The European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management was created in 2005 with the goal of establishing high standards for regional anaesthesia in Europe.
The Diploma intends to widen the activity spectrum of those anaesthesia specialists who are already in clinical practice and are interested in acquiring additional knowledge encompassing the entire field of regional anaesthesia and acute pain management.
The concept of ESRA- and CME / CDP-approved courses and workshops takes into account the knowledge level of reasonably experienced clinicians. The salient points of different techniques, the overall strategies for their use, as well as their advantages and risks, are stressed in each of the courses and workshops candidates attend.
Regional techniques are integral components of anaesthesia and are frequently administered to high-risk patients, ranging from newborns to the frail elderly. Therefore, the objective of the examination is to treat defined subjects in an encompassing way, with sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology related to regional anaesthesia, as well as skills in block performance in a holistic context. A proper approach to acute pain management is mandatory in the clinical practice of anaesthesia and its knowledge is part of the content of the EDRA examination.
The EDRA examination takes place yearly at the ESRA Annual meeting each September. Regional anaesthesia colleagues from outside Europe are able to participate in EDRA Part I (the written test) on the occasions that it takes place overseas, for example, in India and Singapore, or during world congresses, such as South Africa 2014. The venues and dates for the EDRA Part I examinations outside Europe will be posted on the ESRA website with at least 3 months’ notice.
The EDRA examination consists of Parts I and II, which are taken over a duration of at least two years.
The EDRA part I will be organized for the first time in the Middle East on Friday 28 April 2017 in Doha, Qatar during the 2nd Qatar Interventional Pain Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity.
A CME accredited Regional Anesthesia Workshop will take place before the examination on Friday morning. This workshop could be used as the pre-required workshop for part I. In that case, please upload a confirmation of registration when applying online. More details can be found on the flyer here.
To register to the workshop, please contact Ms Janice Fernanades: email@example.com or Ms Maria Rebello: firstname.lastname@example.org. . Contact phone number: +974 40256048 or +974 44396489 ( 07.00 to 15.00 Doha Time) .
The venue for the examination and the workshop will be the Qatar Robotic Centre, (www.qstp.org.qa). The examination will start at 15.00 and will end at 17.00.
Applications are now open, click here to apply online.
Applications deadline: 20 April 2017
Applications for EDRA 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland open on 1 May 2017.
Where? Singapore, during the SSA General Scientific Meeting & ASNACC Congress
When? Friday, 18 August 2017, date to be confirmed
Applications open on 1 May 2017
Where? Indore, India, during the AORA meeting
When? Saturday, 9 September 2017
Applications open on 1 May 2017
The examination fees are: Part I, €300 (€150 / retake), and Part II, €300 (€200 / retake). Fees must be paid in advance, upon application approval.
EDRA Part I results are communicated by email within one month after the day of examination. The total score, the pass rate, and details about the individual applicant’s performance (rating the different topics) will be provided. It is not possible for candidates to access individual exam papers (the exam itself) or to review questions.
EDRA Part II results are communicated by email within one month after the day of examination. The result is either pass or fail. In case of failure, a letter from the EDRA Chair and Part II Vice-Chair will provide details about the individual’s examination performance and any reasons for failure.
Feedback and constructive criticism regarding parts I and II are welcome and helps us to improve our efforts and the quality of the EDRA examination process. However, Insults or threats to the Exam Committee or its members are not tolerated. Regrettably, a small minority of unsuccessful candidates in the past have used an aggressive or demanding tone, that in some rare cases, became offensive. We understand the frustration of failing an exam; regardless, we will report any and all aggressive and / or offensive incidents to the
ESRA Board, which may subsequently choose to exclude candidates from EDRA and ESRA as consequence.
We expect every candidate to exhibit respectful behaviour during both the written and oral exam toward examiners, models, and EDRA / Congress staff. Inappropriate behaviour (cheating on the written exam, insulting examiners, etc.) may lead to immediate exclusion and disqualification from the EDRA exam.
EDRA will be conducted in both parts in English, therefore a good command of English is strongly recommended. The MCQ for EDRA part I will be corrected by English native speakers to avoid unnecessary confusion.
The faculty of EDRA part II is international. All of them are experienced examiners and speakers at international congresses. The English of the examiners is in all cases clearly understandable but not equivalent to a native speaker level. As there are two examiners in the room, all potential language-derived questions could be cleared during the exam.
What happens if you fail?
Unsuccessful participants are encouraged to re-take the failed part of the exam within 2 years at a reduced fee. Re-takers may apply for the exam to be performed at the ESRA annual meeting with no additional requirements. EDRA part I can be re-taken unlimited times. EDRA part II can be only re-taken three times.
The list of diplomates who have passed the EDRA examination is shown here.
The use of the EDRA logo is strictly reserved for the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). The sentence “Counts towards the EDRA” can only be used on CME-accredited workshop materials.
A workshop organised by a national society affiliated with ESRA is only valid if it is CME-accredited.
Click here to access the terms of reference.
José Aguirre, CH Chair
Narinder Rawal, SE Vice-Chair Part I
Morné Wolmarans, UK Vice-Chair Part II
Eriphyli Argyra, GR
Svetlana Galitzine, UK
Lukas Kirchmair, AT
Clara Lobo, PT
Eleni Moka, GR
Jessica Wegener, NL
Ex-Officio Board member
José de Andrés, ES ESRA President
Chandra Kumar, SG
André Van Zundert, AU
Herman Sehmbi, CAN
For further information, please contact the EDRA Office
Tel: +41 22 510 56 12
Fax: +41 22 510 56 14