Cardiovascular Overview and Board Prep Virtual Experience

ACC's Cardiovascular Overview and Board Prep Virtual Experience

"Very concise, enjoyed the approach and tips the doctors provided."
— ACC's Cardiovascular Overview & Board Prep 2020 Participant

"The material was applicable to my practice. Very practical and current."
— ACC's Cardiovascular Overview & Board Prep 2020 Participant

Join Course Directors Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC and W. Gregory Hundley, MD, FACC, along with Co-Directors James C. Fang, MD, FACC; Joseph E. Marine, MD, MBA, FACC; Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC; and Anne Marie Valente, MD, FACC for ACC's Cardiovascular Overview and Board Prep Virtual Experience!

This virtual experience will guide you through the content categories covered in the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Initial Certification and Maintenance of Certification Exams and is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of cardiology.

Enroll and gain access to:

  • A Study Roadmap that breaks the board exam content down by content category and provides guidance on what to study over time.
  • Customized Study Guides provide guidance on specific ACCSAP educational material in both text and video formats, allowing you to learn by reading, watching, or listening to presentations.
  • ECG Drill & Practice to improve your interpretive skills and access a self-assessment ECG test.
  • Use Heart Songs 5 to master cardiac auscultation by reviewing the auditory characteristics and handheld echo findings of heart sounds.
  • Over 600 case-based questions, each linked to its related text so you can quickly and easily learn more on that subject and create custom quizzes to simulate Board exams and personalize your learning.

All the CME credit and MOC points in Medical Knowledge you need to stay licensed and certified for a 5-year period. Plus, ECME is available for users outside the U.S.





The ACC Cardiovascular Overview and Board Prep Virtual Experience provides unlimited access to all materials through October 31, 2021 and is available for an incredible price of $299 for members and $399 for non-members!

During the course, our expert faculty will guide you through study topics and engage you in stimulating, interactive discussions of ABIM examination guidelines that focus on the main content areas tested on the ABIM Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exams:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Circulation Disorder
  • Valve Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Systemic Disorders of the Circulatory System

This course is intended for cardiovascular medicine fellows in training preparing for initial board certification and practicing cardiologists preparing for a maintenance of certification assessment or seeking an in-depth review of cardiovascular medicine. The secondary target audience is cardiovascular team professionals, particularly physician assistants and advanced practice nurses looking for a comprehensive update.

Anchoring on the ABIM Certification Examination Blueprint, the overall goal of this course is to review and update knowledge and competency for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease for physicians preparing for the initial certification exam or a maintenance of certification assessment or seeking a comprehensive review of cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to —

  • Formulate strategies for integrating observations from the history and physical examination with the results of non-invasive and invasive testing to inform the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Integrate treatment and/or management decisions into the plan of care for patients with cardiovascular disease, including those with arrhythmias, heart failure, valvular disease, and coronary artery disease.
  • Recognize indicators for accurate interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECG), echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) scans and other diagnostic studies.
  • Choose best practice guideline recommendations in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve confidence for taking the initial certification exam or one of the maintenance of certification assessment options.

Course Directors

W. Gregory Hundley, MD, FACC
Virginia Commonwealth University Health

Patrick O'Gara, MD, MACC
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Course Co-Directors

James C. Fang, MD, FACC
University of Utah Health

Joseph E. Marine, MD, FACC
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Matt Martinez, MD, FACC
Atlantic Health - Morristown Medical Center

Anne Marie Valente, MD, FACC
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital

Planning Committee

Ron Blankstein, MD, FACC, FASNC, FSCCT, FASPC
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Amit Khera, MD, MSc, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

Esther S.H. Kim, MD, MPH, FACC
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Michelle Kittleson, MD, FACC
Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute

Nidhi Madan, MD, MPH
Rush University Medical Center

Thomas Metkus, MD, FACC
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

CONFLICT OF INTEREST (COI) POLICY/DISCLOSURES

As a provider jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of their directly provided or jointly provided/co-provided educational activities. Planners, presenters, and other contributors, in a position to control the content are required to disclose to the audience all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. When an unlabeled use of a commercial product or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed during an educational activity, the contributor should disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational.

ACCF is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities and materials that promote improvements and quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business or commercial interest. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent participation in educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provide learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the education activity.

ACCF assesses conflicts of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of certified activities. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup (ACWG) through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations.

Please note ACCF staff and the ACWG members involved with this activity have nothing to disclose.

Credit for the ACC Cardiovascular Overview and Board Prep Virtual Experience may be claimed through ACCSAP. Additional credit claim opportunities are available through Heart Songs 5 and ECG Drill & Practice.

ACCSAP offers the following credit:

  • 160 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 160 ABIM MOC Points
  • 160 Canadian MOC Points
  • 160 hours of External CME Credits

Continuing Medical Education

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 160 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activities.

While offering CME credits noted above, this program is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

MOC

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 160 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Canadian MOC

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society on 22/01/2019 and expires 01/22. Remember to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 160 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

ECME

EBAC

ACCSAP will be accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 160 hours of External CME credits. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) have recognized each other's accreditation systems as substantially equivalent. Apply for credit through the post-course evaluation.