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Workshop 7: Hands On ECMO: A Practical Approach to Incorporating Simulation into an ECMO Training Program

Monday, May 14
13:00 - 14:30
Location: Universe 3

Course Goal or Outcome: : Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a low frequency, high-risk procedure requiring integration of highly specialized technical skills and knowledge amongst a multidisciplinary team. Simulation is increasingly used in many aspects of ECMO training, including individual and team training, assessment and troubleshooting complications. This workshop will provide a structured approach for design of an ECMO simulation program that meets specific institutional needs by application of a modular curriculum design and physiology-based ECMO complication framework.

Learning Objectives: : • Create an institutional-specific developmental map to identify ECMO training needs and plan curricula
• Utilize a physiologic framework to build scenarios which address specific training needs identified through the developmental mapping exercise.
• Understand the components, assembly and manipulation of a basic ECMO simulator

Intended Audience: : This workshop is designed for persons (physicians, educators, ECMO personnel) interested in starting or refining an ECMO simulation program. Technical aspects of running ECMO simulations, relevant to technicians, will also be covered.

Relevance to the Conference: : This workshop will provide practical, hands-on guidance in development of ECMO simulation programs. ECMO simulation is technically complex, both in terms of simulators and physiology that must be replicated and manipulated. Conference participants who wish to incorporate this training in their home institution will benefit from the experience and guidance of experts with active ECMO simulation programs.

Workshop Timeline: : Introduction (15min)
Faculty introductions, disclosures, example(s) of ECMO simulation programs; review of learner’s experience with this topic and agenda
Presentation of Modular ECMO Curriculum (25 min)
• Presentation of content: Workshop presenters will share how a series of modules can be created that match learning objectives, intended audience (ECMO specialists, physicians, nurses, full multidisciplinary teams, etc.), and trainee experience level to appropriate simulation methodology.
• Faculty-Guided Small Group Exercises-Develop Mapping: assess developmental needs of home institution ECMO team and devise plan to address these needs using building blocks presented in modular curriculum
Development of Simulation Scenarios (25 min)
• Presentation of content: Workshop presenters will share a physiologic framework for development of scenarios for ECMO emergency training and basic set-up for a low cost ECMO simulator.
• Faculty-Guided Small Group Exercise: Small groups will write ECMO scenarios for use at their home institution
Review of ECMO Simulator Set-up (15 min)
Faculty will demonstrate set-up of a basic low-cost ECMO simulator
Final Summary and Questions (10 min)

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Mary McBride, MD, MEd

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University

Mary E McBride, MD, MEd is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education at Northwestern Univeristy Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. She has an appointment in the Divisions of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine. She is an attending physician in the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She is the Director of Critical Care Education and a member of the leadership team in the KiSTAR Simulation program. She is the Associate Fellowship Director in Pediatric Cardiology and the Program Director so the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship program.


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Michael-Alice Moga, MD, MSc

Staff physician-Critical Care Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON, Canada

Michael-Alice Moga, MD, MSc, is a pediatric intensivist in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She clinically specializes in cardiac critical care and is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University, Chicago. She currently leads the Departmental Resuscitation Program within which she developed Immersive Reality, a multidisciplinary, in-situ team training program. In addition to quality and safety, her research and administrative interests include assessment and enhancement human performance within complex systems utilizing novel methods including acute event analysis and application of continuous quality improvement methodology.


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Lindsay C. Johnston, MD, MEd

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT

Lindsay Johnston is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics (neonatology) at Yale university. Her areas of academic interest are in procedural skills training, specifically in neonatal intubation, and development of simulation-based educational curricula for ECMO providers. She has been involved in IPSS for many years, serving on the BOD, as treasurer, and is currently transitioning to the immediate past president role.


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Mark Todd, RRT

ECLS Coordinator
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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Catherine Allan, MD

Associate Program Director - Simulator Program
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Catherine Allan, MD is the Associate Program Director of the Simulator Program and Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. Over the last 10 years she has helped to develop a robust, interdisciplinary program in ECMO Simulation at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Allan has translated this model to other insitutions on both a National and International level to help these programs build new clinical ECMO Programs. She has published on the use of ECMO Simulation Skills Training and on clinical outcomes following ECMO support in the congenital heart disease population and has presented on ECMO simulation at multiple National and International Meetings.


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