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Residents & Trainees

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Welcome to the ESRA Residents & Trainees section!
ESRA wants to involve the next generation in the society and initiated the Residents & Trainees representative group. We are a group of residents/trainees, each democratically elected by the different affiliated societies of ESRA to be the Resident/Trainee representative of that country/zone.

Residents and Trainees

Pia Jæger
ESRA Board Residents & Trainees representative
Ana Fućak Primc

I am an anesthesia and intensive care medicine resident in the fourth year of training at the University hospital of Rijeka, Croatia. The duration of training in Croatia is more than five years. I am doing research in regional anesthesia for vascular surgery and also ultrasound guided thoracic and abdominal plane blocks which are also my phd thesis. I presented my research in ESRA Congresses.
In 2018 I was elected to be ESRA trainee representative for Croatia by the Croatian society for regional anesthesia.
Since 2014, I have completed several educational courses and ESRA workshops on the field of regional anesthesia in Ljubljana, Maastricht, Innsbruck, London, Geneva, Lugano and Copenhagen. I pratice regional anesthesia on a regular day basis and would like to encourage colleagues to widen their education in the field of regional anesthesia first of all to provide better patient care but also to network and meet colleagues from different countries, aexchange ideas and make new friends.

Tara Feeley

My name is Tara Feeley. I was elected as trainee representative by the Irish Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ISRA) for 2018-2019. In Ireland we have some of the world's innovators in the field of regional anesthesia, and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of these anaesthetists. The new ESRA Foundation Course, which is described on this page, has been derived from an innovation in training in Ireland. Thus we are very enthusiastic about regional anesthesia in Ireland. We are particularly proud the host the 37th Annual ESRA Congress in Dublin this September, and I look forward to meeting many of you there.

Marc Antoine GIANNI

I am a resident anaesthesiologist, actually in my final year on a 5 years program in Paris. I had several work experiences in both public and private practices, and worked for the French Army during one year. I am a strong believer that regional anaesthesia is the key of a paradigm shift regarding the whole hospital stay of our patients, which is my thesis topic. I have been elected this summer as French Trainee Representative and I’m very proud to be part of a great society promoting our specialty and opening our minds and perspectives for the future of our discipline.

Theodor Boț

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.

The Netherlands

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.

Alexander Verheggen

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.

Ann-Kristin Schubert
Adam Cugowski

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.

Valentina Crne

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.

Hadi Ufuk Yorukoglu
Jim Parry

I am in my seventh and final year of training in the Central School of Anaesthesia in the London Deanery. Regional anaesthesia offers an important tool to improve patients experience and outcomes, increase efficiency of care and reduce financial burden, especially in view of an increasingly frail population. As such, it is becoming an essential skill for the many rather than the enthusiastic few. I therefore feel it is important that gaining experience in regional anaesthesia is provided early on in our careers and that it is taught effectively and continuously throughout our training. I have recently returned from a regional fellowship in Perth, Australia and completed the Regional Anaesthesia MSc at the University of East Anglia. My interests include regional catheters, acute pain and quality improvement.

Rita Mesquita Ribeiro da Graça
Maria Tileli
Greece & Cyprus

My name is Maria Tileli, I am a 3rd-year Anaesthetics trainee at Asklepieion Hospital of Voula, Athens. I was fortunate to be exposed to Regional Anaesthesia from my early days as a trainee. My interest in Regional Anesthesia blossomed into currently undertaking a PhD in the duration of analgesia postoperatively. I believe that the advent of ultrasound-guided Regional Anesthesia has evolved our clinical practice and we should strive to cement these skills from the early years in trainee anaesthetists. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to serve as the new ESRA Trainee Representative for Greece & Cyprus, especially as Greece is hosting the next Annual ESRA Congress in Thessaloniki.

Alessandro Strumia

My name is Alessandro Strumia, I am a second-year Italian resident in Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. In Italy the training is 5 years long and offers the opportunity to rotate between all the branches of anesthesiology and critical care. I was elected as trainee representative for the ESRA Italian Chapter, the loco-regional anesthesia Italian society, in 2020. I am strongly interested in regional anesthesia; I practice RA almost every day at my hospital and I am involved in several RA related researches and protocols. I think that RA and its applications could be the future gold-standard for fast-track surgery, especially in the elderly or in patients with multiple comorbidities. For this reason, every anesthesiology resident should receive a complete and detailed training in the field of RA. In my opinion, trainees should be involved as much as possible in ESRA activities; it would be great to create an entire resident session inside the annual ESRA congress where trainees could present their own reports, confront themselves on most important themes and show how RA is performed in their own hospitals and countries. Moreover, creating a network between residents from different countries could create opportunity for cultural and professional exchange and consequently enhance personal growth.

Victoria Vega

I am beginning my third and penultimate year of residency in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital, in Madrid.
Regional anaesthesia has an increasingly important role in our daily procedures, especially when considering the growing proportion of elderly population and the characteristic comorbidity of this age group.
A comprehensive and thorough training in regional anaesthesia and sonography allows us to have such helpful resources as a complement to the analgesia-anaesthesia strategies in a multiplicity of surgeries.
It is thrilling to be a part of this and be able to foster the crucial role that regional anaesthesia has in our training, for it is a fascinating section of anaesthesia and one that I personally love.



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

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