The UPMC Procirca Adult ECMO Training Course teaches the latest techniques and technologies to produce successful outcomes for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by expertly combining didactic learning with a hands-on high-fidelity simulation approach.

This course has been designed to meet the ELSO Guidelines for Training and Continuing Education for adult ECMO Specialists.

Learning Objectives

The following learning objectives will be met by providing a didactic overview of the topic coupled with the opportunity to practice skills in a high-fidelity simulation environment.

  • Basic Principles of ECMO
  • History & Recent Evidence of ECMO
  • ECMO Circuit & Components Overview
  • Cannulation & Configurations
  • ECMO Physiology
  • Intra- & Inter- Hospital ECMO Transport
  • Patient Selection
  • ECMO Patient Management
  • Patient & Circuit Complications
  • Coding & Billing

Target Audience

ECMO specialists, advance practice providers, respiratory therapists, nurses, perfusionists and physicians specializing in critical care medicine, pulmonary medicine, emergency medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology and anyone who would like a foundational education in caring for the ECMO patient

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the course. This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Past courses were awarded 25.5 CME from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences and 29.3 Category I CEU from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

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


Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh – Downtown
1320 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

25 minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport

Transportation options:  car rental, ride sharing (Uber, Lyft), public transportation (28X Airport Flyer), and taxis (Yellow Cab, ZTrip)

ELSO Platinum Award

UPMC is an experienced, high-volume ECMO Center and is an ELSO Center of Excellence

Upcoming Courses:

Fall Comprehensive Adult ECMO Course

Date: October 25-28, 2023

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Questions? E-mail Keri Hickman, UPMC Director of ECMO Management, for course information.