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Update in Anaesthesia Volume 36: Special Edition Anaesthetic Education / COVID-19

Two years in the making, the newly published UIA Vol 36 provides an indispensable series of tools and articles to strengthen anaesthesia training, as well as some interesting and different anaesthetic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Medical Education is an essential, indispensable component of safe and sustainable anaesthesia service provision.

Without formal training in how to teach, we are, as a medical profession, limited in our ability to equip new generations of high-quality specialists with the clinical and non-clinical skills needed to help grow anaesthesia and develop safer surgical care.  

UIA Vol 36 edition presents a range of articles to provide anaesthesia professionals with practical tips on how to improve their teaching practices, how to develop their education programmes, and how to share innovations.

It has been a pleasure to work on this edition with fellow Education Committee colleagues including Faye Evans and Sonia Akrimi. Speaking on the importance of medication education to the anaesthesia community, they said,

“Progress towards universal health coverage, and fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, require sufficient numbers of well-trained healthcare workers globally and therefore requires investment in Human Resources for Health. This is especially evident within anaesthesia, where the current lack of physician and non-physician anaesthesia providers in many countries globally, significantly prevents the needs for safe anaesthetic care for the entire population from being met. “

“These articles are of course set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have a huge impact on anaesthesia practice and training. Special attention has been given to recognise how the pandemic is shaping anaesthesia training, as well as advice, case studies and examples from medical education literature which help outline how we can continue to adapt to ensure high-quality education continues and grows. “

The COVID-19 articles offer a fascinating insight into aspects of the pandemic that have not previously been covered. The volume concludes with a number of case reports and letters.  

Volume 36 is the penultimate hard copy version of the UIA, as the WFSA Board has decided to continue the journal as an online one from now on, with all the peer-reviewed articles being published on the WFSA website. The final hard copy will be our Paediatric edition of the journal.

We welcome your contributions to the journal, and if you have any suggestions about the journal or manuscripts that you would like to be published, please get in touch.

Once again, a huge thank you to all our contributors. Please share these free-to-access resources around your networks.

Christina Lundgren – Editor-in-Chief