ESRA Workshops

Date: 16 June, 2017
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.

This course is a specially designed instructor course where future ESRA approved instructors will learn a set of basic didactic skills as well as train different educational methods.

After meeting both qualifications, EDRA diplomate and attending the instructor course, a RA instructor can be appraised as an ESRA approved instructor.

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.



Course Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam
Click here, for more information. 


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;
  • EDRA diploma part I


Registration  is now closed

Participants need to be ESRA members 2017 and have passed the first part of the EDRA diploma.

To join ESRA or renew your membership for 2017, click here


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.

08:00-08:30                        Welcome, Introduction and Getting to know you                                            

Geert Jan Van Geffen /Jessica Wegener

                                                After welcoming, introduce yourself in the group of colleagues.

One person in the group takes notes by turn.

                                                Tell the colleagues in your group why you are joining this course.

Main reasons of your group is written down by the note taker on paper (flip over)

                                                At the end the reasons are shared with other groups.

By doing the introduction in this way in your group, you will experience how we will work together during the course.


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

Jessica Wegener

First a short explanation is presented whereupon groups are requested to discuss a few questions. Main results will be written down by the note-taker.

                                                Different and similar results are compared and summarized in the whole group at the end. 



09:00-10:00                       How to deliver Feedback                                                                                              

Clara Lobo

A short instruction is given how to deliver effective feedback. A video of someone, performing a regional anaesthesia technique, is shown in the class before practicing and simulating feedback in small groups. Roles are divided in the groups by turn.


10:00-10:30                         Coffee Break



10:30-12:00                        Giving a lecture session #                                                                                            

Geert Jan Van Geffen

Most important aspects of effective lecturing are highlighted. Then, a few persons will be invited to present an 8 min. lecture. After each lecture some participants will be requested  to deliver  effective feedback. Common points concerning lecturing and providing feedback will be summarized. Finally, sit back, relax and enjoy.


12:00-12:30                         Small group discussion ** (Optional, if time allows)                                        

Jessica Wegener

How to moderate interactive group discussions. After an explanation to all, groups will discuss assigned topics with a moderator by turn.


12:30-13:30                        Lunch                                                            



Vedran Frkovic                 Considerations in teaching procedural skills ***                              

After considering most important techniques of teaching procedural skills, in each group different roles will be practised to train some regional anaesthesia techniques like the scenario of workshops. Roles shall be changed frequently. At the end experiences from the groups will be shared and summarized.


15:30-16:00                        Tea Break


16:00-17:00                         Difficult scenario's in teaching  

Geert Jan Van Geffen   Did you ever experience difficult situations when teaching or instructing. Discuss in your group and note common difficult scenario's. We will share the scenarios to all and find solutions of different ways to handle next time.


17:00-17:30                         Putting it all together                                                                                                    


Summary of the whole day. We will collect all comments and recommendations. Think about your own personal points for improvement or change.                                                      



Additional remarks


# Before the course, all participants will prepare a 8 minute lecture on a topic of their choice in regional anaesthesia. Peer derived feedback will be provided by fellow participants.


** Participants will be required to prepare a small group session on one of the basic peripheral nerve blocks


***Participants will be asked to prepare and deliver a skill session to teach a skill during nerve block performance.



Professional title/degreeFirst nameLast nameOrganizationPosition City Country
MD PhDGeert Jan Van Geffen UMC NijmegenConsultantNijmegenThe Netherlands
MDClaraLoboUni.Hosp. Consultant Porto Portugal
MDVedranFrkovicUni. Hosp.Consultant LinköpingSweden
MD PhDJessica WegenerAMCConsultantAmsterdamThe Netherlands


Commitment to the Highest Standards in CME/CPD

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 the Kenes commitment to high standards and knowledgeable partnership with its clients in the design and delivery of educationally strong, independent, transparent, effective, and financially viable medical events.


Educational Objectives 

After participating in this educational event, learners should be able to:

  • Address individual needs in compliance with their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) plan.
  • Demonstrate providing and receiving effective feedback
  • Practise different styles and modes in teaching and instructing in order to involve and motivate learners.
  • Apply teaching skills concerning ultrasound guided regional anesthesia in order to improve and accelerate the knowledge and skills of new techniques.
  • Describe high quality skills in regional anesthesia among different European countries.


Target Audience 

With a current membership of over 2700 throughout Europe, the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy was founded in 1980 to further knowledge healthcare professionals interested in regional Anaesthesia in Europe. The target audience is clinical practitioners and residents/research fellows that are practicing anaesthesiology and pain management.


Accreditation Statement and Credit Designation

European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS/EACCME)
The 2nd ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anesthesia 2017 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 2nd ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anesthesia 2017 is designated for a maximum of, or up to, 6 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:


To Receive Your CME/CPD Certificate 

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 14, 2017:

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; fill-in and retain for your personal records


Kindly note that the 2nd ESRA Instructor Course for Regional Anesthesia 2017 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.


Disclosure and Resolution of Personal Conflicts of Interest

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.

  • Disclosure information will be available here at least one week prior to the event.

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:

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


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