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Applications Open: WFSA/IASP 2019 Pain Management fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now invited for two 1 year fellowships in Pain Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital in 2019. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation, flights and subsistence living expenses provided by the WFSA & IASP. The fellowship will begin on the 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2020. The fellowship is 12 months in order to ensure the trainee has knowledge and skill in pain management and is able to perform useful procedures and techniques.

The fellowship accepts 2 doctors to undergo the fellowship in Pain Management each year. The fellowships are applicable for Southeast Asia countries (ASEAN + Mongolia are the priority targets for this program).

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2019, and considered by the Hospital Board Committee meeting for their consideration, all successful candidates will be informed by the end of March 2019.

The fellowship application form and further information about the fellowship and how to apply can be found here.

You can also contact the programmes head Mr. Puttinant Rungsunlohakul on irsiriraj@gmail.com

WFSA Fellowships en Anestesia Pediátrica en el Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez, Ciudad de México, México 2019

Fellowships en Anestesia Pediátrica en el Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez, Ciudad de México, México

Se invita a enviar aplicaciones para dos becas de entrenamiento en 2019 en Ciudad de México, México.

La duración de cada entrenamiento es de 3 meses. El primero iniciará el 1º de Junio de 2019 y el otro comenzará el 1º de Septiembre de 2019.

Estos entrenamientos están dirigidos a Anestesiólogos Latinoamericanos ya graduados, quienes estén trabajando, idealmente, en hospitales públicos e involucrados en educación en anestesia pediátrica.

Los aspirantes provenientes de países con las tasas de mortalidad pediátrica más alta tendrán prioridad y también se dará preferencia a los anestesiólogos más jóvenes.

Los aspirantes deberían cumplir los siguientes criterios:

• Su aplicación debe ser apoyada por su propia SOCIEDAD NACIONAL de Anestesiología
• Su aplicación debe ser apoyada por el Jefe / Director de su Departamento de Anestesiología
• Debe retornar a su país de origen a un cargo reconocido

Las becas ofrecen fondos para costos de matrícula, alojamiento y gastos de subsistencia.

Como aplicar:

La fecha límite para enviar aplicaciones es el 31 de Enero de 2019.

Los aspirantes deben completar la aplicación online para fellowships aquí y cargar todos los documentos requeridos en su idioma original en el siguiente orden:

• Currículo vitae con una foto reciente y los nombres de dos referencias personales
• Carta de recomendación de su SOCIEDAD NACIONAL de Anestesiología
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe de Departamento o Director del Hospital
• Copia del título de médico
• Copia del título de especialista en Anestesiología
• Copia del pasaporte en la página de la información personal y fotografía

Las aplicaciones serán analizadas por un panel de Anestesiólogos seleccionados por la WFSA y los aspirantes seleccionados serán informados antes del final de mes de Febrero de 2019.

Los aspirantes seleccionados deben confirmar su intención de tomar la beca dentro de los dos días siguientes a la notificación por parte de la WFSA. El no hacerlo resultará en que la beca le será ofrecida al siguiente aspirante en la lista de seleccionados.

English Version: WFSA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowships at Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez Mexico City, Mexico 2019

Applications are invited for two fellowship training positions in 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The duration of each fellowship is 3 months. One will start on 1st June 2019 and the other will start on 1st September 2019.

The fellowships are intended for graduated - Latin American Anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a Public Hospital and involved in Paediatric anaesthesia education

Applicants from countries with higher paediatric mortality rates will have priority and preference will also be given to younger anaesthesiologists.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national Anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post

The fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 31st January 2019.

Applicants must complete the online fellowship application here and upload all the essential documents in native language listed:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• 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 specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

Applications will be considered by a panel of Anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of February 2019.

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 applicant.

Application Deadline Extended: WFSA Baxter Scholarships for the 13th SAARC-AA Congress, Pakistan, 8th-10th March 2019

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for three young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 13th SAARC-AA Congress in Lahore, Pakistan. The congress will take place between the 8th and 10th March 2019. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. WFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the SAARC-AA Congress.

Scholarship criteria:

• The applicant must be aged less than 40 years.
• The applicant should be working full time in an Asian country.
• This application is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society and a letter of recommendation from your hospital or department.
• The applicant must be able to present a poster during the conference.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

The scholarship will cover:
• Return airfares & visa (if required)
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Pakistan
• Conference registration & a small per diem


• All airfares and transit accommodation (if required) can be booked by the WFSA on your behalf. Overland travel costs will be considered if cheaper or more convenient than airfares. If you wish to book your own travel, you will need to check the cost with the WFSA before booking.
• Accommodation for the duration of the congress in Lahore will be booked by the WFSA
• The successful applicant is responsible for organising and paying for:
o Travel to and from the airport of departure
o Appropriate travel and health insurance
o 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 report should include an outline of conference activities, comments on how the scholar benefited from the conference, how he/she intends to share new knowledge and how this knowledge will improve the practice of anaesthesiology in his/her home country. The report should also include a photo of the scholar with his/her poster.

