"I was mesmerised to listen to the great speakers, who are also authors of my favourite books!"

As applications for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships to the WCA 2016 are due to close next week, we share an account of a 2012 Scholar's experience

In August this year the WFSA will host the most anticipated anaesthesia event of 2016 in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong. However, applications for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) will close next week. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete and send the form to us by Tuesday 15th March.

To . . .

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March 10, 2016

Interaction, Innovation & Inspiration

The lasting impact of a WFSA-Baxter Scholarship

It was at this time last year that six WFSA-Baxter Scholars were preparing to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 11th SAARC-AA Congress. The three day event consisted of guest lectures, oral paper presentations, poster presentations and discussions. Large numbers of local and foreign delegates attended the Congress and had the . . .

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February 19, 2016

Experiencing Euroanaesthesia

We speak to Dr Ruxandra Marin, one year later, about the positive impact of attending Euroanaesthesia 2015

This week the WFSA announced that applications are open for our WFSA-Baxter Scholarship to attend Euroanaesthesia in May.

We spoke to Dr Ruxandra Marin, a former Baxter scholar who was funded to attend the Euroanesthesia conference along with four others in May 2015. We discussed what she learned at the conference and how the experience has . . .

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January 21, 2016

WFSA Anaesthesia Tutorials are making learning easy and accessible for everyone: Inside the ATOTW project

Maytinee Lilaonitkul, Co-editor in Chief writes about why she got involved with Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and what's next for the project

The concept behind Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) is simple - we value the importance of lifelong self-education and believe in making the process of learning easily and freely accessible for all anaesthesia providers around the world. This is the foundation on which the WFSA’s flagship publication was started over a decade ago in . . .

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January 07, 2016

Ketamine: winning the battles but still fighting the war

As the World Health Organisation again recommends against the international control of ketamine, we speak to top relief agency pharmacists about the effects of international control of drugs on those who need it most

“Any level of scheduling poses a risk that supplies of quality ketamine will not be available when it’s needed to treat patients in the field.”
– Stéphanie Arsac-Janvier, Head Pharmacist at the International Committee of the Red Cross

On Tuesday the World Health Organisation's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) again found that . . .

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December 10, 2015


Ketamine, global health, and why China’s push to pass international legislation will endanger millions of patients

On 9th-11th December 2015 the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will meet in Vienna to discuss changes to the scope of control of substances and whether or not ketamine should be restricted internationally. This push for policy change stems from the illicit production and abuse of ketamine in China.

Many people would assume . . .

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December 02, 2015

The importance of sharing knowledge to expand Intensive Care globally

A conversation with Dr Subramani Kandasamy, Programme Head in Vellore, India

Improving education is one fundamental way of ensuring more patients around the world have access to safe and affordable anaesthesia when they need it. Over the past month, we have spoken to young anaesthesiologists who have been trained through WFSA Fellowship programmes. However, it is important to think about the wider team that make these . . .

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November 12, 2015


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