso de selección)

• Hoja de Vida completa con una foto reciente y dos recomendaciones verificables con número de celular especificando código internacional de país para realizar llamada de verificación.
• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora
• Diploma de Medico Escaneado
• Diploma de Anestesiólogo Escaneado
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• Copia de pasaporte

Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission

Palestine 1With less than two doctors per 1000 people, access to safe anaesthesia and surgery services in Palestine is extremely limited. This access is made all the more difficult by the severe restrictions on travel that reduce the mobility of medical providers and patients alike.

One solution this to crisis of health care provision is through localised, in-country training programmes that build the skills and numbers of anaesthesia providers. In response to these unique challenges, the Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission (PATM) was established in 2009 by the Canadian Anaesthesiologists’ Society International Education Fund and WFSA, to provide in-country educational training to facilitate the professional development of anaesthesia providers in Palestine.

Through this programme, expert volunteers are recruited from anaesthesia departments in higher-income countries to spend up to one month at a time teaching trainees in the classroom and the operating room.

Teaching programmes have been implemented in four hospitals across the West Bank to provide in-country anaesthesia training. To date, a total of 12 anaesthesiologists from six different countries have volunteered in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Dr Moiz Alibhai, who volunteered for the programme in 2017 said, “I found my month as part of the PATM to be rewarding…our colleagues [in Palestine] have a more intense workload than we have in the UK, with a much higher emergency and trauma caseload.”

“They have very few opportunities to attend regional meetings and courses, thus I promoted WFSA’s website and it’s free to access learning resources and virtual library to all our Palestinian colleagues.”

Since 2014, the programme has partnered with the International Medical Education Trust, to provide funding and logistical support for our volunteers in the West Bank. In the future, WFSA hopes to establish a formal anaesthesia training programme in Palestine run by Palestinian anaesthesiologists in addition to running short Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) and Essential Pain Management (EPM) courses.

With over 5 billion people around the world without access to safe anaesthesia care, WFSA hopes to continue developing the capacity of anaesthesia providers everywhere to provide access to safer anaesthesia for all.

Further Resources

Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission 

WFSA Fellowship Programme 

Distinguished Service Awards 2020

Service Awards Logo SmallWFSA is pleased to announce that nominations for the Distinguished Service Awards 2020 are now open. 

Criteria for nominations

Candidates for the Distinguished Service Awards should be nominated based on the following criteria:  

  1. Individuals who have made a special contribution to the Art or Science of Anaesthesiology or;
  2. Individuals who have helped promote or establish Anaesthesia initiatives anywhere in the world, or;
  3. Individuals who have provided distinguished service to the WFSA based on the following:
    • an individual who has served at least 8 years as a WFSA Officer
    • a Council or Committee member who has provided exceptional service in this or another capacity to the WFSA and the international anaesthesia community.   

Service in any of the stated capacities, such as serving as a President of the WFSA does not automatically constitute the requirement of qualifying for this award

Nomination and selection process 

All nominations must be made online through the WFSA Distinguished Service Award portal by the 26th of January 2020. The nomination application should be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • The completed application form
  • Letters of Support (at least 3 of which 1 must be from the nominee’s Member Society)
  • CV of the nominee

Nominations will be accepted from:  

  • Presidents of WFSA Regional Sections 
  • WFSA Council members 
  • WFSA Member Societies

Self-nominations will not be considered


An ad hoc, WFSA Awards Committee, will be convened constituting minimum 4 members of the WFSA council from minimum 4 different regions and chaired by the Secretary of WFSA. All complete nominations submitted by the proposed due date will be reviewed; any information submitted after the due date will not be reviewed.

The WFSA Awards Committee will review all nominations and present the selected WFSA Distinguished Service Award Recipients for ratification by the Council. A maximum of 4 awards will be made.


  • 28th November 2019 - Announcement of Awards
  • 26th January 2020 – Deadline for nominations
  • 16th February 2020 – Selection Committee decision deadline
  • 29th February 2020 – Council ratification deadline
  • 2nd March 2020 – Latest that Awardees are informed

Award of WFSA Distinguished Service Award

The chosen recipients will be notified by the President and the Award conferred at the next WFSA World Congress (Prague - 5th September 2020). Conferral will usually be at the Opening Ceremony of the World Congress.

Awardees will also receive free economy travel, accommodation and registration at the WCA.

Award recipients' photos and bios will be posted on the WFSA website. 


WFSA Paediatric Fellow - Dr. Joaquin Matos

74643663 2857731184237190 5328878117282906112 oFrom June 2019 to September 2019, Dr Matos from the Dominican Republic undertook the WFSA Paediatric Fellowship at Federico Gomez Children’s Hospital in Mexico. After completing his fellowship, we caught up with Dr Matos regarding his time during his fellowship.

What did you enjoy most about your fellowship?

During my fellowship, I was able to perform a range of paediatric and sub-speciality cases from ophthalmology and otolaryngology to bone marrow aspirates and biopsies. Throughout the duration of my fellowship, I had the opportunity to perform 213 cases, from which I learnt skills such as paediatric fluid management and invasive monitoring for complex cases.

I also garnered a lot of knowledge through the sessions and classes taught at the hospital. I had the opportunity to present twice and partake in discussions of regarding complex cases in paediatrics and their associated anaesthesia management.

How will you implement the skills you learned in your home institution?

I will use my fellowship experience to teach my other fellow anaesthesiologists how to handle a paediatric patient, from paediatric airway management to fluid management and ventilator management that is quite different from that of an adult. I will individualise cases better and apply the knowledge I have learnt to my paediatric patients, emphasising that they are not small adults.

Case Study

Case Details

Female patient 5 days old, with the diagnosis of Esophageal Atresia type III to perform Esophageal Plasty.
Perinatal Background: G1 abdominal product due to premature rupture of the membrane and polyhydramnios at 36 SDG, cried and breathed at birth, required advanced resuscitation manoeuvres due to respiratory distress. Endotracheal intubation for 3 days. Mother with a history of marijuana use during pregnancy.
Surgical and Allergic Background: Denied

Participation Opportunities

I had the opportunity to perform the anaesthetic management that consisted of a Combined General Anaesthesia: Orotracheal Intubation plus a Flow Block.

What did you learn from the case?

The management of the neonate patient is complex. Several parameters must be taken within normality to avoid complications. These are: 1) Permeable airway, with good pre-oxygenation and successful orotracheal intubation. 2) Maintenance of body temperature between 35.5 to 37 degrees through the use of thermal blankets, use of capelin and if necessary cotton to cover extremities as well as warm physiological solution. 3) Basal glycemia above 45mg/dl with an hourly intake of this. 4) Liquid and electrolyte management and good analgesia. In this case, we use the Caudal block with 2% Ropivacaine at a dose of 1.6ml/kg of weight, thus reducing the use of intravenous opioids such as Fentanyl. Use the Massachusetts formula of liquid calculations, procedures performed successfully.


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