History of the Trainee Committee

Trainee anaesthetists were first permitted to become Associate members of the Association of Anaesthetist in 1956. However, they had no representation and no voting rights. In 1967, under the Association Presidency of Dr Pinkerton, the Associates in Training Group was established, and a constitution drawn up. The elected committee of five trainees met twice a year to represent less than 100 members and initially had non-voting representation on Council. In 1970, the constitution changed: two members of the trainees’ committee were admitted to Council with full voting rights, and all trainee members were given full voting rights within the Association. The name also changed to the Junior Anaesthetists Group (JAG). In the early 1990s, as juniors became known as trainees, JAG became GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training) and the number of elected Committee members rose to ten. With the rebrand of the Association of Anaesthetists in 2018, GAT  became known as the Association of Anaesthetists Trainees.


An annual postal ballot of all Association trainee members is held to elect the Committee of twelve and we meet four times a year.