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SIGNA VITAE 2007; 2 Suppl 1: S 52 - 56


How to prepare for the European Diploma Examination of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

ZEEV GOLDIK ( ) Chairman of Examinations Committee European Diploma of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care ESA- European Society of Anesthesiologists Lady Davis Carmel Medical Centre- 7 Mihal St. Haifa (3462)- Israel Phone: +972 4 8250711 Fax: +972-4 8250761 e-mail:

Key words: examinations, european diploma, education and training Why?: 1) Assessment of training 2) Recognition of professional standard and quality 3) Promotion and competition 4) Movement between European coun-tries When?: Part I: after second year of training. Part II: after approving the EDA part I and being a specialist in one of the European countries How to prepare for part I: 1) Practice the False/ True/ Dont know format. 2) Read carefully the stem followed by every single answer 3) Take care of negative marking. 4) Sources of knowledge : reading list (Table 1) 5) Be careful with words like: commonly; always; rarely, may; etc. 6) Mark first the answers on the question booklet 7) Dont dwell on problematic questions 8) Transfer carefully the correct answers to the answer sheet 9) Conventional answers are mostly correct. Dont think too deeply How to prepare for part II (Oral): 1) Pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and clinical measurement and instrumentation are usually tested (1) 2) Practice oral presentation. 3) Demonstrate a logical approach to the problem presented. 4) Base answers in methods with which you are familiar (2) 5) Be able to describe an ECG and major abnormalities 6) Describe correctly an X-Ray (usually chest X-Ray) 7) Follow an ABC approach when dealing with a critical incident 52

Table 1: Recommended reading list for candidates preparing for the EDA- Compiled by Dr. B. Sweeney, Anaesthetic Dept., Poole & Bournemouth Hospitals- Revised by J. Kardoeus MSc, EAA




Anaesthesia Actualites en Anesthesie et Reanimation Advances in Anaesthsia Analgesia&Anaesthesia in Pregnancy Lake Yentis Paris: Arnette serie Libraire Mosby Harcourt 2001 2000

Anaesthesia (2 Vol Set) Anaesthesie in Multiple Choice Fragen

Smith, Nimmo Kehl; Wilke

Blackwell Springer

1994 2001

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care A to Z, 3rd edition




Anaesthesiologie Anaesthesia for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Krier, Hempelmann, Schulte am Esch Crozier

Thieme Cambridge

2001 2004

Anesthesiology review

Faust & Cucchiara

Churchill Livingston


Anesthesiologists Manual of Surgical Procedures Clinical Anesthesiology

Jaffe, Samuels organ, Mikhail,

Lippincot McGraw-Hill Companies

2003 2002

Clinical Anaesthesia Complications in Anaesthesia Clinical Anaesthesia Conferences dActualisation 1989, 1990, 1991 - Congres Datenbuch:Anaesthesiologie Essence Of Anaesthesia Practice Notes in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Fundamentals of Anaesthesia Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia

Barash & Cullen Atlee Barash P Paris Masson Edit Nemes, Niemer, Noack Roizen Gupta, Summors Pinnock, Lin Pollard

Lippincott Saunders Lippincott

2000 1998 1997

Fischer Stuttgart Mosby 2001 2001 Churchill Churchill 2000 2004

Paediatric Anaesthesia Komplikationen in der Anaesthesia

Sumner, Hatch List & Oswald

Arnold Springer

1999 1997


Kombinationsanasthesie Lees Synopsis 13th edition Medicine for Anaesthetists

Dick W et al Rushman, Davies Vickers

Springer Berlin Butterworth Blackwell 2005 1999





Obstetric Anaesthesia




Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia Principles and Practice of Anaesthesia Recent advances in Anaesthsia and Intensive Care Recent advances in Anaesthsia and Intensive Care Recent Advances 20