Application process
• Please complete an online application form here by the 21st January 2019
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by mid February.

Applications Open: WFSA Pain Anaesthesia Fellowship at Virinchi Hospitals, Hyderabad, India, 2019 – 2020

Applications are invited for two pain fellowship training positions at Virinchi Hospital, Hyderabad, India.

The duration of training is 6 months. One fellowship will start on 1st July 2019 and the other will start on the 1st February 2020. The trainees will have an orientation month followed by five months of clinical responsibility.

The fellowship is intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings in Asia or Africa who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of pain management.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognised post
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital

Fellows will receive a stipend from Virinchi Hospital to cover accommodation and living expenses.

The WFSA will provide funding to cover the cost of return travel from the fellow's home country to Hyderabad, India.

The successful applicants will be required to register with the Medical Council of India and obtain medical insurance covering the duration of the fellowship.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Muralidhar Joshi (drmuralidharjoshi@gmail.com).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 15th January 2019.

Applicants must complete an online application here and upload all the documents listed:

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• 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

Call for nominations: 2020 Wood Library-Museum Laureate of the History of Anesthesia

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) invites nominations of individuals for the Laureate of the History of Anesthesia to be presented in 2020.

The award was conceived by Dr. Nicholas M. Greene, created by the Trustees of the WLM in 1993, and first awarded to Dr. Gwenifer Wilson of Sydney, Australia in 1996. This quadrennial award honours outstanding scholars who have made original contributions that enrich and advance the understanding of anesthesia history. The internationally-constituted Laureate Committee will consider nominations of historians and physician historians, not limited to anesthesiologists, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, place of residence or age. Selection is based on the nominee’s outstanding work as reflected by publication of books, monographs and peer-reviewed history, and a record of mentoring and encouraging others in the field.

To learn more about the Laureate program and previous awardees, visit www.WoodLibraryMuseum.org/laureate.

The 2020 Laureate will be announced at the conclusion of the Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture, held at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in October 2019. This allows the honoree to be present for the investiture and to present, if willing, the Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture at ASA’s 2020 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The award is accompanied by an honorarium and a suitably inscribed medallion and certificate. If more than one Laureate is named, as happened in 2000, the honorarium will be shared. There are no other prescribed duties of the honoree, although the Trustees of the WLM hope the Laureate will remain active and productive, advancing the study of the history of anesthesia.

All nominations and the following supporting documents in English or translated to English, must be received by the WLM no later than April 30, 2019:

1) The nominee’s curriculum vitae and complete bibliography;

2) A signed statement by the nominee that he/she agrees to the submission of his/her name as a candidate for the award. Nominations lacking this signed statement cannot be considered.

3) Other supporting letters and materials demonstrating the nominee’s achievements and contributions may be helpful but are not required.

Previously unsuccessful nominations may be resubmitted by updating the nominating letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography and candidate’s statement.

Electronic submission of all nomination materials is encouraged. Please send them to: Karen Bieterman, Director of the Wood Library-Museum, atk.bieterman@asahq.org. Additional information regarding the Laureate Program may be obtained by contacting Karen Bieterman at k.bieterman@asahq.org. Please include “Laureate” in the subject line.

Obituary: Dr Kester Brown

The Vision of the WFSA is “universal access to safe anaesthesia” and its Mission is “to unite anaesthesiologists around the world to improve patient care and access to safe anaesthesia and perioperative medicine”.

Dr Kester Brown AM, FANZCA, who died aged 82 on 14th November 2018, embodied this vision and mission throughout his professional life as a leader, advocate, teacher, scientist and mentor. He was President of the WFSA from 2000 until 2004.

Kester Brown clinical induction photoKester was born in Kenya, received his medical degree from St Andrew’s University, Scotland and initially was a General Practitioner in remote Yellowknife, Canada before starting his training in anaesthesia in Vancouver and Toronto. He settled in Melbourne Australia, working as a paediatric anaesthesiologist at Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne from 1967 until retirement from clinical medicine in 2006. Kester was Director of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the RCH for 26 years. He continued teaching anaesthesia trainees until 2015. In addition to his tremendous contribution to RCH, Kester played significant roles for both the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (now ANZCA) and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, leading to a long and productive involvement in the WFSA.

