58th International Conference Agenda

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Please see below for an overview of the AmSECT 58th International Conference agenda. Please note that sessions and topics are subject to change. 

Virtual Conference Attendees: The AmSECT Virtual Conference will include all sessions in the General and Pediatric Session Rooms throughout the main conference, March 6-8. The Pre-Conference Workshops will not be broadcast. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 - Pre-Conference Workshops

Please note that pre-conference workshops are subject to separate registration fees. 


Pre-Conference Workshops

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

ECMO Program Management*

The goal of this session is to provide an overview of the program management of both low volume and large volume ECMO centers. Included will be an analysis of planning the program design and implementation of a new ECMO service in a community hospital, managing a large volume service in an institutional hospital, quality control and improvement measures, competency review processes for team members, and discussion surrounding what makes an ECMO team excel.  This will be a workshop with ample opportunity for interaction between the faculty and participants.


Perfusion Administration Skills Symposium (PASS)*

This symposium will focus on crucial administrative skills necessary for managing a perfusion program.  The session will include topics such as policy and procedure writing, adherence to standards and guidelines, and monitoring quality measures.  Attendance is encouraged for lead perfusionists and staff perfusionists with an interest in improving their team’s organization and quality

Blood Management Workshop*

 This workshop will focus on reviewing the newest research in optimizing blood management as clinical practice guidelines for both pediatric and adult cardiac procedures requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Learning objectives include; integrating various perfusion adequacy indicators that relevant to blood transfusion and blood conservation, reviewing algorithmic-proportionate approach of blood products administration (RBC, platelets, plasma derived factor concentrates) during and post CPB and the role of perfusionist in preserving an ideal perfusate composition at different phases of CPB. Attendees will get an opportunity to learn from lectures and interaction between the faculty and participants.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Break (On Own)
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

ECMO Specialist Exam
Review Course**

The Adult Certified ECMO Specialist© (CES-A) certification exam is a new exam that recognizes mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the adult CES job description. The exam is intended for RNs, RRTs, CCPs, and other non-MD specialists monitoring adult ECMO procedures and circuits. This review course will address key topics covered on the exam. Interested and eligible applicants will then be able to sit for the exam. For more details on the exam and to register, please click on link http://intbbm.org/ces-certification/

Electronic Data Collection Systems in Perfusion*
(12:30 pm - 4:00 pm)
This workshop will focus on the basic language of healthcare information technology, options available for electronic perfusion charting systems, and how to incorporate such a system within your program.  Attendees will also learn about how to leverage data collected to standardize performance, reduce unwanted variance, improve quality, and enhance outcomes.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

ECMO Specialist Exam**
(3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Please see the IBBM website for details and to register. 

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

* Separate registration fees apply. $75 per workshop for AmSECT Members, $100 per workshop for non-members.
** The ECMO Specialist Review Course will be offered at no charge to ECMO Specialist Exam registrants, and registration for this pre-conference workshop is only available through the ECMO Specialist Exam application. The ECMO Specialist Exam registration fee will be $150, and the test will be offered both on Thursday, March 5 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 pm. To learn more and register, visit the IBBM website here: http://intbbm.org/ces-certification/



General Conference

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Welcome and President's Address
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ECMO
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Gibbon Award Presentation

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


Pediatric & Congenital 

10:45 PM - 11:45 AM

Neuroprotective Strategies in Adults

Neuroprotective Strategies in Pediatrics

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Sponsored Lunch Presentation
1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

ICEBP Symposium

Safety, Standards, and Guidelines
for Pediatric & Congenital Perfusion

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Break with Exhibitors
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM


Pediatric & Congenital Abstracts

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Salaries, Vacancies, & Turnover
Challenges in Perfusion

Adult Perfusion
Registry Breakout*

Pediatric & Congenital Case Reports 

5:30 PM - 7:15 PM Manufacturer's Reception

*The goals of this session would be to discuss adult cardiovascular perfusion registries, including but not limited to their structure, benefits for participation, and ongoing quality improvement initiatives. We will also discuss the pathway for additional center participation in these registries. Note: this session will take place at the same time as “Salaries, Vacancies, & Turnover Challenges in Perfusion” and “Pediatric & Congenital Case Reports”. The full agenda is available here.



General Conference 

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Sponsored Breakfast Presentation: 

Your Mission is our Mission:  Advancing ECLS Therapy
Sponsored by Medtronic

Scheduled Speakers:

Dr. Matthew Bacchetta, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Matthew Warhoover, MS, CCP, LCP, Clinical Instructor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Perfusionist of the Year/Award of Excellence Presentations

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote Presentation: Dr. Roger Dias
STRATUS Center of Medical Simulation - Brigham and Women's Hospital
NASA Simulation Researcher

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Break with Exhibitors
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Non-Technical Skills for Perfusionists
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Perfusion Preceptor Modules

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Legend's Lunch with Dr. Robert Bartlett
University of Michigan Department of Surgery
ECMO Pioneer

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

 Adult Simulation 

Pediatric & Congenital

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Exhibitors

Pediatric & Congenital Registry Breakout*

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Perfusion Preceptor Modules

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM


Pediatric & Congenital Abstracts

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Cardiogenic Shock - Bailouts and Algorithms 

ICEBP Steering Committee Session** 

Pediatric & Congenital
Mechanical Circulatory Support
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM 

AmSECT Business Meeting

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

AmSECT International Conference Social Event
Schlafly Brewery Taproom
Separate Registration Required; $50 per person. Limited to first 100 registrants
Light appetizers, beer, and wine included. Registration is available as an add-on through the main conference registration. 

*The goals of this session would be to discuss pediatric and congenital perfusion registries, including but not limited to their structure, data collection instruments, and benefits for participation. We will also discuss the pathway for additional center participation in these registries.

**The goals of this session would be to discuss and gain feedback on the ongoing work being conducted by AmSECT’s International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion (ICEBP) Committee. We will also discuss the pathway for those interested in participating in the ICEBP’s work. Note: this session will take place at the same time as “Cardiogenic Shock – Bailouts and Algorithms” and “Pediatric & Congenital Mechanical Circulatory Support”.  The full agenda is available here.



General Conference

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Electronic Perfusion Records in Adults

Pediatric & Congenital
Healthcare IT / Perfusion EMR
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Abstract and Journal Awards, President's Awards, Perfusion Without Borders Presentation

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Strategic Directed Perfusion  Pediatric & Congenital
Strategic Directed Perfusion 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ECMO  Pediatric & Congenital
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM ECMO Specialist Exam*

*The ECMO Specialist Exam requires a separate registration fee of $200; no continuing education credits are offered for sitting the exam. Attendees can prepare for the ECMO Specialist Exam by attending the ECMO Specialist Exam Pre-Conference Workshop on Thursday, March 5. Registration for the review course and the exam is available through the IBBM website here

AmSECT Membership Eligibility

An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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