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Extracorporeal Support for Respiratory and Cardiac Failure in Adults AND Become a CHEST Member - December 2023

  • Member Price: $2,199.00 - You could save $300.00 as a member of CHEST.

  • List Price: $2,499.00

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About this course

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is one of the fastest growing areas in critical care. Knowing how to identify candidates for ECMO is an extremely valuable skill for providers who care for patients with cardiac or pulmonary failure, as ECMO frequently isn’t considered until it’s too late.

In this course, you’ll receive leading-edge instruction on best practices for ECMO through interactive trainings and hands-on simulations. Internationally recognized experts in ECMO management will teach patient selection, ECMO circuit troubleshooting, and complex management principles for patients on ECMO. Each learner will cannulate a high-fidelity manikin for VV (venovenous)- and VA (venoarterial)-ECMO multiple times over the 2-day course.

Return to your practice with a deeper understanding of ECMO, and prepare to serve your critical care patients with new levels of mastery.

What you'll learn

Skills to identify, initiate, manage, and liberate patients from ECMO for severe respiratory and cardiac failure

Cannulation for VV- and VA-ECMO

How to recognize and manage right ventricular (RV) failure

Management strategies for complications like bleeding, infections, and neurologic problems

Approaches for handling ethical challenges presented with patients on ECMO

Identification and management of emergencies for patients on ECMO

Who should attend

Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesia, Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Fellows, and Residents

Beginner to Intermediate

Course Format

High-fidelity simulation

Hands-on learning

Interactive Q&A

Case-based education

Small groups

Prerecorded lectures and videos

Skills assessments

Why trust CHEST?

Expect personalized instruction from nationally renowned experts with low learner-to-teacher ratios when you attend a CHEST course in person. Our internationally recognized education program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education with commendation, placing us in the highest tier of continuing medical education providers. Courses are held at our Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center, a state-of-the-art facility proven for delivering hands-on, clinical education experiences.

Meet Your Instructors

CHEST faculty are nationally recognized experts in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine who are trusted, respected clinicians in the chest medicine community. Through immersive learning experiences, our instructors help practitioners deliver exceptional care to their patients.

Craig Rackley, MD, FCCP, Chair

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Medical Director of Adult ECMO
Duke University Medical Center

Durham, NC

Erik Osborn, MD, FCCP, Chair

Chair, CHEST ECMO MCS Domain Task Force
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Mary Washington Hospital

Fredericksburg, VA

Benjamin S. Bryner, MD, Faculty

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Cardiac)
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

Bindu Akkanti, MD, FCCP, Faculty

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Heart and Vascular Critical Care
Divisions of Critical Care, Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine and Advanced Cardiopulmonary
Therapies and Transplantation (ACTAT)

Houston, TX

Cara Agerstrand, MD, Faculty

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of the Medical ECMO Program
Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

New York, NY

Ryan Zavala, MPS, CCP, Faculty

VP of Perfusion Services
Innovative ECMO Concepts

Bluffton, SC

Mehul Desai, MD, Faculty

Division Chief of Critical Care
Inova Health System
Assistant Professor University of Virginia

Kha Dinh, MD, Faculty

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Advanced Cardiopulmonary Therapies and Transplantation (ACTAT)
Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure ICU
McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) Houston, TX

Whitney Gannon, MSN, MS, Faculty

Associate in Medicine
Associate Director, Adult ECMO Program
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Health and safety information Attendees are expected to comply with all health and safety requirements in effect at the time of this CHEST event. CHEST reserves the right to adjust requirements and will notify attendees as applicable. Attendees are responsible for checking for updates issued by the state, city, venue, or CHEST before traveling to the location.

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Your tuition fee includes attendance at all course sessions and electronic access to course materials. (Printed materials or flash drives will not be provided.) Lunch and refreshments during breaks will be provided. Breakfast is available at CHEST-affiliated hotels.

Tuition refund requests for this course must be received in writing by 4 weeks prior to the course start date for a full refund, less a $100 processing fee. Refunds will not be given after 4 weeks prior to the course start date. If you choose Become a Member when you register, only your course registration can be cancelled. No refunds will be given for membership.

To register by phone, contact our Help Team: +1 (800) 343-2227 or +1 (224) 521-9800

Day 1: 7:30 am – 5 pm CT
Day 2: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm CT

Hands-on Workshops

Workshop 1: Hands-on Circuit Introduction (ECMO Technology and MCS Devices)

Workshop 2: Patient Selection and Initiation of VV ECMO

  • Understand optimal pre-ECMO management of ARDS
  • Recognize contraindications to ECMO and predictors of poor outcomes
  • Understand cannulation strategy and initial ECMO and ventilator management strategies

Workshop 3: Patient Selection and Initiation of VA ECMO

  • Select patients who are candidates for VA-ECMO and eCPR
  • Understand initial ECMO cannulation and management strategies

Workshop 4: ECMO Circuit Emergencies

  • Skill: Assist with ECMO circuit change
  • Describe how to assess function of a new circuit

Workshop 5: ECMO Cannulation

  • Understand cannulation strategy

Workshop 6: Approach to Shock

  • Understand optimal management of severe shock

Workshop 7: Acute RV Failure

  • Early recognition of right ventricular (RV) failure
  • Describe how to manage RV failure

