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The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is "the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the United Kingdom". It sets standards in anaesthesia, critical care, pain management, and for the training of anaesthetists, anaesthetic practitioners (non-doctor anaesthetists) and practising critical care physicians. It also holds examinations for anaesthetists in training, publishes the British Journal of Anaesthesia, and informs and educates the public about anaesthesia. Its headquarters is in Churchill House, London.
Role The College’s activities are varied, but include the setting of standards of clinical care, establishing the standards for the training of anaesthetists and those practising critical care and acute and chronic pain management, setting and running examinations, and the continued medical education of all practising anaesthetists.
Publications The College publishes guidance for its members and also has a newsletter (The College Bulletin), a journal (British Journal of Anaesthesia) and an eductional journal (Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain). The latter is written in collaboration with the Intensive Care Society and the British Pain Society.
History The Royal College of Anaesthetists was awarded its royal charter in 1992, making it one of the youngest Royal Colleges of medicine. Prior to this time, it had existed as the College of Anaesthetists since 1988, when it split from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Prior to 1988, it was known as the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which was formed in 1948. The roots of the college can be traced back to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, which was set up in 1932 by Sir Ivan Magill and others, and continues today.
Coat of Arms and Motto The Coat of Arms of the College shares some symbols and features with that of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It also incorporates coca leaves to symbolise local anaesthesia, and opium poppy heads to symbolise analgesia. The figures on either side of the shield (known as supporters) are two pioneers of anaesthesia, John Snow and Joseph Thomas Clover.The College's motto is “Divinum sedare dolorem” (it is divine to alleviate pain).
Examinations Diploma of Anaesthesia ('DA' - now defunct)
Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (divided into the Primary FRCA and Final FRCA)
Organisation The College is made up from an elected Council of practising anaesthetists who elect a President and two Vice-Presidents from among their members. Particular areas of work are considered by Committees who report to the Council. At present the President is Dr Judith A Hulf (term 2006-2009) and the Vice-Presidents are Dr Anna-Maria Rollin (term 2007-2008) and Professor Christopher Dodds (term 2007-2008).The patron of the Royal College of Anaesthetists is Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.
Official web site Royal College of Anaesthetists
Relevant External Links The British Journal of Anaesthesia
The Association Of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
Wikithesia.org The anaesthesia wiki for anaesthetists in training
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