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Conference Agenda 

Unable to attend in person? Learn more about the AmSECT 2019 Virtual Conference and view the slated broadcast agenda here

CEU Approval 

AmSECT International Conference activities have been approved for both SDCEs and Category 1 CEUs. Please see below for a breakdown of the credits offered in conjunction with the event: 

  • AmSECTU Flipped Classroom Pre-Work: 7 Self-Directed Continuing Education Credits (SDCEs)*

The AmSECT Meeting has been approved by ABCP to offer the following Category 1 CEU credits for the meeting:

  • Thursday: 9.6** (Note: Pre-conference workshops are only available to in-person conference attendees)
  • Friday: 8.1
  • Saturday: 9.9
  • Sunday: 4.0

Full Conference - 22 ABCP Category 1 CEUs + 7 SDCEs
Full Conference with Morning and Afternoon Pre-cons – 31.6 ABCP Category 1 CEUs + 7 SDCEs
Virtual Conference - 22 ABCP Category 1 CEUs + 7 SDCEs

*All individuals registered for the Full Conference or Virtual Conference will receive an email with login credentials and instructions on how to earn the SDCEs directly from AmSECT University. Once you login, go to the "College of Education" section, select "Flipped Classroom Prep Classes", then click on the class you want to take. 
**Some pre-conference workshops require additional registration fees. The total represents the maximum amount of credit an individual can earn by participating in morning and afternoon pre-conference workshops.

AmSECT U Flipped Classroom Pre-Work

Attendees of the 57th International Conference can earn an additional 7 Self-Directed Continuing Education credits through completion of online Flipped Classroom courses that focus on trending topics and are intended to serve as pre-work in preparation for the International Conference. Courses include:

  • Goal Directed Therapy in Critical Care
  • Is it Time for Goal-Directed Therapy in Perfusion
  • Is Timing Everything
  • Variance in Therapy and Registry Variables
  • The Goal Directed Perfusion Trial in Cardiac Surgery
  • AmSECT Adult Standards and Guidelines
  • AmSECT Pediatric Standards and Guidelines

Registered attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to access the classes. Once you login, go to the "College of Education" section, select "Flipped Classroom Prep Classes", then click on the class you want to take. Please email amsect@amsect.org should you need assistance with your AmSECT University login information. 

Onsite Registration 

Onsite registration is available for the AmSECT International Conference. Please see below for registration hours and locations: 

  • Thursday, March 7 | 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Presidential Chamber B Foyer
  • Friday, March 8 | 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Governor’s Ballroom AE Foyer
  • Saturday, March 9 | 6:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Governor’s Ballroom AE Foyer
  • Sunday, March 10 | 7:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Governor’s Ballroom AE Foyer

To view a map of the conference venue, click here

THURSDAY, MARCH 7 (Pre-Conference Workshops*)

*Additional Registration Fees May Apply

Morning Workshops

ECMO Patient Management Workshop*
Speakers: Cory Alwardt, PhD, CCP, Yuliya Tipograf, MD, and Whitney Gannon, MSN, MS
Presidential Chamber B
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 student members / $200 members / $250 non-members
ECMO Patient Management Workshop Schedule: 
8:00 am -8:15 am - Introduction and basic overview of ECMO 
8:20 am -8:45 am - Evolving applications of ECMO 
8:45 am -9:00 am - Discussion
9:00 am - 9:25 am - Standard and alternative cannulation configurations 
9:25 am - 9:45 am -  Nuances of blood gas management for ECMO patients
9:45 am - 10:00 am - Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am - Important mechanical ventilation considerations during ECMO support 
10:30 am - 10:50 am - Discussion
10:45 am - 11:10 am - Patient mobilization and transport
11:10 am - 12:00 am - Patient scenarios and discussion
IBBM Blood Management Specialist Review Course 
Speakers: Keith Samolyk, CCP Emeritus, Al Stammers, MSA, CCP, Julie Wegner, PhD, CCP, and John Rivera
Presidential Boardroom A
8:00 am - 10:30 am 
FREE with International Conference registration
Review Course Schedule: 
7:50 am -8:00 am - Introduction to Review Course - Keith Samolyk, PBMS, CCP Emeritus
8:00 am -8:30 am - Blood Component, Fluid Management Review - Keith Samolyk, PBMS, CCP Emeritus
8:30 am - 9:00 am - Coagulation Review - Julie Wegner, PhD, CCP
9:00 am - 9:30 am - Auto-Transfusion Review - John G. Rivera, BS, MA
9:30 am - 10:00 am - Data Collection Practices - Al Stammers, MSA, CCP
10:00 am - 10:15 am - Panel Discussion and Q&A
10:15 am - adjourn, exam begins at 10:30am (see info below)

