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

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/ D’ont 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) Don’t dwell on problematic questions
8) Transfer carefully the correct answers to the answer sheet
9) Conventional answers are mostly correct. Don’t 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

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

TITLE AUTHOR/ED PUBLISHER
Anaesthesia
Actualites en Anesthesie et Reanimation Paris: Arnette serie Libraire
Advances in Anaesthsia Lake Mosby 2001
Analgesia&Anaesthesia in Pregnancy Yentis Harcourt 2000
Anaesthesia (2 Vol Set) Smith, Nimmo Blackwell 1994
Anaesthesie in Multiple Choice Fragen Kehl; Wilke Springer 2001
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care A to Z, 3rd edition Yentis Elsevier 2003
Anaesthesiologie Krier, Hempelmann, Schulte am Esch Thieme 2001
Anaesthesia for Minimally Invasive Surgery Crozier Cambridge 2004
Anesthesiology review Faust & Cucchiara Churchill Livingston 2001
Anesthesiologist’s Manual of Surgical Procedures Jaffe, Samuels Lippincot 2003
Clinical Anesthesiology organ, Mikhail, McGraw-Hill Companies 2002
Clinical Anaesthesia Barash & Cullen Lippincott 2000
Complications in Anaesthesia Atlee Saunders 1998
Clinical Anaesthesia Barash P Lippincott 1997
Conferences d’Actualisation
1989, 1990, 1991 ‑ Congres
Paris Masson Edit
Datenbuch:Anaesthesiologie Nemes, Niemer, Noack Fischer Stuttgart
Essence Of Anaesthesia Practice Roizen Mosby 2001
Notes in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Gupta,  Summors 2001
Fundamentals of Anaesthesia Pinnock, Lin Churchill 2000
Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia Pollard Churchill 2004
Paediatric Anaesthesia Sumner, Hatch Arnold 1999
Komplikationen in der Anaesthesia List & Oswald Springer 1997
Kombinationsanasthesie Dick W et al Springer Berlin
Lees Synopsis 13th edition Rushman, Davies Butterworth 2005
Medicine for Anaesthetists Vickers Blackwell 1999
Neuroanaesthesia Dinsmore Butterworth 2001
Obstetric Anaesthesia Chestnut Mosby 1999
Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia Frederick A Hensley, LippincottWilliams 2002
Principles and Practice of Anaesthesia Longnecker Mosby 1998
Recent advances in Anaesthsia and Intensive Care Cashman, Adams GMM 2003
Recent advances in Anaesthsia and Intensive Care Cashman, Adams Cambridge 2005
Recent Advances 20 Adams Churchill 1998
Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia Birnbach Harcourt 2000
Textbook of Anaesthesia Aitkenhead A Churchill 2006
Textbook of Neuroanaesthesia Albin McGraw 1996
Textbook of Neuroanaesthesia and critical care Matta. Menon GMM 2000
Total Intravenous Anaesthesia Padfield Butterworth 2001
Trattato Enciclopedico di Anestesiologia Riamazione e Belluci G, Gasparetto A Padova
Ward’s Anaesthetic Equipment Ward C et al Saunders 1997
Pain and Symptom Control Titles
Analgesia&Anaesthesia in Pregnancy Yentis Harcourt 2000
Essential of Pain & Regional Anaesthesia Benzon Churchill 1999
Pain. Acute and Chronic Shipton Arnold 1999
Pain Management and Regional Anaesthesia Rosenberg, Bernstein Saunders 1999
Management of acute and chronic pain Rawal BMJ 1998
Common Pain Syndromes Waldman Mosby 2002
Cancer Pain Management Parris Butterworth 1998
Kontinuieliche periphere Techniken zur Regional & Schmerztherapie Buettner, Meier Uni Med Verlag
Regional Anaesthesia
Fundamentals of Regional Anaesthesia Fischer. Pinnock,  Jones GMM 2004
Atlas der Lokalanaesthesie Eriksson E Thieme Stuttgart
Atlas of Regional Anaesthesia Brown Saunders 1999
Regional Anaesthesia Raj Mosby 2002
Introduction to Regional Anaesthesia Bruce Scott A & Lange 1995
Physiology
The Autonomic Nervous System Brading Blackwell 1999
Physiologic &Pharmacologic Basis Anaesthesiar Collins Williams & Wilkins 1996
Physiologie des Menschen Schmidt FW, Thews D Springer Berlin 2000
Respiratory Physiology: the Essentials West JB Lippincot 2004
Principles of Physiology Power , Kam Arnold 2001
Lehrbuch der Physiologie Klinke, Silbernagle Thieme 2000
Physiology for anaesthesiologists Fee & Bovill Taylor &Francis 2005
Review of Medical Physiology F. M.D Ganong McGraw Hill 2005
Basic science review Anaesthesiology Weinberg McGraw hill 1997
Pharmacology
Drugs in Anaesthesia &Intensive Drugs Sasanda Oxford 1997
Drugs Diseases & Anaesthesia Stern Lippincott 1997
Muscle Relaxants in Anaesthesia Pollard Arnold 1999
Pharmacology for Anaesthesia Calvey T Blackwell 2001
Anesthetic Pharmacology Evers & Maze Churchill Livingston 2004
Pharmacology in the Practice of Anaesthesia Kaufman Arnold 1996
Pharmacology for anaesthesiologists Fee & Bovill Taylor &Francis 2005
Pharmacoogy & Physiology Stoelting Lippincott 1998
Clinical Measurement
Basic Physics and measurement in anaesthesia Davis & Kenny Elsevier 2005
Intensive Care
Intensiv Medizin Van Aken, Reinhart, Zimpfer Thieme 2001
Fundamentals of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Collin Picock
Das ICU Buch Marino Urban & Fischer 1999
Intensive Care Medicine Irwine, Rippe Lippincott 1999
Anaesthetic Equipment
Wards Anaesthetic Equipment Davey, Ali Diba Elsevier 2005
Anaesthesia Equipment Principles & Applications Ehrenworth, Eisenkraft Mosby 1997
Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment Al-Sheikh Churchill 2007
MCQ Orientated
Q base Anaesthesia Hammond, McIndoe Greenwich Med. 2006
VIVA Orientated
The Anaesthesia Science viva Book S. Bricker Cambridge 2006
The Clinical Anaesthesia viva Book Mills GMM
CD Roms
Regional Anaesthesia Atlas CD ROM Hahn Mosby 1997
Principles & Practice of Anaesthesia Longnecker Mosby 1998

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