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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Catalin-Iulian Efrimescu

As the newly elected Irish Society of Regional Anaesthesia Trainee Representative I am honoured to represent my fellow trainees at ESRA. I am currently completing my last year of training at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin.
The encounter with regional anaesthesia was a fortuitous event in my case. During my general training in Ireland, I have been fortunate enough to benefit from dedicated teaching and to learn from some of the world’s innovators in this field. Here at ISRA we believe that timely exposure to this subspeciality is a key element for ensuring the formation of competent regional anaesthesiologists. As such, through our innovative Foundation Course, we reach out to our trainees and recruit them at an early stage of their career.
In addition to regional anaesthesia I have an interest in perioperative medicine. Using the knowledge acquired during my ongoing masters in this field I plan to integrate regional anaesthesia as a dependable pilar of the care pathways for high risk patients.

Kristina Filipova
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.

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.

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.

Andrej Hostnik

I am in my fourth year of anesthesia residency at University Medical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia. Regional anesthesia is an important part of our 6-year training, with most residents learning the basic RA techniques during their first and second year. Benefits of RA are increasingly acknowledged and utilized. Thanks to Slovenian Society for Regional Anesthesia (SSRA) and ESRA, there are many opportunities for our trainees to strengthen their knowledge and improve their skills, including workshops, lectures and webinars.
I have been elected ESRA R&T representative for Slovenia in August 2019. I find it important to cooperate with colleagues from other countries, share ideas and experiences, aiming to improve training in our own hospitals. I believe that ESRA provides a platform to do so.

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.

Onur Kumcu

I’m a 4th year anesthesiology and intensive care resident at Manisa Celal Bayar University. I’m a member of Turkish Regional Anesthesia Society and I was elected as Turkish ESRA trainee representative in 2020. Regional anesthesia takes an important place in my daily practice. Thanks to our professors, since the early days of our residency we get familiar with neuraxial techniques and sonography in patients of all ages and we observe their benefits on patients both intra and post operatively; hence we feel more eager to learn new skills to increase the quality of patient care. With the help of regional anesthesia, providing a painless and comfortable experience for the patient who expects an operation to be painful and unpleasant encourages me to master my skills and share my knowledge with my collegues. With common tools like a local anesthetic, a needle and an ultrasound machine, one can make enormous impact on patient’s wellbeing. Only connection between such basic inputs and such great outputs is the knowledge which ESRA works diligently to share and increase. I feel honoured to work with respected members of ESRA.

Rita Mesquita Ribeiro da Graça
Ann-Kristin Schubert

My name is Ann-Kristin Schubert. I am a four-year resident in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the University Hospital in Marburg in Germany.
In 2019 I was elected to be the German trainee and resident representative. I am very proud to be a part of the European Society of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine.
From the early beginning of my trainee period, I have been fortunate to benefit from dedicated education and training in regional anaesthesia techniques. That is why I would like to contribute to improve education and access to regional anaesthesia techniques for all trainees and residents.
Furthermore, I am doing research with focus on the field of regional anaesthesia and perioperative pain therapy. I believe that improving future concepts in regional anaesthesia are keystone in improving patient perioperative outcome and satisfaction.

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.

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.



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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