Workshop 8: VV ICU Management and Liberation

  • Manage hypoxia on VV-ECMO
  • Set up ultraprotective ventilation, and manage multisystem complications
  • Learn how to liberate patients from VV-ECMO

Workshop 9: VA ICU Management

  • Perform Ramp trial
  • Identify and manage common complications

Workshop 10: Management Choices in Challenging Cases

Workshop 11: ECMO Cannulation

  • Acquire safe cannulation skills

Workshop 12: ECMO Circuit Emergency – Air Removal

Workshop 13: VA ECMO Liberation

  • Recognize need for left ventricular decompression
  • Perform Ramp trial
  • Identify and manage common complications

Live Interactive Discussions  

Multiple Panel Discussions
Small Group Discussion of Complex Cases
Case Studies in VV and VA ECMO

Online Modules  

  • Indications and Patient Selection for ECMO  
  • Introduction to ECMO Technology  
  • Physiology of ECMO  
  • Cannulation and Initiation  
  • Initial ICU Management of Patients on ECMO  
  • Mechanical Ventilation on ECMO  
  • VA-ECMO for Cardiogenic Shock  
  • Complication on ECMO  
  • Anticoagulation and Bleeding on ECMO  
  • Extracorporeal CPR  
  • Outcomes on ECMO  
  • Building and Maintaining an ECMO Program  
  • Management of Five Common ECMO Challenges

Education Mission

To develop educational delivery systems for chest, critical care, and sleep physicians that facilitate lifelong learning, optimize clinical care, and meet the Education Committee goals.

Physician Credit

CHEST is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHEST designates this live activity for a maximum of 27.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME credit hours are subject to change. Final CME credit hours will be provided on-site.

Nursing Credit

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16433, for 27.5 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCB for further guidelines.

Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 27.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Maintenance of Certification Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 27.5 MOC Part 2 Medical Knowledge points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC points. Upon successful completion of this course, CHEST will submit your completion data to ABIM via ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for MOC points.

Disclosure Statement

The mission and vision of CHEST include our commitment to providing accurate, balanced, evidence-based information to healthcare professionals participating in this educational activity. To guarantee our accredited continuing education is fair and balanced and that any clinical content presented supports safe, effective patient care, we require all planners, faculty, and others in control of educational content to complete and submit a disclosure form.  This form is for disclosure of any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months, that will create a conflict of interest. We value the contributions of those that are committed and passionate about pulmonary medicine and want to be a part of our educational activities, however, it is our commitment to our learners to have continuing education free of commercial bias and marketing. 

The process for mitigation of all conflicts of interest is via a review by the educational activity course director/chair, the Education Committee, and/or the Professional Standards Committee to ensure that such situations are properly mitigated and, if necessary, resolved. CHEST educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all CHEST CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relevant financial relationships will be made available online in course materials and on-site during all educational activities.

Hotel Information

Staybridge Suites Chicago-Glenview
2600 Lehigh Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026
+1 (847) 657-0002
$104.99 per night plus tax for a Studio Suite
$119.99 per night plus tax for a One-Bedroom Suite

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Rate includes Wi-Fi in guest room and grab-and-go breakfast. This hotel is within walking distance of CHEST, and shuttle service will also be available.

If making reservations by phone, please call the hotel, and advise the hotel of corporate number: 786818263. This is a corporate rate for 2023. There is not a deadline to make a reservation, but the rate is based on availability at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made by 4:00 pm (CT) a day prior to arrival to avoid a one (1) night room and tax charge. 

Sheraton Chicago Northbrook
1110 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
+1 (847) 480-1900

$119/night plus tax


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To reserve via phone: Call the hotel at +1 (847) 480-1900 and request the corporate rate for the American College of CHEST Physicians.

The rate includes a traditional room with breakfast, guest room Wi-Fi, and transportation between the hotel and CHEST HQ. The Sheraton Chicago Northbrook is a Well Certified Hotel.

Hotel rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in. This is a corporate rate for 2023. There is not a deadline to make a reservation, but the rate is based on availability at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made by 3 pm CT 2 days prior to arrival to avoid a 1-night room and tax charge.

Travel Information

Air Travel
Air fare discounts are available with Delta and United Airlines.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American College of Chest Physicians

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Chicago Airports
Transportation options from Chicago-O'Hare International and Chicago Midway Airports to the hotels are listed below. Please be sure to select a suburban taxi, not a city taxi, to avoid higher fares. Transportation can be booked at one of the airport kiosks although we recommend prebooking your taxi prior to arrival. The hotels are located approximately 13 miles from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and 35 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW).

Recommended Airport
Chicago-O'Hare International Airport

Estimated travel time: 25 minutes
Approximate taxi fare: $27-$32/one way

Alternate Airport
Chicago Midway International Airport

Estimated travel time: 50 minutes
Approximate taxi fare: $57/one way

Ground Transportation
American Taxi
Automated: +1 (800) 244-1177
Operator: +1 (847) 673-1000

303 Taxi
+1 (847) 303-0303

For support opportunities, please contact Josh Coe for more information.