Regional Anesthesia Curriculum

The Regional Anesthesia training program at UCSD is committed to excellence in education and clinical research. The rotation introduces residents to various anesthetic techniques tailored to upper or lower limb surgery.

  • Residents will become familiar with:
  • Local anesthetic pharmacology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Physiology of nerve transmission
  • The indications/contraindications of regional anesthesia

Initially, resident training focuses on the various approaches to brachial plexus blockade, intravenous regional anesthesia, and peripheral nerve block techniques of the lower limb. Trainees learn nerve localization using electrical stimulation and ultrasound.

Finally, residents are introduced to nerve block catheter techniques that provide continuous analgesia for inpatients and outpatients.

Learn more about our curriculum:

Available online resources 


Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia   Comprehensive description of ultrasound guided blocks

 Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia : A Practical Approach to Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Perineural Catheters  Practical instruction in the placement of peripheral nerve blocks and continuous perineural catheters

 Spinal Injections and Peripheral Nerve Blocks,
Volume 4
 Good pictures of the relevant anatomy for peripheral and neuraxial procedures

Essentials of Regional Anesthesia 2012  Practical concise guide to regional anesthesia