STS/ELSO ECMO Management Symposium

Event dates
Houston, TX

Course Description

The STS/ELSO ECMO Management Symposium is designed to provide an in-depth review of contemporary extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). As the number of patients requiring ECMO increases, so does the need for ongoing ECMO training for cardiothoracic surgeons and multidisciplinary intensive care teams. Symposium topics will include patient selection, initiation and separation of support, and patient and circuit management, as well as management of ECMO emergencies. Participants will experience several hours of high-fidelity simulation and extensive hands-on training.

Target Audience

This course is targeted toward surgeons, intensive care specialists, perfusionists, nurses, respiratory therapists, advanced practice providers, and other health care team members who are involved in the care for patients who require ECMO. The course is appropriate for both experienced and novice ECMO providers.

Learning Objectives 

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate candidates for ECMO
  • Discuss indications for venoarterial and venovenous ECMO
  • Describe ECMO cannulation techniques and discuss equipment options
  • Recognize and manage ECMO emergencies

Location & Hotel

This course will be hosted at the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIE). 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District. The special STS group rate is $159 (single/double), plus state and local taxes, and is guaranteed through Wednesday, February 19 or until the group block is sold out. Guest rooms reserved after the cutoff date or when the room block is sold out are subject to hotel availability. There are two ways to reserve a room:

  • Call the Group Reservation toll-free number at 888-236-2427 and reference “STS/ELSO ECMO Symposium.”
  • Make your reservation online

STS/ELSO Members $1,750
Physician Non-Member $2,150
STS Associate/Candidate/Pre-Candidate Members $1,250
Non-Member Residents/Medical Students/Allied Health $1,450
Group of 4 Pricing*: 1 Physician Member and 3 Allied Health Professionals (e.g., Surgeon, Intensivist, Adv. Practice Provider, Staff Nurse/Perfusionist/ECMO Specialist)  $5,450
Group of 4 Pricing*: 1 Physician Non-Member and 3 Allied Health Professionals (e.g., Surgeon, Intensivist, Adv. Practice Provider, Staff Nurse/Perfusionist/ECMO Specialist)  $5,850

*Only one surgeon can be included in the group pricing; the additional three spots are for allied health team members. If two or more surgeons from the same institution would like to register, they must register at the individual rate. 

Prices reflect early bird registration rates. After February 1, 2020, prices increase by $100.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ethical MedTech Compliance
The STS/ELSO ECMO Management Symposium has been assessed by Ethical MedTech and is COMPLIANT with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.