Program Description: 

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.  

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this education intervention will be able to:

  • Understand reasons to initiate ECMO.  
  • Describe the benefits and burdens of ECMO. 
  • Delineate ethical issues in ECMO usage.
Faculty & credentials: 


Cynthiane J. Morgenweck, MD, MA

Associate Professor

Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Institute for Health and Equity

Medical College of Wisconsin


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships.  The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

  • Cynthiane J. Morgenweck, MD, MA


Diane Kramer
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8498

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) was initially used in the operating room for a quiet heart during cardiac surgery. With technological innovations, ECMO is now used beyond the operating room to provide assistance to patients with failing hearts and lungs. Its use is temporary while a more permanent solution to the patient’s pathology is developed. When this is not possible, it may be appropriate to discontinue the support. The decision to discontinue may cause distress amongst all of the participants. Some of the discontinuation dilemmas and how they can be addressed will be explored in this presentation.

Session date: 
02/16/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CST
Virtual Meeting
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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