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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

Toby Ashken

I am a year 6 (of 7) anaesthesia trainee at Imperial in London and have completed a year-long regional fellowship at University College London Hospital which has a dedicated block room and many enthusiastic regional anaesthetists. This convinced me that too few trainees have the opportunity to become proficient at regional anaesthesia and, therefore, too few patients benefit from regional techniques. I joined the board of Regional Anaesthesia in 2020 and look forward to contributing to ESRA.

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.

Kristina Filipova
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.

Colleen Harnett
Jeppe Henriksen
Nordic Countries

I am a 2 year resident in anesthesia and intensive care at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. I am 30 years old, and I graduated from medical school in 2017. I was fortunate to be trained in regional anesthetic techniques from my first day in anesthesia. However, i know that not all trainees are that fortunate, and for some, the training and supervision is sparse. I would like to improve education and training of regional anesthesia, among young trainees like myself.

Ivan Ivanovski
Aaron JOHN
The Netherlands

I am a 4th year Anesthesia resident at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The training in the Netherlands has a duration of 5 years. I have participated at many courses and workshops on the field of regional anesthesia in the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal organized by the DARA and ESRA.
In 2020 I was elected by the DARA (Dutch Association for Regional Anesthesia) to be the ESRA trainee representative for the Netherlands.
I strongly believe that all anesthesia residents should be trained in basic regional anesthesia techniques and should have easy access to more training to become specialist in regional anesthesia. This will be my focus as an ESRA trainee representative. Furthermore, this is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas and experiences with other colleagues from other countries.

Hana Kavcic
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.

Javier Nieto

My name is Javier Nieto. I am a second year trainee in Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. I am based in Málaga, working and learning at Hospital Costa del Sol in Marbella. I chose my hospital since trainees are highly educated in RA since the first year. I think regional anesthesia is the field with more chance of evolving and developing in the next years, since we are finding every team more and more surgeries where we can apply them improving the recovery and the state of our patients. Since 2022 I was elected as representative of ESRA Spain. I am quite delighted to learn from ESRA experts and all the opportunities they offer. In my opinion, trainees should be taught or introduced to the use of ultrasound techniques since the start. My aim after I am finished as a trainee is to be able to apply RA in my daily practice in all types of surgeries.

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.

Virgil Poltorac

I am an anesthesia resident in the fifth and last year of training from Cluj-Napoca, I am training in the Cluj County Emergency Hospital and started my journey in regional anesthesia from the first year of training with my mentor Dr. Dan Dirzu. I am involved in organizing ARAR (the Romanian congress of regional anesthesia and pain therapy), for 6 months I trained in pediatric regional anesthesia and adult pain therapy in the capital city of Bucharest. This year I was elected to represent the trainees from Romania and I am looking forward to bringing regional anesthesia to as many fellow residents as possible.

Rita Mesquita Ribeiro da Graça
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.

Maria Tileli

I am a 3rd year Anaesthetics trainee building my experience and knowledge at Asklepieion Hospital, one of the busiest orthopaedic and trauma centres in Athens. I joined ESRA from my early days as a trainee as I was attracted by their continuing education, collaboration and members culture. I immersed into regional anaesthesia by attending ESRA workshops, attending RA conferences, furthered my teaching skills by participating in the ESRA Video Contest and currently undertaking a Phd in the duration of analgesia postoperatively. Having worked and trained in both the UK and Greek health services, I am able to value the emphasis needed to be placed on understanding the needs of trainees in different countries. My motivation is to bring together, facilitate and support, a trainees section that will promote communication, trainee needs, encourage involvement and canvass the views and opinions of the junior doctors ESRA represents.
In addition to promoting and aligning with the goals set out by ESRA, my aim will also include evaluating the needs of the trainees, engaging by promoting widespread competence and building a path of implementation in order to integrate these skills to prepare for the EDRA pathway.

Görkem Usta

I am Görkem Usta from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation. I am in my 3rd year in my residency.



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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