Format: Virtual
March 14-15, 2024

The Foundation Course (introductory) in ECLS/ECMO will immerse the participants in the ECMO circuit, canulation for adult cardiac & respiratory ECMO, anticoagulation on ECMO, as well as fundamentals on ECMO for Adult Respiratory & Cardiac Failure. This e-Course is part of a joint EuroELSO & ESICM programme to provide specialised training in extracorporeal techniques to healthcare professionals interested in the field. Certificates may be validated at EuroELSO on the path to the ELSO Adult ECMO Practitioner Certification (E-AEC).  After registering, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.

Continue your learning journey with the Advanced Master Course and Focus Session. 


  • Daniel DE BACKER MD, PHD Head of Intensive Care and Emergency Departments, CHIREC Hospitals, Belgium, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
  • Leen VERCAEMST RN, ECCP, University Hospital Leuven, Belgium, EBCP-EuroELSO Liaison, Member of the EBCP Scientific Committee & EuroELSO Steering Committee

Core joint faculty

  • Marta Velia ANTONINI CCP, CCN, MS – ECMO Team – AUSL Romagna; Adjunct Lecturer – Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • Nicholas BARRETT MD – Consultant in critical care, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom; President of EuroELSO
  • Jan BĚLOHLÁVEK MD PhD, Cardiologist, intensivist, Chief Physician, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine – Clinic of Cardiology and Angiology, First Faculty of Medicine Charles University in Prague and General University Hospital in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic; Past President of EuroELSO
  • Dieter DAUWE MD, PhD – Cardiologist – Intensivist; Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven; Assistant Professor KU Leuven; Belgium
  • Jordi RIERA MD PhD – Critical Care Department, Adult ECMO program Director,Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain. EuroELSO Steering Committee, ELSO Scientific Oversight Committee
  • Matthieu SCHMIDT MD, PhD – Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Sorbonne University, Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, Paris, France; Chair of the EuroELSO scientific
  • Describe the different modes of ECMO support.
  • List the key milestones in the development of ECMO.
  • Define the main components of an ECMO circuit.
  • Describe the differences in ECMO cannula design.
  • List anticoagulation strategies on ECMO.
  • Provide an overview of respiratory failure.
  • List the indications and contraindications for VV ECMO support.
  • Describe the steps in initiating a patient onto VV ECMO.
  • Describe titration of blood flow and gas flow to achieve adequate support on VV ECMO.
  • Define and identify recirculation.
  • Provide an overview of cardiac failure.
  • List the indications and contraindications for VA ECMO support.
  • Describe the steps for initiating a patient.
  • Describe vasopressor use and blood flow titration for cardiovascular support.
  • What is ECMO/ECLS?
  • Historical growth
  • The ECMO circuit
  • Canulation for adult cardiac & respiratory ECMO
  • Anticoagulation on ECMO
  • ECMO for Adult Respiratory Failure
  • ECMO for Adult Cardiac Failure
  • Physicians involved or interested in ECMO
  • Perfusionists and Nurses involved in ECMO or interested in respiratory vs circulatory support

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. 

An application will be made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

Highlights of previous sessions


We are proud of this joint educational action with EuroELSO, which provided specialised training in extracorporeal techniques to 101 participants from 29 countries by leveraging 2D Virtual Reality and other interactive formats! See what participants liked most about the first edition of this innovative e-Master Class:

  • Terrific two days. Wonderful interaction. See you in Madrid and/or London!
  • This masterclass should be mandatory for everyone, who takes care ECMO patients, holistic, it was awesome.
  • Thanks a lot for sharing knowledge and experience. Looking forward to seeing you in London!
  • I am very glad to learn so much from such a great team. I am already enrolled in the hands-on workshop in Madrid next May. Thank you so much!
  • Thank you all for this spectacular course



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