Transition course (application) in Haemodynamics

Format: Virtual
Dates: 21-22 June, 2023


Michelle CHEW MD, PhD, Professor Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden

Xavier MONNET MD, PhD, Professor of Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Bicêtre Hospital, Paris-Saclay University Hospitals, Paris, France; Chair Cardiovascular Dynamics Section, ESICM

Endorsement: The Course is endorsed by the Cardiovascular Dynamics Section, ESICM.

The novelty for 2023 is the progressive approach for better integration of what is being learnt in Haemodynamics, offering our participants the possibility to choose based on their needs, skill and aims.

This Level 2. Transition course (application) in Haemodynamics provides participants with a solid view of the field of cardiovascular physiology, assessment of tissue oxygenation, fluid therapy and other treatments. A high level of interaction is the core feature of these 2 days of learning. This will be guaranteed thanks to interactive lectures, focus sessions, case-based discussions, gamification and immersive learning through virtual reality. You may complement it later on in 2023 with Level 3. the Master course (integration and simulation) in Haemodynamics.

After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

Social media: @ESICM #haemodynamics

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

  • Build upon your knowledge of circulatory failure pathophysiology, evaluation and treatment and your personal experience at the bedside through interactive and white board lectures, workshops and video analysis
  • Share knowledge with experts & peers and debate cases with common pathologies such as sepsis, post-operative haemodynamic instability, left- and right heart failure, trauma, pulmonary embolism
  • Get an overview of current haemodynamic monitoring technologies
  • Understand the physiology of tissue oxygenation
  • Explain the interpretation of venous oxygen saturation and PCO2-derived indices
  • Describe the tests and indices assessing preload responsiveness, their indications and limitations
  • Describe the effects, indications, and side effects of levosimendan, steroids and vasopressors other than norepinephrine
  • Explain the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of weaning-induced pulmonary oedema
  • Describe haemodynamic monitoring with central venous pressure, the pulmonary artery catheter, bioreactance and volume clamp methods
  • Physiology of tissue oxygenation
  • Physiology of heart-lung interactions
  • Physiology of venous return
  • SvO2
  • PCO2-derived indices
  • Assessment of fluid responsiveness with heart-lung interactions
  • Assessment of fluid responsiveness by mimicking a fluid challenge
  • Levosimendan 
  • Steroids in septic shock
  • Other vasopressors
  • Central venous pressure
  • Assessment of cardiac contractility
  • Assessment of LV filling pressure
  • Assessment of the right heart
  • Fluid responsiveness
  • Integrative treatment of septic shock
  • Integrative treatment of cardiogenic shock
  • Intensivists who have completed Level 1
  • Intensivists seeking a thorough approach in Haemodynamics
  • Senior intensivists wanting a comprehensive review course on the topic

Highlights of previous editions


This year’s virtual edition saw a total of 14 experts and 100 participants from 37 countries immersed in haemodynamics thanks to the wide variety of interactive formats employed: from lectures and focus to interviews and clinical scenarios through 2D Virtual Reality.

  • I wish I’d done this years ago! 
  • An amazing and really high-level Master Class
  • A great honour to learn from you. Thank you very much for such amazing lectures.
  • Thank you so much for organising! ESICM is really an amazing source for intensivists all over the world.

2021 – November

Thanks to its incredible success, we held a second, virtual edition of the Haemodynamic Monitoring Master Class! A total of 14 experts and 78 participants from 26 countries engaged in this highly interactive course.

  • Thanks to all professors and the organizers and all the participants for this amazing course
  • Despite world time, I learnt a lot, that was so good to improve my knowledge about hemodynamics, thanks a lot
  • Thank you so much for 3 great days!
  • Thanks to all, I learned a lot

2021 – April

Despite the uncertain context, the third edition of the Haemodynamic Monitoring Master Class has just wrapped up, this time virtually! A total of 11 experts and 83 participants from 25 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions. Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • Thank you very much to all the excellent faculty and all participants, I learnt a lot.
  • Excellent masterclass as always!
  • Thank you Master Speakers! Thank you all! Great experience!
  • It was an amazing Master Class with high-level of knowledge with top experts


The 2nd edition of the Haemodynamic Monitoring Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 13 experts and 54 participants from 19 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:

  • Everything went well. Excellent organisation and speakers, with great proximity between all the participants.
  • Opportunity to learn very closely from world experts on haemodynamics. The structural progression from basic to advanced concepts.
  • Experts bringing together physiology with evidence; motivated team; a combination of lecture, group work, hands-on
  • The friendly, open environment to have different opinions and be respected. Talks about physiology and up to date clinical approaches !!! Great. The class was a big kick-off to make better step towards the clinical practice and treatment of seriously sick patients.
  • Its clinical relevance
  • Perfect balance between theoretical sessions and hands-on! Q&A with papers was very efficient because many people don’t like to speak.


The 1st edition of the Haemodynamic Monitoring Master Class has just wrapped up. A total of 14 experts and 51 participants from 22 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best about their experience:

  • Excellent speakers!
  • Practical simulation workshops with manikins and web-based interactive case scenarios
  • Leading expert presence, Interactivity, Clinical cases discussions, Simulation scenarios
  • High degree of clinical applicability of the presented material
  • Personally I would have liked more time practicing with the echocardiography mannequin



Foundation Course in Haemodynamics

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Master Course in Haemodynamics

Level 3: Integrate and simulate 

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