The Power of Practical Teaching: clinical, hands-on and cadaver workshops - ESRA

ESRA Updates

October 2023 | Issue 13

The Power of Practical Teaching: clinical, hands-on and cadaver workshops

José Aguirre (Balgrist University Hospital, Switzerland) @JAG_4773

The WCRAPM in Paris marked a momentous milestone, underscoring our unwavering dedication to delivering enriching experiences for delegates through a meticulously curated selection of workshops. A comprehensive offering of 130 clinical and cadaver hands-on workshops was thoughtfully dispersed throughout the Congress Center and the esteemed Ecole de Chirurgie, drawing the participation of 1791 delegates who attended at least one workshop.

Clinical Hands-On Workshops:

Delegates had the unique opportunity to participate in 40 distinct clinical hands-on workshops. Each workshop, focusing on various sub-topics like shoulder surgery, featured one ultrasound, one instructor, and model for six delegates, with four rotations of 30 minutes each. This format facilitated active engagement in scanning under supervision, exploring critical areas such as diaphragm-sparing nerve blocks. The workshops went beyond regional anesthesia, covering pediatric anesthesia, chronic pain, and POCUS topics.

Mini Workshops:

The program also included 72 mini workshops, accommodating 10 delegates each. Concentrating on specific main topics like regional anesthesia for trauma patients, these workshops encouraged active ultrasound scanning with a detailed focus. Delegates could tailor their learning experience to their professional interests, choosing from topics like ophthalmic anesthesia, chronic pain, and POCUS.

Cadaver Workshops:

For a hands-on cadaveric experience, 9 cadaver workshops were offered, involving one cadaver, one instructor for six delegates, and six rotations of 30 minutes. Fresh frozen cadavers were introduced daily, and participants not only had guided scanning but also the opportunity to perform blocks under supervision, refining their needling skills. The spectrum covered all types of regional anesthesia, ophthalmic anesthesia, chronic pain, and included X-rays for a comprehensive learning experience.


A remarkable synergy unfolded each day with approximately 24 dedicated models, over 50 instructors, and various types of technology and equipment. We express profound gratitude to the Industry Partners for their generous provision of cutting-edge equipment, playing a pivotal role in the success of our workshops. Additional thanks go to CLARIUS, FUJIFILM/SONOSITE, INTELLIGENT ULTRASOUND, SONOSCANNER, WISONIC, MINDRAY, GE, SIEMENS, PAJUNK for their indispensable support. This collaborative effort between equipment providers and medical technology companies was instrumental in bringing these workshops to fruition.

ESRA is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in practice teaching. We actively seek and appreciate feedback from every delegate, valuing their insights and commitment to advancing medical education. This feedback is crucial in shaping the future of our educational initiatives. We acknowledge the depth of commitment from all stakeholders, including partners, faculty, delegates, models, etc., significantly contributing to the elevation of standards in medical learning and practice. Thank you for being an essential part of our ongoing journey toward excellence.

Topics: Pain Medicine , Regional Anaesthesia , Clinical Workshop , WCRAPM , Cadaver Workshop

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