Clinical Education

" The EEG should be transparent, highly accessible, physiologically-principled, and seamlessly compatible with current clinical practice. "

A growing body of research is demonstrating a new way of thinking about the electroencephalogram (EEG) that establishes easily recognizable “EEG signatures” and dose-response patterns for most of the major anesthetic drugs used to achieve sedation or unconsciousness. Crucially, these EEG signatures have a direct link to the underlying mechanisms of how these drugs act on the brain to promote sedation and unconsciousness. Using this approach, we believe that it is possible to deliver “personalized anesthesia care” for patients through the use of the EEG.

This website was developed to provide access to videos, tutorials, and other tools to help educate clinicians on how to use the EEG waveform and spectrogram to assist in anesthesia management.


Visit our YouTube channel EEG for Anesthesia to watch a series of short animated videos introducing essential concept of using the EEG for anesthesia management. You can also view these videos on this site by clicking button below.

Each videos is about 5 minutes in length.


Visit for online courses offering CME. These courses are intended to train professionals on the basics of using the EEG to recognize the altered states of arousal caused by commonly used anesthetic drugs.

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Series of online modules developed to provide an introduction to using the EEG for anesthesia monitoring.

Clinical EEG for Anesthesia:  key concepts for understanding the EEG and how different EEG patterns relate to altered states of arousal during general anesthesia.

The Aging Brain: how the brain changes as a result of typical aging and how this is reflected in the EEG signal during general anesthesia.



ICE-TAP  –  International Consortium for EEG Training of Anesthesia Practitioners

Teaching modules for anesthesiologists concerning EEG and its application in the OR setting.