Since the first World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in 1955, when a small group of observers from the United States joined anesthesiologists from 44 countries, the WCA has always had a global pull on the anesthesia community. The 17th edition of the WCA was no different, with 6,539 delegates from 132 countries coming together for five days of networking, discussions, and learning.

Held September 1-5, the entirely virtual WCA 2021 was organized by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (CSARIM) (Figure 1).

Originally planned for September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic, what the WCA 2021 lost in terms of in-person networking and hands-on simulation, it gained in accessibility for those delegates for whom the expense and difficulty of travel and accommodation costs are often a barrier to accessing international congresses like the WCA. This was evidenced...

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