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Residents & Trainees

About Us

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

Elected to the Board

The Netherlands

I am an anesthesiology resident at the Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and I have completed a PhD at the Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen. My research focus is on duration of peripheral nerve blockades. As a physician, I take a special interest in pain management. I have been elected to be the 1 st Residents and Trainees representative on the ESRA board in 2016. Together with Clara Lobo, Josip Azman and many others, I’ve been involved in the 1 st ESRA Trainees Workshop in Porto in 2017. I am the resident representative for DARA since 2016 and we provide several courses (from basic to advanced) in regional anesthesia in The Netherlands.
Training in The Netherlands is of 5 years duration and most residents learn their regional anesthesia skills in their 2 nd year of training.

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.

Marion Ritter

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.

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.

Luis Such Sánchez
Hadi Ufuk Yorukoglu
Maria Chazapis

Foundation Course:

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

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