Format: Virtual

Level 1. Foundation Course (introductory) in Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) & Mechanical Ventilation (MV) reviews the concepts of mandatory ventilation, equation of motion, the principles of assisted ventilation, spontaneous ventilation. After registering for the event, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.

Continue your learning journey with the Level 2. Transition Course (application) and further deepen on the topic at LIVES 2024 with Level 3. The Advanced Master Course (integration and simulation).

ARF & MV Pathway Directors

  • Leo HEUNKS MD, PhD Professor, Pneumologist-intensivist, Department of Intensive Care, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Lise PIQUILLOUD MD, PhD Deputy ICU Physician, Adult Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland; Senior lecturer University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Chair elect ARF section ESICM

Course Directors Level 1:

  • Luigi CAMPOROTA MD PhD FRCP FFICM Consultant Intensivist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Oriol ROCA MD PhD Director of Critical Care, Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, Sabadell, Spain

Faculty Level 1:

  • Giacomo BELLANI MD PhD Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine; University of Milan-Bicocca; Consultant, General Intensive Care Unit of San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy
  • Francesca COLLINO MD Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Azienda Ospedaliera Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, Italy
  • Rémi COUDROY MD PhD Service de Réanimation Médicale, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers | CHU Poitiers, Poitiers, France
  • Marina GARCIA-DE-ACILU MD Head of Critically Ill Care Area Section, Intensive Care Unit, Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, Sabadell, Spain
  • Domenico GRIECO MD Researche/clinical Fellow, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care medicine, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
  • Claude GUÉRIN MD PhD Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Claude Bernard Lyon I University, Lyon, France; Head of the medical Intensive Care Unit, at Croix Rousse Hospital, Hospices Civils, Lyon, France
  • Annemijn JONKMAN MD PhD Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Mariangela PELLEGRINI MD Intensive Care Unit, AnOpIVA, Akademiska sjukhuset – Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala; Hedenstierna Laboratory, Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Lisanne ROESTHUIS MSc MD Technical Physician Intensive Care, Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Francesco VASQUES MD Consultant Intensivist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom

Endorsement: The course is endorsed by the Acute Respiratory Failure Section, ESICM.

  • To review the fundamentals of the physiology of gas exchange and respiratory mechanics
  • To understand the principles of the basic modes of mechanical ventilation
  • To learn the basic principles of assessing lung mechanics
  • To discuss the main aspects of the process of weaning from mechanical ventilation
  • Fundamentals of physiology gas exchange and respiratory mechanics (equation of motion, dynamic and static compliance, elastance, plateau pressure, driving pressure, resistance, and their measurements, lung volumes and Pressure -Volume curves)
  • Concepts of basic modes of mechanical ventilation (mandatory/controlled; Assist/control; Assisted; spontaneous ventilation).
  • Volume-controlled modes and pressure-controlled modes (excluding APRV)
  • Concept of “stress-relaxation” and P0, P1, P2 on pressure waveforms
  • Concept of scalars (pressure-time and flow-time curves) vs loops
  • Assessment of lung mechanics, identification of small airway closure and recruitability concepts
  • Fundamentals of prone position
  • Respiratory drive, inspiratory effort, work of breathing and dyspnoea
  • Assessment of readiness to wean and spontaneous breathing trials
  • Use of NIV and HFNC post-extubation (selecting interface, settings and patient selection)

A total of 5 fellowships will be conducted in centres around Europe, giving fellows the opportunity to experience management of acute respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation in real-life settings and learn directly from experts. Fellowship-related costs (accommodation and travel) up to 1000 EUR/fellow will be reimbursed by ESICM.

Eligibility for fellowships:

  • Must be a member of the ESICM (so join us now if not already a member!)
  • Must attend at least 2 levels of the Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation pathway within 1 year
  • Fellowships will be awarded on basis of attendance at the course and highest performance in the post-course evaluation.

Fellowship center and mentor:

  • Parc Taulí Hospital Universitari, Sabadell, Spain – Oriol ROCA and the local team

Note! Priority will be given to those participants who haven’t benefitted from a fellowship on this topic before.

  • Junior intensivists seeking a thorough approach to Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation: monitoring and managament
  • Any practitioner who wishes to review the foundamentals of this topic

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification.If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants from LMIC may be selected for a maximum of 3 ESICM eCourses for FREE every year. Applicants who have participated in 1 eCourse as a free LMIC applicant need to have an active ESICM membership for the current year before applying again. 

The Foundation Course in Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation, Virtual, Belgium 09/04/2024 – 10/04/2024, has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 13.0 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at 

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Highlights of previous sessions


The first edition of the Foundation Course provided an introduction to Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation to 94 participants from 32 countries. Here’s what they particularly enjoyed about it:

  • The overall content was fascinating. Sometimes slightly difficult from a nursing point of view but having the possibility to review the lectures will allow me to go over it again and wrap my head around the things I found more difficult.
  • It was very comprehensive of all the basics of MV and more, with each session providing extremely useful tips even when some of the topics were already “fully” or partially known. This was made possible by the interaction and space for questions provided.
  • I really appreciated the predisposition of all the experts to answer questions from the audience.

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