Please note that the following pre-requisites are required in order to take the EDRA Part I (written examination). The EDRA Board must validate all applications. The number of place is limited; we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.


Medically qualified physicians wishing to take the EDRA Part I need to meet the following pre-requisites:


  1. The applicant has been in an official anesthesiology training program for a minimum of 2 years before applying for the examination
  2. The applicant must have attended a minimum of 1 ESRA* workshop or CME/CDP** approved workshop
  3. The applicant is an ESRA member, with valid membership
  4. The applicant must have good command of English
  5. Once accepted, the applicant will have to purchase a registration to the ESRA annual congress in order to finalize his/her application and pay for the examination (congress registration is not mandatory for re-takers).


* The following are considered ESRA workshops: ESRA Congress WS, ESRA Cadaver WS in Innsbruck, Paris or Eastern Europe WS, ESRA Winter Week.


**Workshops must have CME/CPD accreditation approved by the official national anaesthetic colleges/faculty or educational body, where appropriate. Number of CME/CPD points must be visible on the certificate.


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How it works:

When? Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, 14:00-16:00
Where? 36th annual ESRA congress, Lugano, Switzerland

What? 100 Multiple Choice Questions, 2 hours examination
Click here to access a sample of questions




Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to regional anaesthesia (including common concomitant diseases like diabetes, chronic lung disease, bleeding disorders etc).
Pharmacology of drugs commonly used in regional anaesthesia and pain therapy

Basis of statistics
Methods and strategies in regional anaesthesia and pain therapy for:
gynecology/ obstetrics, children, elderly, trauma, acute and perioperative pain

Procedure oriented regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain management

Application of regional anaesthesia for surgical oriented procedure

Performance of neural blockades including neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks and catheter techniques

Advantages/disadvantages, risk/benefits and indications/contra-indications to regional techniques

Management of complications and side effects of neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks including management of failed block

Sedation in regional anaesthesia

Surgical site analgesia technique

Equipment e.g. nerve stimulator, ultrasound, needles and perineural catheters

Attitudes and behavior of the examinee including communication skills

>>Extended syllabus


Allocation of topics:


  • +/- 70% on regional anesthesia ( covering all fields ) and acute pain
  • +/- 10% management of perioperative pain
  • +/- 10% physiology and physiopatology
  • +/- 10% neurostimulation, ultrasonography and basic statistics


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