The simulation sessions emphasize hands-on activities and active participation to maximize simulation-based skill acquisition. Daily session sizes are limited to allow for maximum participation. Session sign-up is accessible within the conference registration portal. Attendees will be able to attend multiple simulations, but attendees are limited to only one simulation session per day.

Designed to showcase the quality advances and innovation in Emergency Critical Care, these sessions boast a learning approach that combines peer-to-peer and mentor collaboration and hands-on learning of the following procedures:

Instructors and Goals & Objectives 

Critical Care Echo/Ultrasound Basics 

Chris Fung, Venkatakrishna Rajajee

After completing this hands-on experience, participants will:

  • Be able to obtain and interpret the appropriate ultrasound views to guide management in the hemodynamically unstable patient, including focused cardiac, abdominal, and lung exams.
  • Understand the application of advanced techniques in transthoracic echocardiography, including LVOT VTI, TAPSE, RVSP, and diastology and be able to acquire the images necessary for these measurements. 
  • Be able to perform and interpret focused lung ultrasound as it applies to critically ill patients with acute hypoxic respiratory failure.

Difficult Airway

Benjamin Bassin, Crystal Ives Tallman, and Stephen Spanos

After completing this hands-on experience, participants will:

  • Understand methods for approaching a difficult "physiologic airway." 
  • Be competent with a range of supraglottic airway devices as well as how to transition from a supraglottic airway to a definitive endotracheal intubation.
  • Learn tips and tricks for a successful awake fiberoptic intubation in the emergency setting


Robert Neumar, Kyle Gunnerson, and Cindy Hsu

After completing this hands-on experience, participants will:

  •  Understand and be able to apply the patient criteria ECPR eligibility based on the potential for complications and survival with good neurologic outcome.
  •  Learn and be able to perform the technical steps of percutaneous vascular cannulation and initiation of ECPR in a simulated setting.
  •  Learn and be able to perform circuit management, troubleshooting, and post-cardiac arrest care strategies during initial hours of ECPR in a simulated environment.

Advanced Ventilation Management

Ivan Co, Sage Whitmore

After completing this hands-on experience, participants will:

  •  Learn the initial non-injurious ventilator settings for patients with acute respiratory failure and be able to apply this to a variety of patient populations.
  •  Understand the physiologic mechanisms behind a number of patient-ventilator interactions, including peak pressure, plateau pressure, and "auto-peeping" and be able to apply this understanding towards best practices and troubleshooting in ventilator management.
  •  Be able to apply an understanding of these best practices in ventilator management to specific clinical problems, including acute respiratory distress syndrome and asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations. z


Please note: The AIEC3 Planning Committee will make every effort to assign each registrant based upon his/her indicated first priority interest session each day, but reserves the right to assign respectively based upon session enrollment. A waitlist for each session will be also be maintained and executed (when applicable) on a first-come-first-served basis.