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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

ESRA Board Residents & Trainees representative


I am an Anaesthesiology resident at CHTMAD, in the north of Portugal, and a member of the Portuguese Regional Anaesthesia Society Trainee' Section, also.
Since my early days as a trainee, regional anaesthesia (RA) has unceasingly fascinated and surprised me and I have become its enthusiast.
I am motivated to belong to such a daring project, as throughout times I always searched for something in which, coupled with academic/professional life, I could outline a distinct path towards self-development, whether through belonging/leading academic groups, theatre, mobility or volunteer programs.
I see in ESRA an opportunity to grow myself in this sense, individually and professionally, undoubtedly because of the human capital that composes it.
I strongly believe that basic training in RA should be disseminated as a fundamental practice, and advanced training should be easily accessible.
I am fully determined to fulfil the proposed mission and actively represent the residents/trainees. I value teamwork, have strong work ethics and foster positive interpersonal relationships. Likewise, critical thinking and commitment are my hallmarks, and, of course, my verve for regional anaesthesia. I’m all in.

Fani Alevrogianni

Hello, I'm Dr. Fani Alevrogianni, currently in my second year of residency in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at KAT Hospital in Athens, Greece. KAT Hospital is the largest accident and trauma center in the region, providing a dynamic and challenging environment for critical patient care.

Since the early days of my medical career, I've been captivated by the intricacies of regional anesthesia and its significant impact on perioperative management. This fascination has fueled my determination to improve the accessibility of knowledge and training in regional anesthesia, with the ultimate goal of optimizing patient outcomes.

In my perspective, it's crucial to actively involve trainees in the activities of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). I advocate for further enhancing the existing resident involvement within the annual ESRA congress. This initiative aims to provide trainees with an expanded platform to present their reports, actively participate in discussions on key themes, and demonstrate regional anesthesia practices from their respective hospitals and countries. Building upon the current structure, this effort seeks to deepen the engagement and contributions of trainees during the congress sessions.

I strongly believe in the power of networking and collaboration. Establishing a global network of residents in the field could provide valuable opportunities for cultural and professional exchange, contributing to personal growth and a broader understanding of regional anesthesia practices worldwide.

As the Greek ESRA trainee representative, I'm excited about the prospect of exchanging knowledge and experiences. In this role, I aim to foster a spirit of collaboration among trainees, bridging gaps, and facilitating a supportive environment for learning and contributing to the advancement of regional anesthesia on a global scale.

Manpreet BAHRA
Ludvik Drobne
Ivan Jurković
Justin Login
Mathias Maagaard
Nordic Countries
Laurens Minsart

During my first year as specialist in training I was exposed to the art of regional anaesthesia and the multitude of techniques it offers to accomplish adequate peri-procedural anaesthesia and comfortable patient care.

Consequently, I was aware of the challenge ahead to translate these techniques into a concise and generally available curriculum to other trainees and I am motivated to support initiatives and develop strategies to advance the effort of improving the formation for other trainees.

Being a trainee representative in the Belgian society of anaesthesia trainees (BAT) and in the Belgian Association of Regional Anaesthesia (BARA), I have turned these goals into actions through various events organised by the societies. The BARA board recognised my commitment and as a result saw me fit for the election as ESRA trainee representative.

I intend to continue my efforts and aim to form bonds and collaborations with my European colleagues to achieve the beforementioned goals and as a result we may improve the formation for the European trainees as a whole.

Mari Paz

Hello, I’m Mari Paz Fernández , I am in the third year of anesthesia residency at Costa del Sol University Hospital in Málaga, Spain. Our hospital is renowned for its specialized training programs in regional anaesthesia.
Beyond my clinical responsibilities, I proudly serve as the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA) representative in Spain, I’m excited to contribute to this exceptional team. My mission is twofold: to foster collaboration among fellow residents and to promote knowledge exchange within the field of regional anesthesia.
From the outset of my medical career, I’ve been captivated by the impact of regional anesthesia on perioperative care. I perceive ESRA as an opportunity for personal and professional growth, due to the multiple learning chances it offers and the team that makes it up.
As ESRA’s representative, I advocate for active resident participation in our annual congress and sharing experiences, research, and best practices.

Katharina Politt

I am a 4th year anesthesiology and intensive care resident at the University Hospital of Marburg, a city close to Frankfurt, Germany.
During my first year of training I was already introduced to the techniques of regional anesthesia and taught the advantages in clinical practice, such as reducing postoperative pain. Since then, I became very interested in RA and practice it as often as possible. I think it is very important that every resident has the possibility to learn and practice regional anesthesia from the beginning of residency. Therefore, I intend to improve the accessibility of knowledge and training of RA.
As the German ESRA trainee representative, I am looking forward to exchanging knowledge and experiences, and therefore learning from one another.

Lua Rahmani
The Netherlands

Commitment, professionalism and decisiveness. Characteristics that define who I am and how I work. My name is Gijs van der Veen and I am a 4th year Anesthesiology resident at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As Dutch representative I am looking forward to exchange ideas and experiences in regional anesthesia with European colleagues.

I believe that every anesthesiologist should incorporate regional anesthesia in his practice. As this can provide better pain control, reduce the risk of complications, speed up recovery times and reduce the need for opioids. I want to improve accessibility of knowledge and training, so every resident can enhance his skillset and become a specialist in regional anesthesia.

When I'm not working, I love mountain biking in the forests around Nijmegen or trying out new trails. When I'm feeling more creative, I enjoy woodworking and designing my own furniture. I also have a passion for travel and discovering new cultures. I've spent time living and working in South Africa and Suriname, and I've traveled extensively throughout South America and Europe.

Daniel Weber



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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