Since 1999 the regional anaesthesia specialists in Cork University Hospital have held an annual cadaveric peripheral nerve block course in University College Cork. Our aim has always been to produce state-of-the-art educational experiences drawing on the combined resources of an exceptionally well-trained and experienced faculty and world class facilities. In 2013 we moved our courses to the FLAME Anatomy Laboratories and ASSERT For Health Centre in UCC. These have provided us with high tech multimedia facilities and a simulated clinical environment. Over the years we have delivered our courses to many hundreds of international delegates. From novice to experienced consultant, our courses have something for everyone. Based on feedback, the courses have been tailored to demand in a continuous process of improvement (link to testimonials).
In 2004 we produced a complementary textbook, Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Perioperative Pain Relief (2nd edition 2010), in order to satisfy the obvious demand for an easily referenced, user friendly text on the subject. This book contains high quality images of surface and cadaveric anatomy coupled with further on-line educational material such as videos of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia procedures (you can find extracts from this book at https://studentshare.net/literature).
2012 saw the formation of the Cork Academy of Regional Anaesthesia. This cemented the position of our faculty within the clinical and academic environments of Cork University Hospital and University College Cork. The faculty has been instrumental in fostering both clinical and academic output and in supporting a regional anaesthesia fellowship programme that attracts candidates from around the world. Our fellows have a strong track record of academic output including the attainment of MDs and PhDs.