The applicant who has passed EDRA Part I no longer than 3 years before applying for EDRA Part II needs to meet the following pre-requisites:
1. Written confirmation by the Head of the Department / Program director of performance of:
i. 150 neuraxial blocks including spinal, epidural and combined spinal/epidural
ii. 150 peripheral nerve blocks
- 75 upper limb nerve blocks including 30 interscalene, 30 infraclavicular/axillary and 15 distal nerve blocks at cubital and wrist level,
- 75 lower limb nerve blocks including 20 proximal sciatic, 20 femoral, 20 popliteal and 15 single nerve blocks including blocks at the ankle level
iii. 30 various nerve blocks including paravertebral, intercostal, abdominal wall blocks, penile, caudal and
IVRA (Bier’s block)
2. Certificate of attendance of at least 3 courses/workshops – at least 1 workshop must be an
i. One Cadaver Workshop
ESRA Congress Cadaver WS, ESRA Cadaver WS in Innsbruck, Paris, or Ljubljana or another CME/CPD** approved Cadaver WS. Combined Cadaver and Ultrasound WS/Course will be recognised as Cadaver WS
ii. Two Hands-on Workshops
ESRA Hands-on workshops at the congress and the Winter Week or another CME/CPD** approved WS
* 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.
3. Valid ESRA membership
4. Good command of English
5. Once accepted and if not done for EDRA part I, 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 (only 1 congress registration is necessary).
When? Monday-Tuesday, September 11-12, 2017
Where? 36th annual ESRA congress, Lugano, Switzerland
What? 25-30 minutes oral examination on block performance on live model as well as on procedure based regional anaesthesia (clinical case). Each candidate will be evaluated on his knowledge of all techniques.
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