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ESPNIC Autumn School

6 and 7 November 2017 

2-day refresher course targeted at candidates preparing for the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care Diploma™ (EPIC Diploma™) exam, or any individuals wanting to reinforce or fill in gaps (including ECMO) in their core knowledge of the specialty.

Each segment of the course will have dedicated theory and practical training components led by key subject-matter experts: Dr. Joe Brierley and Dr. Peter Rimensberger—both Past Medical Presidents of ESPNIC!

Unrestricted educational grant by SLE Ltd and Sentec

 Insight into and participatory discussion of best practices and controversies in the following topics:

6 November 2017

Haemodynamics and Sepsis
Dr. Joe Brierley, UK

Part 1: Haemodynamics

•  Haemodynamic physiology

•  Clinical signs of circulatory insufficiency

•  Overview on haemodynamic monitoring

•  Support of the circulation

Part 2: Sepsis

•  Fluids in Septic Shock: Crystalloids, Colloids, & Blood Products - When to Use?

•  Paediatric shock: Inotrope / vasopressor and vasodilators

•  Practical use of algorithms to guide haemodnamics in sepsis

•  Goals of resuscitation: How to make sure we do it right

•  ECPR and ECMO in severe sepsis

Part 3: Hands-on Session

7 November 2017

Mechanical Ventilation

Dr. Peter Rimensberger, Switzerland

Part 1: Basics in Mechanical Ventilation

•  Basic respiratory mechanics relevant for mechanical ventilation

•  Modes of conventional mechanical ventilation (what do I have to set?)

•  Illustrations and Hands-on Session

Part 2: Advanced Modes and Settings

•  High-frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (mode of function, physiology)

•  Optimizing mechanical ventilation (lung protective ventilation, ventilation efficiency, optimal lung volumes, respiratory monitoring)


•  Illustrations and Hands-on Session

The registration fee for the two-day (6 and 7 November 2017) ESPNIC Autumn School is EUR 366 (approximately AED 1,582) for ESPNIC Members / EUR 495 (approximately AED 2,139) for nonmembers—including lunch and coffee breaks on both days.

If you also register to take the EPIC Diploma exam on 8 November, we will discount your Autumn School registration fee by EUR 100!

EPIC Diploma™ Exam Administration

8 November 2017

The purpose of the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care Diploma™ (EPIC Diploma™) program is to harmonize and improve quality standards for safe, independent practice in paediatric and neonatal intensive care in Europe and elsewhere.

8 November 2017

EPIC Diploma™ exam Part 1 (50 questions): 09:30 – 12:00

EPIC Diploma™ exam Part 2 (50 questions): 14:00 – 16:30

The EPIC Diploma program assesses the minimal competencies necessary to practice as a paediatric / neonatal intensive care specialist; it is intended to be complementary to national standards and enhance the competent, ethical, and professional care of critically ill children.

The EPIC Diploma program consists of two component credentials that constitute a pathway of professional development for paediatric and neonatal intensive care practitioners.  These two parts are:

Part 1 – Certificate in Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care

Part 2 – EPIC Diploma (European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care Diploma)

Individuals who have a currently valid EPIC Diploma in good standing are authorized by ESPNIC’s European Board of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (EBPNIC) to refer to themselves as a “Board Certified Specialist in Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.”

While the focus of the EPIC Diploma program is on harmonizing the standard of practice among paediatric and neonatal intensivists in Europe, the exam content is limited to practice in Europe, and the exam is offered in English, practitioners from around the world are encouraged to apply for and become certified through the EPIC Diploma program. Candidates of any nationality are eligible to apply for the EPIC Diploma program.


The applicant guide (including eligibility requirements, exam topical content outline, and authoritative references), exam fees, and hyperlink to the application form for the EPIC Diploma are at