 For his contributions to Australian and Global anaesthesia, Kester received numerous awards including an Order of Australia.

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One of Kester’s significant achievements was his research into the all too frequent overdoses of tricyclic antidepressant drugs in children in the early 1970s. This study, and his subsequent advocacy for safety packaging of medications, led to government legislation making it compulsory to childproof package a number of medications. This saved many lives and Kester said that “the time undertaking this study was probably the most useful two hours work done in my life”.

Teaching was Kester’s great passion. His early notes on teaching recognised the importance of active learning, student centred teaching and case based teaching long before the modern concepts of adult education were widely understood and propagated. During his time as head of department, almost 100 international anaesthesiologists from over 40 countries spent significant clinical attachments at RCH and Kester placed great emphasis on training these international fellows to be teachers and leaders in their own countries on return. He lectured and taught in over 70 different countries and visited many more in his time with the WFSA. 


For Kester, the WFSA was the major global organisation for the promotion and development of anaesthesia around the world. Through the Education Committee he oversaw dramatic increases in WFSA support for teaching and training. Together with Prof Thara Tritrakarn, he helped establish in 1996 the Bangkok Anaesthesia Regional Training Center (BARTC). This was the first WFSA training centre and many similar programmes have followed. There are now24 hospitals in 16 countries hosting WFSA education programmes.

But perhaps his key talent and achievement was identifying potential in others and helping them find opportunities to fulfil that potential. Kester was very skilful at fostering cooperation and collaboration. 

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Much of his extraordinary committee and organisational work was achieved by these means. Kester was able to listen, summarise a problem and then delegate the right people to find an appropriate solution. He would be ready with advice and support and would have great trust in those given the task.

On hearing the news of Kester’s death another WFSA Past President, David Wilkinson wrote, “he lived a life which made a real difference in the world”.

Kester will be missed by a great many but his influence will live on.




 La vision de la WFSA est «l'accès universel à une anesthésie sécurisée» et sa mission est «d'unir les anesthésistes dans le monde entier afin d'améliorer les soins des patients et l'accès à une anesthésie et à une médecine périopératoire sûres».

Le Dr Kester Brown AM, FANZCA, décédé le 14 novembre 2018 à l'âge de 82 ans, a incarné cette vision et cette mission tout au long de sa vie professionnelle en tant que leader, défenseur, enseignant, scientifique et mentor. Il a été président de la WFSA de 2000 à 2004.

Kester Brown clinical induction photoKester est né au Kenya et a obtenu son diplôme de médecine à l’Université St Andrew’s en Écosse. Il a d’abord exercé la médecine générale à Yellowknife, au Canada, avant de commencer sa formation en anesthésie à Vancouver et à Toronto. Il s’est installé à Melbourne, en Australie, en tant qu’anesthésiste en pédiatrie au Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) de Melbourne de 1967 jusqu’à sa retraite de la médecine clinique en 2006. Kester a été chef de service d’anesthésie et de la gestion de la douleur au RCH pendant 26 ans. Il a continué à enseigner aux stagiaires en anesthésie jusqu'en 2015. En plus de sa formidable contribution au RCH, Kester a joué un rôle important au sein du corps enseignant des anesthésistes du Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (maintenant l'ANZCA) et de la Société australienne des anesthésistes. participation productive à la WFSA.

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Les recherches de Kester sur les surdoses trop fréquentes d’antidépresseurs tricycliques chez les enfants au début des années 1970 sont l’un des résultats les plus marquants de Kester. Cette étude, ainsi que son plaidoyer ultérieur en faveur de la sécurité de l'emballage des médicaments, ont abouti à une législation gouvernementale rendant obligatoire l'obligation de conditionner un certain nombre de médicaments à l'épreuve des enfants. Cela a sauvé de nombreuses vies et Kester a déclaré que «le temps consacré à cette étude était probablement les deux heures de travail les plus utiles de ma vie».

