Neonatal and Pediatric ECLS Educational Conference

October 14-16, 2020


Intent and Overview

The 11th Annual Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO Educational Conference at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a conference dedicated to providing educational opportunities for clinicians who care for children requiring ECMO. The two-day event includes lectures from experts, case presentations, panel discussions, and a one-of-a-kind hands-on ECMO simulation session. The conference will provide clinicians of all levels an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of managing pediatric patients requiring ECMO.

Like many of our colleagues, concerns surrounding COVID-19 have led us to change this year's conference to a virtual format. We still plan on providing our attendees with the outstanding content they have come to expect from the UPMC Children’s Hospital ECMO Program, including LIVE INTERACTIVE SIMULATION activities.  We hope you will join us!

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Course Directors

Melita Viegas, MD
David Palmer, EdD, CCP
Melissa Grayson, BS, CCP 


The purpose of this course is to provide a didactic and “hands-on” based education in an interactive multidisciplinary format for health care providers who care for patients receiving extracorporeal support. After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the benefit of a multi- disciplinary approach to managing ECMO patients
  • Discuss neurodevelopmental outcomes and follow-up care for pediatric ECMO patients
  • Understand the varying cannulation strategies for VA versus VV ECMO
  • Recognize and manage ECMO emergencies
  • Discuss indications for ECPR
  • Understand different strategies for patient management on ECMO
  • Discuss anticoagulation management for pediatric ECMO patients

Who Should Attend

  • ECMO specialists
  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatric and adult critical care physicians
  • Pediatric and adult surgeons
  • Perfusionists
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Registered nurses and respiratory therapists

Sponsorship appeal to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Highlights from the 10th Annual Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO Educational Conference