Patient Blood Management Specialist (PBMS) Certification Exam*
10:30 am - 1:00 pm 
$200 members/nonmembers

Afternoon Workshops

ECMO Program Management* 
Speakers: Matthew Warhoover, MSP, MMHC, CCP, Desiree Bonadonna, MPS, CCP, FPP, LP, and Bob Longenecker, BS, CCT, LCP, CCP
Presidential Chamber B
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
$50 student members / $200 members / $250 non-members
ECMO Program Management Schedule:
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Introduction and Audience Assessment
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm - Structure and Process - Designing and Building a Great Program
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm - Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Outcomes - Improving Quality and Assuring Program Viability

Policy & Procedure Writing & Team Organization

Speakers: Shahna Helmick, CCP, John R. St. Onge CCP,  Scott Snider, CCP LP, Craig Vocelka, MDiv CCP
Belmont A
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
FREE with International Conference registration 



      General Conference

            Pediatric & Congenital Meeting      

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM  Conference Welcome
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM  Presidential Address
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Flipped Classroom: Standards and Guidelines Update

Standards and Guidelines 101 (8:30-8:40am) - Shahna Helmick, CCP
Perfusion Standards and Guidelines (8:40-8:55am) - Shahna Helmick, CCP
Paediatric Perfusion Standards and Guidelines (8:55-9:10am) - Ron Angona, MS, CCP, FPP
Discussion (9:10-9:30am)

9:45 AM - 12:30 PM

ECMO Technical Fine Points

CAVH on ECMO (9:45-10:05amClarke Thuys, CCP
Going out on a limb (10:05-10:25am)  Bill DeBois, MBA, CCP 
Cardiac Decompression (10:25-10:45amAshish Shah, MD
Break (10:45-11:00am)
Inefficiencies of VV ECMO: Why is the Saturation Low? (11:00-11:20am) Matthew Warhoover, MSP, MMHC, CCP
Harlequin Syndrome (11:20-11:40amCory Alwardt, PhD, CCP
Anti-Coagulation Strategies (11:40-12:00pm) Jeff Riley, MHPE, CCT, CCP, PBMS, LP
Panel for discussion (12:00-12:30pm)

Congenital Technical Fine Points

ABSTRACT:Case Report: The use of del Nido Cardioplegia During Bypass on a Pediatric Sickle Cell Patient (9:45 - 9:57 am) Ashley Merkel 
ABSTRACT: Team Simulation of Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation(E-CPR) in the Field (9:57 - 10:09 am) David Palmer
How I…. RAP (a small baby) (10:10-10:30amDaniel Gomez, MT, CCP, FPP
How I…. Exit to ECMO (10:30-10:50am)  Joseph Timpa, CCP, FFP
How I…. Teach Pediatrics: Trends and observations from a clinical instructor (10:50-11:05am) Kerry Fair, BS CCP LCP
Break (10:45-11:00am)
How I…. Use Nitric Oxide on CPB (11:25-11:45amClarke Thuys, CCP
How I…. Do ABO incompatible transplants (11:45-12:05pm)  Ashley Hodge, MBA, CCP, FPP
How I…. Use DO2 to guide my pediatric perfusion practice (12:05-12:30pmJim Reagor, MPS, CCP, FPP

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch with LivaNova: Advancements in ECLS - Aditya Bansal, MD
1:45 PM - 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Break with Exhibitors/Posters
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Special Lecture: Ethics in the Workplace - Joyce Wahr, MD
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Perfusion without Borders/Awards/Business Meeting 
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Manufacturers' Reception 



General Conference 

Pediatric & Congenital Meeting

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM                    

Breakfast with Terumo: The Evolution of Continuous Inline Blood Gas Monitoring - Ben Komorowski, Principal Clinical Specialist, Terumo Cardiovascular Group

8:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Scientific Oral Abstract Sessions (Adult)

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Pediatric Perfusion Survey & Topics in Coagulation
Pediatric Perfusion Survey Results Presentation - Bob Groom, CCP, FPP
Use of PCCs post-CPB - Alexander Hughes, MD
Use of ATIII supplementation with regard to HDR/slope - Isaac Chinnappan, MS, CCP, LCP, FPP, CPBMT
Heparin alternatives in pediatric perfusion - Ashley Hodge, MBA, CCP, FPP

9:45 AM - 2:15 PM

Exhibit Hall Open

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Break with Exhibitors/Poster Presentations

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Flipped Classroom: Strategic-Directed Perfusion: Focused to improve outcomes 

