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

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Participants to the Instructor Course benefit from a 10% discount on the Best Available Rate at the time of making the booking at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

To benefit from this discount, please use the link below to book your room:,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Participants can also book their accommodation online for a greater choice.


Kenes is committed to being a valuable and knowledgeable partner in the design and delivery of educationally strong, independent, transparent, and effective CME/CPD programmes. Kenes is a proud member of the Good CME Practice Group (gCMEp), a member organisation contributing to improving health outcomes by:


  • Championing best practice in CME/CPD
  • Maintaining and improving standards
  • Mentoring and educating
  • Working in collaboration with critical stakeholders


Membership in the Good CME Practice Group illustrates Kenes commitment to high standards and knowledgeable partnership with its clients in the design and delivery of medical events.


After attending this event, participants should be able to:  

- Address individual needs in compliance with their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plan.

- Apply procedural skills relevant to regional anaesthesia and pain medicine in a safe and comfortable environment.

- Demonstrate providing and receiving effective feedback

- Asses performance and provide feedback in a constructive and non-confrontational manner.

- Facilitate deliberate practice and encourage self-learning and reflection.



The ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anesthesia was specially developed for anaesthesiologists with national and/or international instruction experience in teaching of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.


European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS/EACCME)
The 3rd ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anaesthesia is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS):

The 3rd ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anaesthesia is designated for a maximum of, or up to, 7 European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. 

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:



The CME/CPD certificate will be available after completing the online evaluation and credit claiming procedure. The process takes about 5 minutes. We thank you for your feedback as it is an important part of CME/CPD accreditation and helps improve future educational offerings.

Before July 1, 2018:

1. Access the online system via any of the following

              - Visit the following link

              - Please note that web browsers Mozilla Firefox 2.X or higher, or Google Chrome are recommended

              - Visit the CME/CPD Accreditation page on the event website

              - Follow the link in the email sent at the end of the event

2. Complete the anonymous online evaluation

3. Complete the credit claim form and submit

4. The CME/CPD certificate will be available for download and/or print for your personal records


Kindly note that the online evaluation will be active on the last day of the meeting. You will then be able to access it and claim your CME/CPD certificate.



In accordance with CME/CPD accreditation criteria and standards for commercial support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor, those in control of the educational content must disclose potential or actual conflicts of interest. Disclosure information is evaluated and conflicts of interest resolved. Disclosure is made to participants prior to the activity. Participants will be asked on the evaluation to assess the objectivity and independence of the event.

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

Please note: the ESRA Instructor Course is  Fully Booked!

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 20 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

Please note: the ESRA Instructor Course is  Fully Booked!

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.