Calling all anaesthetic trainees, a great opportunity not to be missed!

The North Thames Anaesthetic Meeting is a completely fantastic meeting and we’d like to tell you all about it so that you’ll join us this coming January and hopefully every January after that!

NTAM takes place annually in the beautiful French alpine resort of Tignes. There are mountains and snow! These two things alone were enough to tempt us (!) but if you need more convincing then here’s more information:

The meeting has been running since 1999 and was originally set up by anaesthetists predominately in the North Thames region (hence the name). These days though our delegates come from all over the country and many return every year. We have new Trainee and Consultant delegates at every meeting usually as the result of word of mouth and we are always delighted to see new faces.

The conference occurs in the last week of January and this year will run from Sunday January 24th – Friday January 29th 2016. Typically delegates arrive the Saturday before (23rd) largely by Eurostar (other travel options are possible) and go home again the following Saturday (30th). Arriving earlier or later is an option – please contact us if this is the case.

NTAM is a small meeting of approximately 70 delegates all of whom stay in the same hotel. We have always felt that the small size is a positive and encourages interaction between delegates. The atmosphere is relaxed and we are all able to learn from each other both through formal presentations and from informal discussions over dinner or on the slopes!

The academic content is highly rated and the programme is honed each time from every previous year’s feedback. In recent years our plenary speakers have included Bob Bingham (Paediatric Anaesthetist, Great Ormond Street), Mike Grocott (Caudwell Xtreme Everest), Judith Hulf (Immediate past-president of RCOA), Kathy Rowan (Director of ICNARC), Kevin Fong (Co-Director of the Centre for Aviation Space and Extreme Environment Medicine) and Rupert Pearse (Clinical reader in Intensive Care Medicine).

Lecture programmes from previous years including trainee presentations are all available on the NTAM website and the 2016 programme will be released once finalised.

We will be continuing the NTAM blog in 2016 which provides a summary of all the talks on a daily basis.

Trainees are invited to submit an abstract for presentation during the conference. You can have free rein on the subject matter – an audit, research, case report etc. All abstracts submitted are considered for the programme. There is a prize available for the best presentation which is a discount for a future NTAM meeting. Remember that this is an INTERNATIONAL conference and so gets big CV gold stars. The consultants are a friendly bunch and this is a nice environment to present in. We have both presented in the past and have lived to tell the tale!

So, that’s a summary of what we have to offer at NTAM. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch. We hope we have given you plenty of reasons to join us and look forward to seeing you soon.

NTAM Vice-Chairpeople Sarah & Andrew