Strategic-Directed Perfusion: Current status (10:30-10:45am) - Rob Baker, PhD, CCP
Challenges to adopting a goal directed perfusion paradigm (10:45-11:00am) - David Fitzgerald, MPH, CCP
How to run a PDSA QI change project? (11:00-11:15am)    - Donny Likosky, PhD
Adopting change in a large centre (11:15-11:30am)   - Nicholas Mellas, CCP
Adopting change in a community practice (11:30-11:45am) - Mark Martin, CCP

Discussion (11:45am-12:15pm)

Multidisciplinary Session
The Role of ECHO - Future Advancements in Pediatric Cardiac Diagnostics (10:30-10:50am) - David Parra, MD
Continuous and Pulsatile Flow VAD’s in Pediatrics (10:50-11:10am) - Bret Mettler, MD 
Post CPB Challenges in Pediatrics in the Intensive Care Unit (11:10-11:30am) - Andrew Smith, MD
Leadership in Pediatric Perfusion (11:30-11:50am) - Tami Rosenthal, CCP, MBA, FPP
Panel for Discussion (11:50-12:15pm)
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM   Legends Luncheon - James Kirklin, MD
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM  Break with Exhibitors/Posters
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM 

Adult & Pediatric Perfusion Session: The Conundrum of Ultrafiltration

Physiology and Pathophysiology of Ultrafiltration (2:15-2:35pm) - Michael Manning, MD, PhD
Controversies of Pediatric Modified Ultrafiltration (2:35-2:50pm) - Bharat Datt, MSc, CCP, CPC, FFP 
What the data is telling us: Analyses of Ultrafiltration Data (2:50-3:05pm) - Michael Manning, MD, PhD
What the data is telling us: Analyses of Ultrafiltration Data (3:05-3:20pm) - Al Stammers, MSA, CCP
What the data is telling us: Analyses of Ultrafiltration Data (3:20-3:35pm) - Donny Likosky, PhD
Discussion (3:35-4:00pm)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Afternoon with Spectrum: Moving at Quantum Speed into the Future, Come for the Ride! - Jeremy Tamari
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM AmSECT Student Session & Perfusion Bowl Semi-Finals - Ashley Risso, MS CCP and Robb Johnson, CCP RRT
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Sponsored Event: The SpecialtyCare Whiskey Tasting Event



General Conference

Pediatric & Congenital Meeting

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM          

Conference Abstract Awards

8:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Documentation, Research, and the Future
Information and Data: A Clinician's Perspective (8:25 - 8:40am) - Rob Baker, PhD CCP
Cardiopulmonary Bypass Information Technology: A Research Tool, Safety Net and Performance Coach (8:40 -9:00am) – Gary Colister; Bishoy Magdalla, of Talis Clinical
Industry Perspectives: If We Build it, Will They Use It? (9:00 - 9:20am) – Steve Turner, of
Spectrum Medical
Panel discussion (9:20 - 10:00am)

Controversies in Pediatric Perfusion
Optimal administration of Del Nido Cardioplegia (common mistakes) (8:25-8:45am) - Richard Ginther, Jr., MBA, CCP, FPP
Is Del Nido the right way to go? (8:45-9:05am) - Clarke Thuys, CCP
Comprehensive Neuro Monitoring (9:05-9:25am) - John Miller, CCP
VAVD - yes/no? (9:25-9:45am) - Tami Rosenthal, CCP, MBA, FPP
Panel discussion (9:45-10:00am)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 12:00 PM  Hot Topics
Risks and benefits of off-label product usage in perfusion (10:15-10:30am) - Jeff Riley, MHPE, CCT, CCP, PBMS, LP
HIPEC: an overview and clinician exposure risk (10:30-10:45am
Del Nido Cardioplegia in adults (10:45-11:00am) - Seenu Reddy, MD
The latest on heater cooler devices and infection risk (11:00-11:15am) - Al Stammers, MSA, CCP
Panel discussion (11:15-11:30am)
Perfusion pet peeves moderated discussion (11:30-12:00pm) - Richard Ginther, Jr., MBA, CCP, FPP

Blood Management
Blood Banking and Pediatric Perfusion (age of blood, directed donor, irradiation) (10:15-10:45am) - Alecia Solomon
Trends in Bloodless management (JW, Fontan, optimal transfusion triggers single vs. BiV) (10:45-11:15am) - Bharat Datt, MSc, CCP, CPC, FFP
Optimization of neonatal prime (steroids, hyper/hyponatremia, COP, lactate) (11:15-11:45am) - Isaac Chinnappan, MS, CCP, LCP, FPP, CPBMT
Panel (11:45-12:00pm)
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Break
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM ABCP Student Lecture - Ed Delaney, MS MBA CCP LP
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Perfusion Bowl Finals


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