ECMO Training Program

ECMO stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. Extracorporeal is defined as "outside of the body" and a membrane oxygenator is a piece of equipment which acts as a lung to deliver oxygen into the patient's blood.  ECMO is a modified heart-lung machine that does the work of the heart and lungs allowing the organs to rest.

This training is for those interested in managing patients requiring ECMO therapy in the acute care setting. Three days of training by Extracorporeal Life Support Organization’s (ELSO) Instructors will feature didactic and hands-on clinical modules based upon the ELSO Standards and Guidelines. Training participants will gain the skills and knowledge necessary for managing the adult populations requiring Veno-Veno (V-V) and Veno-Arterial (V-A) ECMO.

Target Audience

Medical professional having a discussion in a lab

Perfusionists, Nurses with Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience, Respiratory Therapists (RRT) with exposure to patients on ECMO, Critical Care Physicians and Fellows.

3-Day ECMO Specialist Training

This 3-day training program is designed as an ECMO Specialist Training course. Participants have the opportunity for "hands-on" experience.   

Price: $2,595

Employee discount available upon request. For more information, email

Program Details

Friday - Sunday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(Optional Happy Hour on Saturday starting at 5:30)


  • History of ECMO: Past, Present and Future
  • Weaning and Decannulation from ECMO
  • ECMO Physiology
  • Ethics
  • Cardiac ECMO
  • Case Study
  • Pulmonary ECMO
  • ECMO Economics and Program Development
  • Introduction to Simulation
  • Mega Simulation Session 
  • Circuit Checks
  • PT and Circuit Management
  • Indication/PT Selection
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cannulation/Initiation

Travel Accommodations

Dorrance Hamilton Building
1001 Locust Street, Suite 306
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Valet Parking
Valet parking is available for access to the following Jefferson buildings:

  • Gibbon Building, 11th Street entrance of the Gibbon Building, between Chestnut & Sansom Streets
  • Main Building & Thompson Building, 10th & Sansom Streets entrance to the Emergency and Trauma Center
  • 925 Chestnut Street, 10th & Ludlow Streets entrance

Self Parking
If you do not wish to use Jefferson Valet Parking Service, there are a number of parking lots and garages in the area. Patients may be dropped off at either the 11th or 10th Street entrance of the Gibbon Building.

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