The Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology 2021

The College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and the Faculty of Pain Medicine are pleased to announce that the next Congress of Anaesthesiology will take place on Thursday and Friday, 20th and 21st May 2021. The Congress will be delivered virtually and will be jointly hosted by the CAI and the Faculty of Pain Medicine. The theme of the Congress 2021 is the safety and well-being of patients and health professionals. During the 2-days conference, we will welcome high-profile national and international speakers.

Delegates will also get the chance to attend workshops on pain medicine, regional anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine (PoCUS). Among the novel sessions are: the Sustainability Session, The Inaugural Brian Kavanagh Session and an interactive session on how to: develop an application to secure Specialist Registration. The event registration is not yet open but you can register your interest by sending an email to Lucia Zelenska at

The theme of the Congress 2021 is the safety and well-being of patients and health professionals.

  1. ISRA Workshop, Thursday 20th May 8.30am-12.30

More information to follow. Registration is not yet open.

  1. Faculty of Pain Medicine Workshop, Thursday 20th May 13.45-16.45

Workshop 1 Ultrasound in Spinal Pain Intervention
Time: 13:45 – 14:45
Target Audience: All interested in pain medicine
Registration: Please send an email to
Workshop Lead: Prof Dominic Harmon

Workshop 2 Knee Denervation/Rhizotomy: Clinical Anatomy, Evidence and Experience.
There has been an increased interest and new research in interventional procedures for Knee pain. Recent publications include nerve blocks, Pulsed radio frequency and denervation/rhizotomy procedures for chronic knee pain. Dr Lynch will present the clinical research in collaboration with Prof Thomas Campbell, Anatomy and Special Clinical Lecturer in UCD who will present the relevant anatomy. – Time: 14:45 – 15:45
Target Audience: Trainees and Consultants including ain specialist and anaesthesiologists with an interest in regional anaesthesia
Registration: Please send an email to
Workshop Lead: Dr Tadhg Lynch
Workshop 3 Introduction to basic expectations and skills expected from a Chronic pain registrar or Fellows in the pain medicine department.
The workshop will demonstrate some procedures which are part of the management of Chronic pain patients and evidence for such procedures – lumbar facet / MBB, selective nerve root blocks, Sacroiliac joint injections. Demonstrations include discussions around Rhizotomy and Pulsed Radiofrequency Ablation procedures – basic concepts, indications and complications.
Time: 15:45 – 16:45
Target Audience: Anaesthetic Registrars who are yet to start Chronic Pain Medicine and for Chronic Pain fellowship Candidates at the beginning of pain fellowship.
Registration: Please send an email to
Workshop Leads: Dr Anil Patel & Dr David Moore

  1. PoCUS Workshop, Friday 21st May 8.30am-10am

The main theme of this interactive workshop is ‘Setting up a basic echo programme’. CAI Programme of the workshop can be accessed here. Registrations are open for all Congress attendees. If you wish to register for this workshop, please e-mail Please note that the numbers for this workshop are not limited.

Workshop poster

We are currently accepting abstract submissions to be presented at the College’s Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology 2021 which will be held remotely on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st May 2021. All abstracts must be submitted on the attached abstract form, also attached is the submission guidelines. The closing date for submission of abstracts is by Monday 15th March 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their E-Poster at Congress.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine Clinical Research Medal Competition will take place on Friday 21st May during Annual Congress of Anaesthesiology. Please find enclosed Clinical Research Medal Guidance, a guidance document regarding the competition. Applications for submission entries close on Monday 12th April 2021 at 09:00.

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for the Delaney Medal Competition 2021. You are required to submit two abstract forms for the Delaney Medal, the nom de plume form and the standard abstract form. Please find the attached Regulations, please ensure you read them before submitting your abstracts. The deadline for submission is by Friday 26th March 2021. Presentations will be held during the Annual Congress 2021, on Friday 21st May between 08:30 – 10:00. Congress 2021 will be held online.

We are currently accepting abstract submissions for the 2021 Anaesthetic Research Fellowship, supported by Abbvie. A scholarship to the value of €12,500 will be awarded, as a lump sum or may be divided, to support a research project(s). Please find attached the poster [pdf] and the Application Form [fillable pdf].All applications to be submitted by email to by Monday, 26th April 2021, 5pm.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Ms Lucia Zelenska at

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Annual CAT Fun Run 2019 Download Report  on CAT Fun Run 2019 (pdf). The CAT Fun Run took place on 10 May 2019 on the beautiful Clontarf seafront. This year’s run was held in memory of Dr Mark Owens and Dr James Close, two trainees who passed away in the last year. The Mark Owens Trophy is awarded to the overall winner of the fun run, this year being awarded to Dr Pierce Geoghegan who crossed the line with an impressive time of 17:07. The James Close Trophy is awarded to the best dressed participant in the fun run. The trophy this year was awarded to Dr Emer Ryan. Congratulations to all participants and our deserving winners. As with previous years the run was in aid of a worthy charitable cause. The chosen charity this year is the Practitioner Health Matters Programme. The programme supports doctors at times of significant stress both personal and professional . If you would like to support the Programme the donation link for the run remains active at: CAT team.

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