MGH Short-term Mechanical Support Heart/Lung Symposium 2020

October 23, 2020 to October 24, 2020

This virtual course involves didactic lectures, debates, video presentations, and case discussions. Interactive online/direct discussions/questions are provided. Lectures primarily involve presentation of scientific data relevant to ECLS and ex vivo organ preservation. Case presentations of the different forms of ECLS will allow attendees to participate and get the input and perspective of their disciplines.

ECMO hands-on cannulation/initiation and decannulation will be taught on videos. Scenarios will address the fundamentals of such devices as well as common and uncommon complications and challenges through the entire perioperative period including planning for surgery and preoperative evaluation, interoperative management, and postoperative critical care issues.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, intensive care physicians and nurses, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, biomedical technologists, pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe an Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) circuit including pumps, filters, tubing, safety monitors, oxygenators, heating and cooling elements, and different variations in the set up
  2. Recognize and explain the different types of cannulae and cannulation strategies for patients undergoing (ECLS).
  3. Describe and initiate (ECLS). Recognize and manage potential disasters that can occur during (ECLS). Recognize the indications (ECLS). Manage common complications associated with the institution of (ECLS). Interpret hemodynamic data for patients with short-term support
  4. Prepare a patient for safe separation from short-term support through use of a checklist
  5. Discuss the management of right heart failure after cardiopulmonary bypass and in the intensive care unit
  6. Manage problems associated with short-term support
  7. Discuss problems in the intensive care unit with C-mags and ECMO
  8. Describe the basics of ex vivo organ preservation

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital & Mass General Brigham

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 11.75 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/23/2020 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
10/24/2020 - 3:10pm EDT

Please click on the PDF link below to download the conference agenda:

PDF icon AGENDA: MGH Short-term Mechanical Support Heart/Lung Symposium 2020

Massachusetts General Hospital Virtual
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Mauricio Villavicencio, M.D. - Course Director

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Mani Daneshmand, M.D. - Co-Director

Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, and MCS
Director, Extracorporeal Life Support
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory University

Gaston Cudemus, M.D. - Co-Director

Department of Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic
Weston, FL

Nathalie Roy, M.D. - Co-Director

Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Surgical Director - Cardiovascular Critical Care, Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA


Jerome Crowley, MD, MPH

Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Roberto J. Cubeddu, MD

Department Chair - Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
Weston, FL

David A. D'Alessandro, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Surgical Director - Cardiac Transplantation & Ventricular Assist Device, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Adam Dalia, MD, MBA

Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Lauren Devine, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Clinical Pharmacist
Cardiac Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

David M. Dudzinski, MD

Director - Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Kathryn Hibbert, MD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Medical ICU - Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hopsital
Boston, MA

Jeliene Larocque, RRT

Respiratory Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

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

Mass General Brigham designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 11.75 Participation


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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities act, our Course Coordinator can assist you with any special needs (i.e., physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Audrey O’Keefe prior to the live event at 617-726-3726.




Trainees & Other Healthcare Professionals 


Cancellation Policy:

Registrations cancelled on or before October 9, 2020 will be refunded, less a $30 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after October 9, 2020 will not be refunded.

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