I am an anesthesia resident at the Radboudumc, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Also, I am doing research in the field of locoregional anesthesia for a phd thesis focused on locoregional anesthesia for fast-track orthopedic surgery. Training in The Netherlands is of 5 years duration and most residents learn their regional anesthesia skills in their 2nd year of training.
In 2018 I was elected to be the ESRA trainee representative for the Netherlands by the DARA (Dutch Association for Regional Anesthesia) trainee members. The DARA provides several courses (from basic to advanced) in regional anesthesia in The Netherlands. I strongly believe that all anesthesia residents should be trained in basic locoregional techniques, and should have easy access to more training to become specialized in locoregional anaesthesia, should they choose to.
I was the first elected trainee board member of the Belgian Association of RegionalAnaesthesia in 2016. At that time I was in my fourth year of training. I was interested in adopting this function to ensure that the needs of trainees and residents reach associations involved in organizing meetings, lectures and workshops concerning regional Anaesthesia in order to adapt the programs to their interests as well. Furthermore its important in participating actively in these societies from early on in training to ensure mandatory continuity, as research and innovation are keystone in improving patient outcome.
I am a trainee at Saarland University Medical Center at the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Therapy. Since 2016, I have been supporting the work group for regional anaesthesia and obstetrical anaesthesia in the organization of regional anaesthesia workshops. Training for anaesthesiologists in Germany is about 5 years duration. There are various ultrasound workshops throughout Germany, organized by different institutions. In our clinic there is a regular in-house course, in which young trainees learn the basics and experienced trainees can improve their skills.
I was voted to be the ESRA Trainee Representative from Poland in November 2016. I started my training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care 2 years earlier in hospital where I work – St. Lukas Hospital in Końskie and I completed a course accredited by the Polish Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in the field of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. We have organized many courses and workshops in RA, and we keep trying to popularize the benefits of RA.
Training in Poland lasts 6 years, and it is governed by Polish Society of Anaestesiology and Intensive Care.
I am a resident at University Medical Centre Ljubljana and I am a member of ESRA trainees and residents group since 2017. I am also part of Slovenian society of regional anaesthesia where I participated in organizing symposium about obstetric anaesthesia with invited guests from Mayo Clinic and am currently involved in process of forming first Slovenian school of regional anaesthesia. I practice regional anaesthesia whenever I have a chance and try to promote its use among other residents.
The duration of training in Slovenia is 6 years.
I am a third year resident of Anesthesiology at Hospital de San Juan, Alicante, Spain, and I have been recently elected as the national representative of Residents of Anesthesiology. My Hospital is one of the Spanish leading centers of regional anesthesia holding most of the national workshops on RA, and we receive numerous residents from other hospitals for acquiring these skills. Anesthesia is a 4 year training program in Spain and usually residents learn ultrasound guided RA in the second year of residency. However in our Hospital these procedures are done on a daily basis. I have had the opportunity to attend several meetings along these two years of training and participate in research projects. I look forward to collaborate with my European colleagues from ESRA to spread the benefits of RA.
Anesthesia and Intensive Care resident at the Emergency County Hospital Cluj-Napoca. Interested in ultrasound guided regional anesthesia, I had the opportunity to learn it and practice it in the hospital I’m working in. Member of Romanian Association of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy since its foundation in 2016. Member of the organizing committee of the Romanian Association of Regional Anesthesia Annual Congresses. Experienced workshops organizer and coordinator.
Our first project is to produce an ESRA Foundation Course in Regional Anesthesia. The aim is to provide a minimal level training in Regional Anesthesia throughout Europe for 1 st or 2 nd year residents. We are creating a booklet and a 1-day course with powerpoints which every hospital or department can request with the ISRA foundation course as a template. The ISRA foundation course was originally devised and developed in Ireland introduced in 2012. It is a one day course which all Irish anaesthetic trainees complete in their first 3 years of training. It gives participants a basis in the fundamentals of regional anaesthesia, as well demonstration of some key blocks and hands on needling. The course is universally popular among participants. It is very exciting that ESRA have adopting this model and are going to make it available across Europe. We plan to have it finished by January 1 st 2018 and you can find it here: Future link to booklet and presentations
EDRA – take the exam, it’s worth it!
“I am proud to be an EDRA diplomate. I sat the EDRA part 1 in Ljubljana in 2015. This exam required a good deal of study involving physiology, pharmacology, physics, anatomy as well clinical experience. The MCQ is fast and tough; the candidate needs to know the syllabus well and be well versed in MCQ practice. Prior to the part one I took part in a CPD accredited regional anaesthesia course at home in Ireland. While I attended the conference in Ljubljana I attended an ESRA cadaver course in the nearby university. The ESRA Congress cadaver courses are the most cost effective cadaver courses I know of and the faculty are truly world class.
Part 2 of the EDRA is very different from the MCQ. While all aspects of the syllabus can be asked; your real world knowledge, emergency management and technical skills are important. To be eligible for part 2 you must have completed a large number of central and peripheral blocks and have completed a cadaver course. I sat this exam in 2016 in Maastricht. A few weeks later I received the welcome news that I was successful.
Studying for the EDRA greatly increased my knowledge of all aspects of regional anaesthesia and since completing the EDRA I am definitely a vastly more confident and competent regional anaesthetist fully capable of independent practice.”
Mark Johson, Ireland
– ESRA Academy
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