ESRA European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia Part I - ESRA

ESRA European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia Part I


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How it works:

  • Onsite only exam: Wednesday 4th September 2024, Prague, during our Annual Congress.
    Applications open on 8th May
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    Application deadline: 1st August 2024*

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

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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 (Approximate percentages)

Anatomy, 25%

  • Anatomy and sonoanatomy

Basic statistics, 3%
Perioperative and acute pain, 5%
Pharmacology and sedation, 10%
Physics and equipment, 4%
Physiology and physiopathology, 10%
Procedures, surgery and RA techniques 23%
Complications and side effects, 10%
Specific patient groups, about 10%

  • Includes trauma, elderly, obstetrics, paediatrics, obesity and other group with specific vulnerabilities

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