L’enseignement était la grande passion de Kester. Ses premières notes sur l'enseignement reconnaissaient l'importance de l'apprentissage actif, de l'enseignement centré sur l'étudiant et de l'enseignement basé sur des cas bien avant que les concepts modernes d'éducation des adultes ne soient largement compris et diffusés. Au cours de son mandat de chef de département, près de 100 anesthésiologistes internationaux de plus de 40 pays ont passé d'importantes fonctions cliniques au RCH et Kester s'est attaché à former ces boursiers internationaux à devenir des enseignants et à devenir des leaders dans leur pays. Il a donné des conférences et enseigné dans plus de 70 pays différents et en a visité beaucoup d'autres à son époque avec la WFSA.
Kester2Pour Kester, la WFSA était LA principale organisation mondiale de promotion et de développement de l'anesthésie dans le monde. Par l’intermédiaire du Comité de l’éducation, il a supervisé l’augmentation spectaculaire du soutien de la WFSA à l’enseignement et à la formation. Avec le professeur Thara Tritrakarn, il a contribué à la création en 1996 du Centre régional de formation en anesthésie de Bangkok (BARTC). Ce fut le premier centre de formation de la WFSA et de nombreux programmes similaires ont suivi. À l'heure actuelle, 24 hôpitaux dans 16 pays accueillent des programmes d'éducation de la WFSA.

Mais peut-être que son talent et sa réussite étaient d’identifier le potentiel des autres et de les aider à trouver des possibilités de le réaliser. Kester était très habile pour favoriser la coopération et la collaboration. Une grande partie de son travail extraordinaire au sein des comités et de l’organisation a été réalisée grâce à ces moyens. Kester était capable d'écouter, de résumer un problème, puis de déléguer les bonnes personnes pour trouver une solution appropriée. Il serait prêt à donner des conseils et un soutien et aurait une grande confiance dans les personnes chargées de cette tâche.

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Kester manquera à beaucoup, mais son influence perdurera. 





Dr Kester Brown

The WFSA is extremely sad to hear of the recent passing of Dr Kester Brown. Born 9th December 1935 in Kenya, died at his home in Australia, 14th November 2018.

Dr Brown was Director of Anaesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 1974-2000. He served the WFSA from 1984–2004 and was President from 2000-2004. He was a friend to so many, a leader and a giant of global anaesthesia.

A full obituary will appear in the coming days.


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Application Deadline Extended: Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme, Nigeria 2019

Applications are invited for two 6-month Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions to start on 1st April 2019 at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH)

This is a 785-bed teaching hospital with 26 Wards and 2 paediatric surgical wards, an 8-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Maternity (Obstetric) and Gynaecology Wards with 35 beds each, a Delivery Suite (Labour Ward) a 25 - bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) with 25 units, as well as a 35 bed-space children’s emergency room and 5 Operating theatres with 10 suites, including a 5 - suite Modular theatre and a Labour Ward operating theatre. There are 21 consultant Obstetricians, one consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist and 5 other consultant anaesthetists with related interests.

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH)

This is an 850-bed hospital with an 8-bed ICU, 48-bed maternity ward, a 30-cot special care baby unit, and an Emergency room. There are 18 Obstetricians, one Obstetric Anaesthetist (Prof. Sotonye Fyneface-Ogan) and other consultant anaesthetists with related interests. UPTH has 11 operating theatres and has 2 operating theatres for obstetrics. The hospital carries out an average of 1,500 vaginal deliveries and 1,200 - 1,500 Caesarean sections (elective and emergency) yearly.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be the 1st February 2019. The programme lead is Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor. The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African and Asian countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision. Advanced specialty training involves all aspects of obstetric anaesthesia including but not limited to anaesthesia for high risk obstetrics, pain relief in labour, recent advances in obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia, optimising foetal outcomes and perinatal care.

Applications from anaesthesiologists working in Specialist Training Centres, Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres in Africa and Asia may be given priority.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthetic society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department and hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to train others
• The fellowship offers funding for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses

For more information, please contact Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor at drnwasor@yahoo.com.

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2019. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload the following documents.

• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• 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 specialist anaesthesiology qualification
• Copy of photograph page of Passport

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by mid February. 

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 applicant.

WFSA Announces Winner of 2018 WFSA-Fresenius-Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 WFSA-Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards as RevoCap: A Revolution in Global Capnography, an innovation presented by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick.

Maziar Mohsen Nourian, a medical student at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and Dr Michael Lipnick, an assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Anaesthesia Division of Global Health Equity have been awarded the 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of an affordable and context-appropriate capnography device for use in low and middle income countries.

Started and led by Maziar Nourian, a medical student, and Patrick Kolbay, an engineering PhD student at the University of Utah with the counsel and support of faculty members within the department of Anaesthesiology, RevoCap is an innovation to help provide safer anaesthesia in Low and Middle Income countries. The University of Utah and UCSF are collaborating to help understand the gap in access to capnography worldwide and the potential impact of increasing access to capnography through the development of lower cost and context appropriate devices.

