ESRA Instructor Course

Date: Friday, 1 June 2018

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ESRA wishes to support and encourage Instructors in the field of Regional Anesthesia (RA) by providing additional educational knowledge, teaching skills and instruction techniques.

Required qualifications of an RA instructor are defined by ESRA:

  1. The RA instructor is a professional with expert knowledge and proficiency in RA. 
  2. The RA instructor knows and is able to apply basic didactical skills during instructions.

Passing the EDRA (European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Management) diploma parts I and II successfully demonstrates the expert knowledge of an RA instructor. However, being an expert in RA and having passed EDRA does not automatically result in great teaching skills. Therefore, this course focuses on "how" to teach in the first place instead of "what" is taught.

Learning Objectives

This course aims to develop teaching skills of regional anaesthesia instructors. Regional anaesthesia techniques; indications, performance of specific blocks are not primary focus of this course. It is understood that attendees master these techniques on a high level by meeting enrolment criteria to the course.

At the end of this course attendees will have gained a detailed understanding of adult learning styles, teaching styles, the role of the instructor and methods of delivering feedback within the context of regional anaesthesia and pain medicine.

Having completed this course the participant will develop as a proficient instructor with the following characteristics:                

  • facilitate development of procedural skills relevant to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine in a safe and comfortable environment;
  • recognise, understand and adapt to the learners needs;
  • assess performance and provide feedback in a constructive and non-confrontational manner;
  • facilitate deliberate practice and encourage self-learning and reflection.

​Information will be available soon.


European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS/EACCME)
An application will be made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for CME accreditation of this event. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS):

American Medical Association (AMA)
Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at .

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, visit:


Professional title/degreeFirst nameLast nameOrganizationPosition City Country
MDVedranFrkovicUni. Hosp.Consultant LinköpingSweden
MDClaraLoboUni. Hosp. Consultant Porto Portugal
MB MSc MDBrian D.O'DonnellUni. Hosp.ConsultantCorkIreland
MD PhDJessica WegenerAMCConsultantAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Course Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam.
To view their website, click here.

The train is the easiest and fastest way to travel from Amsterdam Airport to the city centre. This railway connection leaves from platform 1 and 2 in the airport main arrival hall and will take you to the train station Amsterdam Central in 15 minutes. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is just a few minutes' walk from the Central Station.

To save time on arrival, you can buy the railway ticket online here


The course is limited to 25 participants. Registrations are accepted on a first come first served basis.

Target group

This course was specially developed for anaesthesiologists with national and/or international instruction experience in teaching of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Course candidate selection

Selection criteria are:

  • Specialist anaesthetist registered with their respective national body;
  • Active teaching role in regional anaesthesia and/or pain medicine;
  • ESRA membership

ESRA Instructor Course

Friday, 1st June 2018

08:00-08:30 Welcome, introduction and getting to know you

08:30-09:00 Education to adults: the adult learner and the instructor

09:00-10:00 How to deliver Feedback

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:20 Giving a lecture session #

12:20-12:30 And now something totally different …

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Considerations in teaching procedural skills ***

15:30-16:00 Tea Break

16:00-17:00 Difficult senario’s in teaching

17:00-17:30 Putting it all together

Additional remarks

# Before the course, all participants will prepare a lecture of 5- 8 minutes about a favourite (non-medical) topic. Key is the how of an interactive presentation, the content is not important. Peer derived feedback will be provided by fellow participants.

***Participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a skill session to teach a skill during nerve block performance. US machines and NS-stimulators are available. By turn next topics are taught by the participants in their group. After each turn feedback will be delivered by peers.

- Interscalene block

- Fore-arm block

- Ancle block

- Practice on TOFU –block

- How to use a nerve stimulator

Participants need to be ESRA members 2018.

To join ESRA or renew your membership for 2018, click here.

Click here to download the registration form.

Once filled, please send the registration form by email to

Course fees

The registration fees are 500 EUR and include the course, 2 coffee breaks, 1 lunch and a drink & bite after the course.


Please contact the ESRA office by email or by telephone +41 22 510 56 10 for any questions.