EDRA Part 1 - ESRA

EDRA Part 1


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How it works:

  • When? Tuesday, 21 June 2022
    Where? Thessaloniki, Greece before the ESRA annual congress
    Applications: now closed
  • When? Sunday, 2 October 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00pm, India time
    Where? Mumbai, India during the AOSRA-PM & AORA 2022 (registration mandatory)
    Applications: now closed
  • When? Saturday 19 November 2022 | 1-3pm local time
    Where? Crown Plaza Hotel, Riyadh Almanhal, Saudi Arabia during the 15th Saudi Anesthesia Society Conference (registration mandatory)
    Applications: now closed
    Applications deadline: 1 November 2022*
  • When? Sunday 20 November 2022 | 9-11am local time
    Where? Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa, during the SASRA National Congress (registration mandatory)
    Applications: now closed
    Applications deadline: 1 November 2022*

*Should the minimum number of candidates not be reached, ESRA reserves its right to cancel the exam.

What? All questions will be SBAs and have 4 possible alternatives. Candidates will have 2 hours.
EDRA Part I is a “bring your own computer” event, which means you bring your own computer to do the exam. Check your computer here. Questions about computer compatibility should be sent to support@ortrac.com

* The EDRA Board reserves the right to close the applications if the maximum capacity is reached before the closing date.


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 acute pain management.
Basic statistics
Methods and strategies in regional anaesthesia and pain therapy for:
gynaecology / obstetrics, children, elderly, trauma, acute and perioperative pain

Procedureoriented regional anaesthesia and postoperative pain management

Application of regional anaesthesia for surgically oriented procedures

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

Advantages / disadvantages, risk/ benefits, and indications / contraindications for 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 infiltration technique

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

Attitudes and behaviour of the examinee while performing regional anaesthesia


>>Extended syllabus

Topic allocation

Anatomy, 25%

  •        Includesneuraxial blocks, peripheral blocks, and sono anatomy

Basic statistics, approx. 3%

Perioperative and acute pain, approx 10%

Pharmacology and sedation, 15-20%

Physics and equipment, 5%

Physiology and physiopathology, 10%

Procedures, surgery and RA techniques, approx 10%

Complications and side effects, 10%

Specific patient groups, about 10%

  •        Includes trauma, elderly, obstetrics, paediatrics, and obesity


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