ELSO Adult VV ECMO Course

April 15-18th, 2015
Houston, TX

Course is now full.  ELSO is NO longer accepting names for the wait list. 

This intense four day course is designed for physicians and specialists caring for adult patients with severe acute respiratory and cardiac failure who may be candidates for Extracorporeal Respiratory Support.  Common diagnoses considered for adult ECLS support include: H1N1, other viral or bacterial pneumonias, burn and inhalation injury, traumatic lung injury, pulmonary contusion, pulmonary embolism, post-shock or sepsis associated ARDS, or other forms of reversible acute lung injury or illness.  

Course content includes indications and contraindications, cannulation techniques, initiation of support, patient and circuit physiology of ECMO, programmatic design and management, and all aspects of patient management and decision making for patients on ECMO.  Complementing the twelve hour didactic course is an eighteen hour high fidelity simulation lab with an ECMO circuit utilizing centrifugal pump technology.   All learners will participate in a four hour "ECMO Essentials 101" simulation workshop before the didactic sessions  to review the fundamentals of bedside ECMO, such as, a circuit check, equipment components, alarms, pressure monitoring, stopcocks and pigtails, drawing samples from the circuit, de-airing the circuit, and hand cranking the pump.   The goal is to immerse the learner in ECMO terminology and concepts before the didactic course to enhance the learning process.  In the conference simulation workshop, small groups will participate in scenarios reviewing emergency procedures and highlighting adult ECMO physiology with a learner to instructor ratio of 2:1.  Simulation education will allow participants to develop skills in common bedside procedures and to learn key assessments for decision making by "hands on" experience.  The course is appropriate for centers setting up new programs, or for existing centers expanding into adult services.


Accreditation Statement

Phoenix Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Phoenix Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 29.66 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the selection criteria for determining candidacy for ECLS support.
  • Discuss the physiology and pathophysiology of ECLS support.
  • Describe management strategies for Venoarterial and Venovenous ECLS support.

Comments from our past courses:

We are just starting our program so there are lots to consider. This conference has given us lots of good direction and advice.

This course is a unique opportunity to be in touch with this technology and experts. Learned a lot how to manage troubleshooting and had the opportunity to review my practice. Changes will come, for sure!

This was an excellent course. The content, speakers and simulations were beyond my expectations. I am looking forward to joining ELSO and attending in the future.

Amazing course. Being 7 years out of my training I learned more at this course than any I have taken previously (felt like residency again!). Best course I have ever taken!!!! Love it!!!! You guys do great work!

I was very surprised by the level of the course. It overcame my expectations and could learn a lot. Now is time to go back home and review all our practice.

This was undoubtedly the best medical meeting/course I have ever attended; across every domain of evaluation-from registration and organization to facilities, to the methods and faculty. I have/will tell every one of my colleagues this and encourage them to take part in this.

One of the best conferences I’ve been to.

I have been attending CME programs for over 20 years. This is the first time I have attended a course and gone from ground zero to a baseline, where I feel reasonably comfortable in the theory and practical aspect of the subject (ECMO). The real gold in this course was the simulation. While all of the presentation faculty are clearly knowledgeable and experienced, it’s the hands on and thinking on your feet that really enhances learning. This course receives my highest recommendation.

I’d recommend this course to anyone caring for patients on ECMO: I have a lot of clinical experience in the field and still learned something new and useful at each session.

Great course! Very useful, changed my understanding, perspective and practice. Outstanding food, snack, beverages. Best of any conference/course I’ve attended.

The ELSO course that you and your team deployed at Emory was outstanding.  By far it was the most transformative CME that I have ever attended

The course was the best medical meeting I have attended bar none.  Thanks again,


Simulation Comments

I had not a lot of experience with simulation previously, but this was tremendously informative. I suspect that in future my approach to educating others will move towards less didactic and more participatory. Will always remember Confucius “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”.

I was surprised how simulation is important. The teams of experts were very skillful and could transmit the importance of the procedure and protocols that have to be followed. The trouble shooting was fantastic and the level of difficulty increased also and was good!

Unbelievable! Simulation is the key to learn an understand ECMO.


Course is now full.  ELSO is NO longer accepting names for the wait list.

Registration per person is $3,000

Registration includes the ECMO Specialist Training Manual and 4th Edition Red Book

Hotel information

Houston Marriott Medical Center
6580 Fannin Street Houston TX 77030
$188 USD per night

Hotel Reservation Link

Contact: Peter Rycus, MPH

email: prycus@umich.edu
Phone: 734-998-6601