Training and Education of a Physician for Regional Anesthesia

  • Chris M. Farlinger
  • Jonathan C. Beathe


Expertise in the practice of regional anesthesia is not achieved with technical skill alone. Although the technically adept can adequately deliver local anesthetic adjacent to target nerves, it is the regional anesthesiologist who combines such applied anatomy with the practice of perioperative medicine. The nontechnical aspects of the practice of regional anesthesia cannot be ignored: clinical judgment, patient selection and communication, complication management and avoidance, a wide breadth of knowledge of physiology and pharmacology, and the formulation of an appropriate care plan with contingencies are examples. A discussion of regional anesthesia education should first acknowledge that the discipline, at its core, is the practice of medicine. Maintaining this perspective, this chapter aims to provide a pertinent overview addressing past, present, and future challenges including competency-based education within this exciting, rapidly evolving field.


History of regional anesthesia Regional anesthesia Regional anesthesia education Competency-based curriculum Regional anesthesia fellowship 



Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education


American Society of Regional Anesthesia


Clinical anesthesia


European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy


Peripheral nerve block


Quality improvement


Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee


Ultrasound for regional anesthesia


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyHospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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