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Trainee Prize Evening - 26th February (Wed, 15 Jan 2020)

Our annual Trainee Prize Evening is coming up, whihc this year is being held on Wednesday 26th February at 6pm (BWH). A great opportunity to boost your CV and catch up with other trainees from around the region.

The deadline for submission is the 7th February

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Period of Grace - Changes are coming! (Thu, 7 Mar 2019)

There is going to be a change regarding the period of grace after your CCT. This change is coming from HEEWM and you should be receiving information/guidance from HEEWM soon. The change will be from August 2019 so will affect trainees with a CCT date from August 2019...

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Recent BJA Publications

Alpha band frontal connectivity is a state-specific electroencephalographic correlate of unresponsiveness during exposure to dexmedetomidine and propofol
Coherent alpha electroencephalogram (EEG) rhythms in the frontal cortex have been correlated with the hypnotic effects of propofol and dexmedetomidine, but less is known about frontal connectivity as a state-specific correlate of unresponsiveness as compared with long-range connectivity. We aimed to distinguish dose- and state-dependent effects of dexmedetomidine and propofol on EEG connectivity.
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Protecting healthcare providers from COVID-19 through a large simulation training programme
The sudden and unexpected severity of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed our unpreparedness. No country, healthcare system, or hospital had an operational "pandemic plan" ready to face what was to follow. For those affected later, opportunities existed to adapt organisations and better prepare healthcare providers (HCP). We report the creation of an intense, large and targeted COVID-19 personal protective procedural training campaign in a university hospital in France, which preceded the arrival of cases and enabled 1143 HCP in potential COVID-19 units [emergency department (ED), COVID-19 units, ICUs and operating theatres] to be trained over 10 days so they were better prepared while providing patient care.
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Would you trust your loved ones to this trainee? Certification decisions in postgraduate anaesthesia training
Editor—Postgraduate medical education culminates in the certification of trainees as medical specialists. Certification is a profession's self-regulation process to assure the public that specialists are qualified to deliver safe high-quality care.1 The high-stakes decision to certify a trainee entails the credentialing of training and its assessment.1 We recently observed considerable variation in assessment procedures and certification in postgraduate anaesthesia training across Europe.2 With the aim to better understand the variation in certification processes and the basis of certification decisions, we performed an interview study and explored whether programmes meet the requirement of public accountability to deliver competent specialists.
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