Frederick A Hensley, Longnecker Cashman, Adams Cashman, Adams Adams

LippincottWilliams Mosby GMM Cambridge Churchill

2002 1998 2003 2005 1998

Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia Textbook of Anaesthesia Textbook of Neuroanaesthesia Textbook of Neuroanaesthesia and critical care Total Intravenous Anaesthesia Trattato Enciclopedico di Anestesiologia Riamazione e Wards Anaesthetic Equipment Pain and Symptom Control Titles Analgesia&Anaesthesia in Pregnancy Essential of Pain & Regional Anaesthesia Pain. Acute and Chronic Pain Management and Regional Anaesthesia Management of acute and chronic pain Common Pain Syndromes Cancer Pain Management

Birnbach Aitkenhead A Albin Matta. Menon Padfield

Harcourt Churchill McGraw GMM Butterworth

2000 2006 1996 2000 2001

Belluci G, Gasparetto Padova A Ward C et al Saunders 1997

Yentis Benzon Shipton Rosenberg, Bernstein Rawal Waldman Parris

Harcourt Churchill Arnold Saunders BMJ Mosby Butterworth

2000 1999 1999 1999 1998 2002 1998

Kontinuieliche periphere Techniken zur Regional & Schmerztherapie Regional Anaesthesia Fundamentals of Regional Anaesthesia Atlas der Lokalanaesthesie Atlas of Regional Anaesthesia Regional Anaesthesia

Buettner, Meier

Uni Med Verlag

Fischer. Pinnock, Jones Eriksson E Brown Raj

GMM Thieme Stuttgart Saunders Mosby


1999 2002


Introduction to Regional Anaesthesia Physiology The Autonomic Nervous System Physiologic &Pharmacologic Basis Anaesthesiar Physiologie des Menschen Respiratory Physiology: the Essentials Principles of Physiology Lehrbuch der Physiologie Physiology for anaesthesiologists

Bruce Scott Brading Collins Schmidt FW, Thews D West JB Power , Kam Klinke, Silbernagle Fee & Bovill

A & Lange Blackwell Williams & Wilkins Springer Berlin Lippincot Arnold Thieme Taylor &Francis

1995 1999 1996 2000 2004 2001 2000 2005

Review of Medical Physiology Basic science review Anaesthesiology Pharmacology Drugs in Anaesthesia &Intensive Drugs Drugs Diseases & Anaesthesia Muscle Relaxants in Anaesthesia Pharmacology for Anaesthesia Anesthetic Pharmacology Pharmacology in the Practice of Anaesthesia Pharmacology for anaesthesiologists

F. M.D Ganong Weinberg

McGraw Hill McGraw hill

2005 1997

Sasanda Stern Pollard Calvey T Evers & Maze Kaufman Fee & Bovill

Oxford Lippincott Arnold Blackwell Churchill Livingston Arnold Taylor &Francis

1997 1997 1999 2001 2004 1996 2005

Pharmacoogy & Physiology Clinical Measurement Basic Physics and measurement in anaesthesia Intensive Care Intensiv Medizin Fundamentals of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Das ICU Buch Intensive Care Medicine




Davis & Kenny



Van Aken, Reinhart, Zimpfer Collin Picock Marino Irwine, Rippe



Urban & Fischer Lippincott

1999 1999

Anaesthetic Equipment Wards Anaesthetic Equipment Davey, Ali Diba Elsevier 2005

Anaesthesia Equipment Principles & Applications Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment MCQ Orientated

Ehrenworth, Eisenkraft Al-Sheikh

Mosby Churchill

1997 2007


Q base Anaesthesia

Hammond, McIndoe

Greenwich Med.


VIVA Orientated The Anaesthesia Science viva Book The Clinical Anaesthesia viva Book S. Bricker Mills Cambridge GMM 2006

CD Roms Regional Anaesthesia Atlas CD ROM Principles & Practice of Anaesthesia Hahn Longnecker Mosby Mosby 1997 1998

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