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5th ESRA Instructor Course – postponed to 2021


The Portuguese government did not make any directive advising the postponement or cancelation of any course or workshop of this size. However, for safety reasons and due to the travel restrictions, this meeting is cancelled.

To those who have already paid their registration fees, ESRA gives the opportunity to transfer registration to the next edition of the event or receive an immediate refund, according to the participant’s wishes.

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If you have any question or request, please contact us at office@esraeurope.org


“Optimising learner experience by facilitating trainer development”




Date: Sunday 21 June 2020 – Monday, 22 June 2020

Course Venue:

Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

Rua Tenente. Valadim 146, 4100-476 Porto, Portugal

+351 22 040 4000


The best course for learning teaching skills and instruction techniques in a great environment! It is a unique opportunity to focus on “how” to teach in the first place instead of “what” is taught.

Click here to see why you should attend this course!

Instructors in the field of Regional Anaesthesia (RA) are supported and encouraged by ESRA. Education in RA is part of the ESRA’s main goal of establishing Comfortable Care Everywhere.

This course provides additional educational knowledge, teaching skills and instruction techniques to instructors. ESRA offers the opportunity to develop your educational values in Regional Anaesthesia.


Required qualifications of an RA instructor are defined by ESRA:

  1. The RA instructor is a professional with expert knowledge and proficiency in RA.
  2. The RA instructor knows and is able to apply basic didactical skills during instructions.


Learning Objectives


This course aims to develop teaching skills of regional anaesthesia instructors. Regional anaesthesia techniques; indications, performance of specific blocks are not primary focus of this course. It is understood that attendees master these techniques on a high level by meeting enrolment criteria to the course.


At the end of this course attendees will have gained a detailed understanding of adult learning styles, teaching styles, the role of the instructor and methods of delivering feedback within the context of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine.


Having completed this course the participant will develop as a proficient instructor with the following characteristics:

  • facilitate development of procedural skills relevant to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine in a safe and comfortable environment;
  • recognise, understand and adapt to the learners needs;
  • assess performance and provide feedback in a constructive and non-confrontational manner;
  • facilitate deliberate practice and encourage self-learning and reflection.


We look forward to seeing you in Porto. This course has a limited number of places (max 25 places) and in previous years it was rapidly sold out!

Course Venue

Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

Rua Tenente. Valadim 146, 4100-476 Porto, Portugal

+351 22 040 4000


The course is limited to 25 participants. Registrations are accepted on a first come first served basis.


Target group

This course was specially developed for anaesthesiologists with national and/or international instruction experience in teaching of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine.


Course candidate selection

Selection criteria are:

  • Specialist anaesthetist registered with their respective national body;
  • Active teaching role in regional anaesthesia and/or pain medicine;
  • ESRA membership

Participants need to be ESRA members 2020.

To join ESRA or renew your membership for 2020, click here


The registration fees are 530 EUR and include the course, 1 dinner on Sunday evening, 1 lunch on Monday and 2 coffeebreaks and a welcome drink on Sunday evening to meet the faculty and other participants.


Payment of registration fees (in EUR) can be made as follows:

By Credit Card: Visa or MasterCard

By Bank Transfer (additional 30 EUR handling fee is required):

  • Please ensure that the name of the Workshop and of the participant are stated on the bank transfer.
  • Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source in addition to the registration fees.

Please make drafts payable to:

KBC Grimbergen
IBAN BE72 7340 2880 9716 EUR

  • Registration will only be valid upon receipt of the full payment by the registration department according to the deadline indicated. An email confirming registration will only be sent after receipt of the required fees.
  • Outstanding payments will be collected on-site and charged with the on-site rate. A copy of the bank transfer (or other proof of payment) will be required in the event that registration fees were not credited to the Socity account on time.


All cancellations must be electronically mailed to office@esraeurope.org

Refund of registration fee will be as follows:

Note, in case of cancellation at any stage, a cancellation fee of EUR 30 will be applied and bank transfer charge will not be reimbursed.

  • Cancellations received up and including 21 May 2020 – full refund
  • Cancellations received between 22 and 14 June 2020 – 50% refund
  • As of 15 June 2020 – no refund will be made


ESRA Office

Tel: +41 22 510 56 10 I Fax: +41 22 510 56 14

E: office@esraeurope.org I W: www.esraeurope.org

SUNDAY, 21 June 2020


17:30-17:45                 Welcome in Porto


17:45-18:30                 Introduction and Getting to know you                                    

After welcoming, introduce yourself in your small group.  Small groups will be mentored by Faculty members.

18:30 -19:00                Education to adults: the adult learner and the instructor                    

Jessica Wegener        First a short explanation is presented whereupon groups are requested to discuss a few questions.

19:00-19:15                 How to deliver 

Clara Lobo                 A lively training in giving and receiving feedback

19:30-20:00                 Drink together


MONDAY, 22 June 2020


8:00-10:00                   Giving a lecture session#

Jacqueline Bustraan      Short introduction by Jacqueline. Most important aspects of effective lecturing are highlighted. Everyone will give a short presentation (8 minutes) by turn in small groups.

