Format: Virtual
Dates: 20-21 June, 2024

Level 2. Transition Course (application) in Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation will build on Level 1. Foundation Course and will further integrate respiratory physiology of gas exchange, advanced respiratory mechanics, mechanical ventilation, prone positioning, initiating mechanical ventilation in ARDS/COPA/Asthma/Obesity, PEEP and Recrutability, recruitment manoeuvres. After registering for the event, ensure you access the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy.

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  • 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

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

  • To review the physiology gas exchange and Oesophageal pressure
  • To learn about advanced prone positioning
  • To comprehend and apply the principles of mechanical ventilation in ARDS, COPA, asthma patients, Obesity
  • To consolidate knowledge on how to manage the ventilated patients, from haemodynamic monitoring, to sedation and weaning protocols
  • To understand the Recruitment manoeuvres and Assessment of inspiratory effort
  • Physiology gas exchange and haemodynamics: heart-lung interactions
  • Advanced respiratory mechanics: clinical applications and mechanical power
  • Oesophageal pressure physiology
  • Further Equation on motion for passive breathing
  • Initiating Mechanical ventilation in ARDS
  • Prone positioning: advanced
  • Initiating Mechanical Ventilation in COPA/Asthma
  • Initiating Mechanical ventilation in Obesity
  • PEEP and Recrutability
  • Recruitment manoeuvres
  • Assessment of inspiratory effort: P0.1, NIF, occlusion pressure; calculation of muscle pressure from occlusion pressure; pressure-muscle index and driving pressure in spontaneous breathing
  • Asynchronies (types and how to improve synchronies)
  • Concepts of variable pressure support (noisy ventilation)
  • Proportional assist support
  • Principles of proportional ventilation – starting from the ‘equation of motion’ of the respiratory system
  • Intensivists who have completed Level 1
  • Intensivists seeking a thorough approach in Acute Respiratory Failure & Mechanical Ventilation: monitoring and managament
  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive review course on the 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. Deadline for LMIC applications: May 15, 2023. 

Transition course (application) in Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation, Brussels, Belgium, has been granted 11 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Highlights of previous editions

2022 – June/July

We concluded the 5th edition of the Mechanical Ventilation Master Class! A total of 11 experts and 87 participants from 30 countries engaged in this highly interactive course.

Here are some of the participants’ comments about their experience:

  • Excellent work and great job!
  • Thanks to the organisers for an excellent meeting
  • Great talks, great Master Class!

2021 – October/November

Thanks to its incredible success, we held a second, virtual edition of the Mechanical Ventilation Master Class! A total of 11 experts and 85 participants from 26 countries engaged in this highly interactive course.

Here are some of the participants’ comments about their experience:

  • Great to have an opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field
  • I have received a great deal to improve my culture and my clinical practice!
  • Thank you for a fantastic course where we were able to learn from the experts and for the interactive programme allowing us to interact throughout

2021 – June

Despite the uncertain context, the third edition of the Mechanical Ventilation Master Class has just wrapped up, this time virtually! A total of 13 experts and 81 participants from 25 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions.

Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • I learnt a lot from all the experts and colleagues
  • Thank you all so much, I felt I was 20 years younger and had to study for exams, amazing e-Master Class!
  • These e-classes and the e-lives have been a fantastic boost for us all. Thanks to the Society!
  • High-quality presentations and comments


A new edition of the Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art 2019 Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 10 experts and 50 participants from 21 countries came together for three days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • Extraordinary lecturers, interactive approach, our answers always discussed with further info from the experts and relevant supporting studies
  • The experts, the workshops, whiteboard sessions
  • Small groups cafes, but I wish there was more time for each one
  • I will make more use of the oesophageal pressure measurement available and I will discuss more bedside with my colleagues and ventilation practitioners next to the mechanical ventilator
  • This event will influence my practice on the use of driving pressure, time of prone positioning, better analysing ventilator curves, different methods of recruitment manoeuvres, maybe buying oesophageal catheter to measure oesophageal pressure
  • More than one aspect to improve in my practice after this master class:) …Setting PEEP in ARDS but also in COPD patients; Use of driving pressure; More aggressive approach towards the patient recovering from ARDS with high tidal volumes (ie sedation instead of accepting high TV), while using P0,1 more often….


The 5th edition of the Mechanical Ventilation – State of the Art 2018 Master Class was yet another success! A total of 7 experts and 39 participants from 14 countries came together for 3 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • High standard talks and interaction with experts and colleagues.
  • I think the course provided a broad range of subjects, which eventually covered the entire topic of mechanical ventilation.
  • The faculty were extremely knowledgeable and experienced. It was especially informative when they focused on discussing their current clinical practices, as informed by an intimate knowledge of the evidence base.
  • The proximity with the experts and also being able to consolidate the teaching later on, at our own pace by having the lectures/audio.
  • The lectures, shared experience, clinical scenarios, clinical-based discussions.



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