The fellowship is taking place primarily in ZOL, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Campus Sint-Jan, Schiepse Bos 6, 3600 Genk.
Genk is a town and municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg near Hasselt. The municipality only comprises the town of Genk itself. It is one of the most important industrial towns in Flanders, located on the Albert Canal, between Antwerp and Liège.
The biggest tourist attraction of Genk is Bokrijk, an open-air museum consisting of authentic relocated buildings (mainly dating from 17th till 19th century) from all over Flanders. In the summer season, historical Flanders comes alive in Bokrijk through numerous actors and re-enactment events.
Genk was established as one of the entrance “gateways” of the Hoge Kempen National Park, the first National Park in Flanders, at its opening in 2006.
Also noteworthy are the old coal mines of Zwartberg, Waterschei, and Winterslag, surrounded by slag heaps, huge black mountains of dug up soil, and coal remnants. Some of the mine buildings and housing can be visited.
Despite its industrial past and present, Genk is nicknamed ‘De Groene Stad’ (The Green City). It sports a nature reserve called “De Maten”, the large recreational area Kattevennen (with the Europlaneterium), Bokrijk, and several other green areas. In sunny weather, you may also want to pay a visit to the Sundial Park (Dutch: Zonnewijzerpark). The history of the landscape painters who visited Genk between 1840 and 1940 can be discovered in the Museum Emile Van Doren.
The Europlanetarium Genk has a planetarium and observatory.
ZOL is an 800 bed, tertiary care facility with large surgical and world-renowned orthopedic surgery service. Our surgeons are some of the best in Europe and we treat a large number of professional athletes and other professionals. ZOL has a collaboration and residents exchange program with the Katholic University of Leuven (KUL), the most innovative university in Europe for 6 years in a row. ZOL is also affiliated with the University of Hasselt, its medical school University of Hasselt International postgraduate and doctorate programs. The fellows also rotate through an MZK campus.
Why do a fellowship in regional anesthesia?
Regional anesthesia and analgesia are highly specialized in medical procedures. In particular, ultrasound-guided regional blocks require training beyond residency to acquire sufficient proficiency. Such proficiency is best acquired in a well structured and organized postgraduate fellowship training program. Qualified fellowship programs must meet standardized minimal quality and sufficient clinical and academic exposure for the fellows to assure that fellows’ investment in time results in clinical, scholarly, and teaching skills. In other words, graduating fellows should not only be capable of performing highly specialized regional anesthesia and ultrasound-guided procedures and all other aspects of the subspecialty, but also be able to engage in scientific activity, and teach others. We believe that NYSORA’s CREER Center at ZOL, Genk, Belgium is one of the best places in the world to become an expert in regional anesthesia and analgesia. Our fellowship meets and/or exceeds all requirements set forth by the SARB (Society for Anesthesia and Resuscitation of Belgium) and by the PASAR (Professional Association of Specialists in anesthesia and Resuscitation).
Around 10,000 regional anesthetics and over 6,000 nerve blocks are performed annually at the CREER Center at ZOL, Genk, Belgium. This large volume of regional blocks assures ample exposure to a wide variety of regional anesthesia procedures, and the opportunity to learn point of care ultrasound.