10:00-10:10                And now something totally different …The Pippa Block

10:10-11:00                 Coffee break


11:00-11:40                 How to set up and run RA workshop?

Peter Merjavý


11:40-12:30                 Examples of a challenging workshop

All instructors        Did you ever experience difficult situations when teaching or instructing. We will discuss some difficult scenario’s and find a couple of solutions.


12:30-13:30                 Lunch


13:30-15:30                  Considerations in teaching procedural skills ***                                 

Geert Jan van Geffen      After considering most important techniques of teaching procedural skills, in each group different roles will be practised to train some regional anaesthesia techniques like the scenario of workshops. Roles shall be changed frequently. At the end experiences from the groups will be shared and summarized.

            Tea Break

16:00- 17:00                Looking back and forward: Trends and Plans for the future

Jacqueline Bustraan


17:00-17:30                 Closing remarks and your personal take home message                     

Jessica Wegener


Learning Material

The success of this  course depends on  your sound preparation.

For preparation you should read the learning material.

After your registration and fee payment ESRA provides the course learning material to you for free.
The material includes a paper book :

Pocket Guide to Teaching for Clinical Instructors, 3rd Edition

Ian Bullock (Editor), Mike Davis (Editor), Andrew Lockey (Editor), Kevin Mackway-Jones (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-86007-6
112 pages
August 2015, BMJ Books

Secondly,  10 recent publications on education of medical professionals will be provided for background information. These publications are selected by the faculty and an educational professional. You will receive a link for downloading the publications  after your registration.


An online pretest (multiple choice)  will be provided one month prior to  the course.  We ask you to complete the test before attending the course. We will announce a  price winner on the day of the course.

Presentation skills

Prepare a 5-8-minutes talk about  your (non-medical) favourite topic. You will present your topic during the the day of the course and you will get some personal tips.


We will ask you to complete a short questionnaire about your educational experience.

Preliminary Course Program

You will be invited to the Precourse Meeting on Sunday evening for the introduction.




Jessica Wegener MD, PhD,  EDRA FIPP,  is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist, Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen. She initiated the practise of peripheral nerve blocks and developed training programs in UGRA at the department of Anesthesiology, Amsterdam UMC. She completed her PhD on these topics. For many years she was in the Board of the Dutch Association for Regional Anesthesia. She is an instructor of the DARA, board member of EDRA.  Initiator and Course director of the ESRA Instructor Course.


Clara Lobo  MD,  EDRA is a Consultant Anesthetist at Hospital das Forças Armadas/Polo do Portoin Portugal and she is the Secretary General of ESRA.  For several years she was responsible for the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program in one of the institutions where she had worked previously. She is also a faculty member of the Human Anatomy Department of ICBAS, Oporto University, President of Clube de Anesthesia Regional – CAR, a Portugese Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and representing Portugal at the ESRA Council of Representatives, lecturing, teaching and reviewing papers for publication in CAR’s Journal and website.


Jacqueline Bustraan is a MSc in Educational Science. She combines her role as senior educational advisor and researcher in postgraduate medical specialty training at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands with various teaching & development activities from her small private company BOAT (Bustraan Organisation, Advice and Training). She has  experience in teaching doctors in the Generic Instructor Course for ALSG (Advanced Life Support Group) in the Netherlands and occasionally abroad. She is also member of the Senior Educator Advisory Board of the International ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) program of the American College of Surgeons. The focus in her research is on selection and attrition in postgraduate medical specialty training.


Geert Jan van Geffen MD PhD EDRA is Consultant Anesthetist at The Radboud University Hospital Nijmegen in The Netherlands with main clinical and research interests in Regional Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Combat and Emergency Medicine, that resulted in many publications. He completed his PhD in the field of UGRA and is the founder of UGRA in the Netherlands. For many years he was part of the DARA board, treasurer of the ESRA, board-member of EDRA. For many years he is highly involved in lecturing, teaching and reviewing for ESRA  and many other organizations.


Peter Merjavý, MD PhD FRCA EDRA CETC. Consultant Anaesthetist, Craigavon Area Hospital, UK. Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK. Peter works as Consultant Anaesthetist and Acute Pain Lead in Craigavon Area Hospital, NI, UK. He has completed European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) in 2008 and was awarded his PhD in 2011. He is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia for the MSc in Regional Anaesthesia and EDRA Examiner as well as EDRA Board member. He is President of Northern Ireland Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Slovak Association of Regional Anaesthesia.


Humberto RebeloEDRA and EDPM, is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Hospital Luz Arrabida in Vila Nova de Gaia- Porto in Portugal. He is the ESRA Portugese Representant and Vice-President of Clube de Anesthesia Regional – CAR, a Portugese Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.  He was the responsible for some years of the Anesthesiology for orthopaedic Surgery in the previous institution that has worked. He implemented the ultrasound regional anesthesia in the previous institution that has worked. He is active in lecturing, teaching and reviewing papers for publication in CAR and ESRA.



European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS/EACCME)
An application will be made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.

The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS): www.uems.net.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme .

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit: www.royalcollege.ca.