ESRA Academy. Martinoni Hoogenboom E. Sep 9, 2016; 138251; 0069 Topic: History, Development of RA
Emilie Martinoni Hoogenboom
Emilie Martinoni Hoogenboom

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Background and Aims:

A departmental survey conducted amongst trainee anaesthetists in September 2015 showed variable experience in observing and performing UGRA with only some senior trainees feeling confident to perform blocks independently. Focused educational programs have proved to be effective in teaching UGRA to novices. We developed a novel teaching program, called “Block of the Week” aiming to increase knowledge and confidence in performing regional anaesthesia.


We designed and developed a series of weekly UGRA teaching tutorials featuring one or two of the most commonly performed blocks presented weekly by an UGRA expert anaesthetist with the following structure: a theoretical introduction with anatomy revision, US scanning on participant volunteers, practice on a phantom model. We created block specific educational resources summarising each block and distributed literature articles supporting these sessions.


We evaluated the program after 9 sessions covering 10 different blocks. A mixture of trainees and consultants attended the sessions. 80% rated the sessions as “excellent” and 20% as “very good”. All participants agreed that the sessions improved their knowledge and 90% agreed that it improved their confidence. The majority found the educational resources and handouts clear and useful. The hands-on experience and the small-group tuition were mentioned as strengths. 


This novel educational program in UGRA was very well received and helped participants to gain knowledge and confidence in performing blocks. The “Block of the week” tutorials are currently featured in the educational program of our teaching university hospital.

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