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5th ESRA Instructor Course


“Optimising learner experience by facilitating trainer development”




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

Place: Porto, Portugal


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

Registration is not open yet. 

Participants need to be ESRA members 2020.

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


The registration fees are 500 EUR and include the course, 2 coffee breaks, 1 lunch and a drink & bite the evening before the course to meet the faculty and the 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

The success of this  course depends on  your sound preparation.

Learning Material

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.


Professional title/degree First name Last name Organization Position  City  Country
MD PhD Jessica Wegener Amsterdam UMC -Sint Maartenskliniek Consultant – Instructor Course Director Nijmegen The Netherlands
MD Clara Lobo Uni. Hosp. Consultant Porto Portugal
MB MSc MD Brian D. O’Donnell Uni. Hosp. Consultant Cork Ireland
MD PhD Geert Jan Van Geffen UMC Nijmegen Consultant Nijmegen The Netherlands
MD PhD Peter Merjavy Uni. Hosp. Consultant Craigavon UK
MD Humberto Rebelo Uni. Hosp. Consultant Vila Nova de Gaia Portugal




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.