Michael and Maziar write:

“There have been multiple calls to action for universal access to capnography in order to improve patient safety in resource-constrained countries, yet reliable and affordable capnography monitors for these settings are still not available. We have created a prototype of a low-cost capnography device (RevoCap)...using commonly available components. The simple design is affordable and context-appropriate for LMICs.”

As award winners, Michael and Maziar will receive a grant of $25,000 to develop, test and refine the RevoCap prototype and will be able to access input, mentorship and feedback from WFSA and Fresenius Kabi specialists. Additionally, they will be offered the opportunity to have a short promotional film made about the innovation and will receive an invitation to attend the World Congress of Anaesthesia (WCA) in Prague 2020 to contribute to the scientific programme.

The WFSA would like to take this opportunity to send a huge congratulations to Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick. We look forward to working with them both in their development of RevoCap which has the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide.

WFSA Partners with RCoA to support MTI Scheme

The WFSA and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) have partnered to offer qualified anaesthetists/intensivists from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi and Nepal, who are in good standing with their National Society, the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in the UK through the RCoA’s Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme.

The MTI scheme provides a route for high quality International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to undertake a training placement in a UK hospital for a maximum period of 24 months. Please note that the MTI scheme is philanthropic in nature and not a route suitable for doctors who intend to remain in the UK for longer than 24 months.

Anaesthetists who undertake training via the MTI route will benefit from excellent clinical training, and gain non-clinical skills such as medical education and leadership. These skills will be of significant benefit, not only to doctors themselves, but also to healthcare systems and patients in their home countries.

MTI sponsorship will equip International Medical Graduates with:

• GMC registration (please note that offers of sponsorship as a route to GMC registration are based upon the GMC's decision and approval and are only valid once this has been granted)
• Facilitating Tier 5 visa application
• Eligibility to sit the Fellow of the Royal College Anaesthetists (FRCA) examinations

The RCoA quality approves and assures the posts offered in the UK. The WFSA member National Society will ensure that it only puts forward candidates who will benefit from training in the UK and whose skills and knowledge will benefit their home country upon their return. The WFSA member National Societies will maintain contact with MTI Dr’s throughout their placement and together with the WFSA & RCoA will help to ensure candidates return to their home country.

The MTI scheme accepts applications on a rolling basis and therefore there is no submission deadline. For more information, please use the links on the RCoA website here.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply, please submit your CV, English tests results and a letter from your National Society to global@rcoa.ac.uk 

If you have any enquiries regarding the requirement to obtain a letter from your national society please contact projects2@wfsahq.org, for all other enquiries regarding the MTI scheme then please contact global@rcoa.ac.uk.

World Anaesthesia Day celebrated around the world (and under the sea)

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A team from Malaysia show their support for The Right Stuff 

The WFSA's campaign for World Anaesthesia Day, The Right Stuff, was a worldwide success with anaesthesia providers around the world showing their support for adequate anaesthesia equipment.Colombia Bogata 3

With over 600 The Right Stuff pictures shared on Tuesday 16th October 2018, this year's World Anaesthesia Day built on the success of previous years, and saw engagement from countries all over the world.

On 16th October 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, home of the Harvard School of Medicine in the USA, there was the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia. This demonstration, one of the most important in the history of medicine, is marked each year by the WFSA and other organisations.

This year, alongside the World Health Organisation, the WFSA published the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia for the first time. As well as workforce, the International Standards also highlight how important adequate facilities and equipment are to providing safe anaesthesia care. For World Anaesthesia Day 2018 we asked anaesthesia providers to highlight the vital role that equipment plays in providing safe anaesthesia by highlighting their favourite anaesthesia equipment. They were encouraged to print off The Right Stuff poster, fill it in, and take a picture of themselves and/or their team ideally with their favourite piece of anaesthesia equipment, sharing the photos with us on social media using the #TheRightStuff hashtag. 



The Right Stuff events were also hosted around the world, with people participating in fun runs in Malaysia, parades in Bangladesh and Nigeria, and 'wefie' competitions. 



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Anaesthesia teams in Indonesia showing their Right Stuff


Parades and competitions were held around the world

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 Cakes were baked to mark World Anaesthesia Day and World Restart a Heart Day


We are also delighted to see the 'Superhero' video competition in Malaysia for World Anaesthesia Day produce many excellent promotional videos for safe anaesthesia. You can watch a compilation of some of the videos here.


Thank you to all individuals and teams who took part in our campaign!


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World Anaesthesia Day was also World Restart a Heart day, which the WFSA joined to raise awareness of about the importance of bystander CPR and to also increase actual bystander CPR rates worldwide. 

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