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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 Recertification Exams and is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of cardiology.

Enroll today 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 day-by-day guidance on specific ACCSAP educational material in both text and video formats, allowing you to learn by reading, watching, or listening to presentations. Did you know that ACCSAP includes the lectures from ACC's board review course? Each study guide is provided at the time the Study Block opens.
  • Online Moderated Q&A allows for the submission of written questions related to the current study block, with faculty providing responses within approximately 24 hours.
  • Live Q&A Webinars provide live discussion and additional Q&A opportunities with our content experts. Plus, each webinar will be made available on demand for those that cannot join live.
  • Access to ECG Drill & Practice with 150 ECGs using the ABIM scoring template and
  • 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, 2020 and is available for an incredible price of $299 for members and $399 for non-members!


Over the course of 16 weeks, 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 Exam:

  • 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
  Target Audience
  Target Audience

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.

  Statement of Need/Learning Objectives
  Statement of Need/Learning Objectives

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.

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


James C. Fang, MD, FACC
University of Utah

Joseph E. Marine, MD, FACC
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

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

Anne Marie Valente, MD, FACC
Boston Children's Hospital

Study Block 1: Arrhythmias

Jordana Kron, MD, FACC
Virginia Commonwealth University

David Spragg, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Roderick Tung, MD, FACC
The University of Chicago Medical

Peter Brady, MB. ChB, MD, FACC
Advocate Health Care

Jonathan Chrispin, MD, FACC
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Tanya Tanawuttiwat, MD, MPH, FACC
Indiana University

Study Block 2: Coronary Artery Disease with Lipids, Hypertension & Prevention

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

James de Lemos, MD, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

Kim Eagle, MD, MACC
University of Michigan

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

Ajay Kirtane, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Columbia University Medical Center

Brian Bergmark, MD, FACC
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Thomas Metkus, Jr. MD, FACC
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Study Block 3: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies and Pulmonary Circulation Disorders

Mark Drazner, MD, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

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

Michael Mathier, MD, FACC
University of Washington

Jennifer Thibodeau, MD, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

Kevin Shah, MD, FACC
University of Utah

Additional expert faculty to be announced in the coming weeks.


ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. 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 through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, and patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

  Credit Information
  Credit Information

Credit for the Cardiovascular 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.


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).



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.