Big Sky Cardiovascular Update: Practical Applications in Clinical Cardiology

It is reported that over 81 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease and over 870,000 Americans die of cardiovascular diseases – diseases of both the heart and the vascular blood system – each year. Although largely preventable conditions are more common among people aged 65 or older, the number of sudden deaths from heart disease among people aged 15–34 has steadily increased. This course is designed to provide diverse and current education that will keep medical professionals abreast of the issues affecting the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

This unique five-day course is renowned for its close interactions between faculty and learners. A comprehensive overview of current problems in cardiovascular medicine and surgery is combined with a focused symposia, case vignettes and state-of-the-art lecture presentations. Distinguished faculty will lead discussions on a variety of issues facing today’s cardiovascular providers.

The overall goal of this course is to provide practical, contemporary cardiovascular prevention, diagnosis and management strategies in the care of patients.

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

  • Describe current treatment strategies in the investigation and management of coronary artery disease
  • Evaluate appropriate interpretation of cardiovascular guidelines including hypertension and vavular guidelines
  • Utilize appropriate anticoagulation therapeutic strategies in the management of atrial fibrillation
  • Identify the impact of cardiometabolic disorders including diabetes
  • Recognize the best practices in the treatment of patients with heart failure including new drugs and diagnostic strategies
  • Employ practical, evidence –based strategies to address lipid and hypertension management concerns in the CVD patient

This course is intended for cardiologists and generalists seeking a comprehensive update on cardiovascular assessment and treatment strategies.

Course Director

Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC
Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
Director, Cardiovascular Center
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Course Co-director

Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Peter C. Block, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Emory University School of Medicine

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, FACC
Director, Tufts Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Tufts University School of Medicine

Paul E. Fenster, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Sarver Heart Center
Tucson, AZ

James B. Froehlich, MD, MPH, FACC
Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Gregory Hundley, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

Gina Price Lundberg, MD, FACC

Medical Director
Saint Joseph’s Heart Center for Women
Clinical Director
Emory Women’s Cardiovascular Health Center
Marietta, GA

Darren K. McGuire, MD, MHSC, FACC

Associate Professor of Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Anne Marie Valente, MD, FACC
Co-director, Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Disease Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Robert A. Vogel, MD, FACC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MACC
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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, 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.

Big Sky Faculty Disclosures

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The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and course materials.

Register me as: Designation   Early Until 9/22/17
Advanced 9/23/17 Until 1/12/18
 After 1/13/18 and Onsite
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $787
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional)
MD, DO, PhD $997
Member Reduced (includes CVT, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student
$472 $577
Non-member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACC will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

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 live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Accreditation
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 21 Medical Knowledge 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.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

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


Learner Bill of Rights


All sessions will be held at the The Huntley Lodge, P. O. Box 160001 #1 Lone Mountain Trail, Big Sky, MT 59716-0001.  The meeting site telephone number for reservations is (800) 548-4486.


The Huntley Lodge
#1 Lone Mountain Trail
Big Sky, MT 59716

Reservations via telephone:
To make a reservation by phone, please call the Huntley Lodge’s Reservation Office at 1-800-548-4486.  Please identify yourself as an attendee of The Big Sky Cardiology Conference to receive the group’s special rates.

Huntley Lodge, Village Center and Shoshone rates are quoted per room per night and include a daily breakfast buffet in the Huntley Dining Room and gratuity for each registered guest. Summit rate is quoted per room per night and includes a daily breakfast buffet in the Peaks Restaurant and gratuity for each registered guest. Breakfast is served in all facilities daily from 6:30-10:30am only. No credits or refunds will be offered. Children 10 and under stay free when in the same room as their parents with existing beds and enjoy complimentary daily breakfast buffet.

The above rates do not include tax and service fees. The current total is nineteen percent (19%) tax and service fees on accommodations. This nineteen percent (19%) is made up of seven percent (7%) state bedding/accommodation tax, three percent (3%) local/resort tax, and nine percent (9%) resort service fee that supplements private financing to fund the design and improvement of resort infrastructure, facilities, and services. This amount is subject to change on a yearly basis depending on current federal, state, and local laws.

All rooms for the Big Sky Cardiology Conference course are reserved at The Big Sky Mountain Resort.  The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until January 12, 2018, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Noninvasive Imaging, Prevention, EP Basic Science, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Acute Heart Failure, Chronic Heart Failure, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Hypertension

Keywords: Anti-Arrhythmia Agents, Heart Failure, Systolic, Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Magnetic Resonance Imaging