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Overview of EDAIC Part 1

  • August 28, 2019

The European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC) exam is a two-part exam covering the relevant basic sciences and clinical subjects for a Specialist Anaesthetist. By obtaining full EDAIC and a pass in IELTS/OET, you will be eligible to take up an ST3+ post within the NHS. In this blog post, we provide you with an overview of EDAIC Part 1.

The Cost 

Part 1 costs £292 and the exam is held annually in late September or early October.

Please click here for a list of available test centres.

How much experience do I need to sit EDAIC Part 1?

The European Society of Anaesthesiology state that there are no specific requirements with regards to your level of training. However, the level of knowledge they suggest you have acquired for the exam is appropriate to that of a 4th year trainee with Anaesthetics.

What languages can EDAIC Part 1 be sat in?

The exam can be taken in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish or Romanian.

An English language copy will always be provided on top of the selected language so that you can refer to the original version if you wish to.

What is the format of EDAIC Part 1?

The exam consists of two multiple-choice question papers, each with 60 multiple-choice questions.

Paper A will cover the basic science of medicine and Paper B will test your knowledge on Clinical Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

Paper A – Basic Science

The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions.

Physiology (20 MCQ’s), Pharmacology (20 MCQ’s) and Physics, Clinical Measurement and Statistics (20 MCQ’s).

Paper B – Clinical Practice

The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions.

General Anaesthesia, Special Anaesthetic Techniques, Local/Regional Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

You will be awarded a mark for each correct answer. There will be no negative marking if answered incorrectly or if the question is left blank. Therefore, the society requests that you ensure you answer all questions.

Please click here for a copy of the examination regulations.

Revision Resources

Example Questions

ESA Past Paper

ESA Sample Questions

Revision Course

The Basic Sciences Anaesthetic Course (BSAC). A three-day course, click here to book.

The ESA E-Learning Site

Click here to join the academy.

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ESA. (2019). European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Aug. 2019].

ESA. (2019). How to prepare for EDAIC. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 Aug. 2019].


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