The ACC Cardiovascular Overview and Board Review Course for Certification and Recertification


To help you prepare for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Cardiovascular Disease certification exam, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) offers an intensive Board certification review course at which attendees receive a broad and in-depth summary of the cardiovascular disease curriculum. This detailed, comprehensive course follows the ABIM examination blueprint and emphasizes pathogenesis, pathophysiology, natural history, epidemiology and evidence-based guidelines for diagnostic assessment and clinical management.

This four-and-a-half-day course includes exam-oriented lectures delivered by expert faculty members, case-based reviews, online practice exam questions for general cardiology, electrophysiology and electrocardiography, as well as interactive case studies and question challenges using an audience response system.  The system also facilitates real-time question submission that lecturing faculty respond to.  By the course’s end, participants have the tools and knowledge necessary to analyze Board-style questions in preparation for the exam.

Why you should attend even if you’re not studying for the Boards:
Even if you’re not up for recertification anytime soon, this course is an excellent choice for cardiovascular healthcare professionals who:

  • Specialize in one particular area of cardiology and need a convenient way to stay updated on other areas.
  • Appreciate organized, focused presentations from experts. Our lecturers will keep you engaged!
  • Have limited time to travel and need everything from just one course. Experience the benefits of a national conference without the stress of planning your time.
  • Want to earn all of their CME and MOC credit at once – 40+ credits.

More than 1/3 of attendees come to this course just to refresh their knowledge – join them in 2018!

Additional Optional Learning Opportunities
Round out your review with these additional opportunities. As part of the course, you will be able to:

  • Receive online access to more than 300 exam-related questions for practice review
  • Attend optional evening case-based sessions
  • Participate in Learning Labs to improve your cardiac auscultation skills with Heart Songs and your ECG interpretation skills with ACC’s ECG Drill & Practice products
  • Take a Simulated Board exam to gain experience answering ABIM style questions and to help you identify your areas of strength and weakness

Goal and Learner Objectives

Anchoring on the ABIM Board Certification Blueprint, the overall goal of this course is to review and assess participants' knowledge and competency in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in preparation for the initial Board certification or recertification.

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

  • Identify appropriate prevention, diagnostic, treatment and management decisions in the care of cardiovascular disease
  • Summarize recent ACC/AHA Practice Guidelines as they pertain to the practice of cardiovascular medicine
  • Identify the primary cardiovascular disease states as outlined by the ABIM blueprint
Medical Content Category % of Exam
Arrhythmias 15%
Coronary Artery Disease 23%
Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy 17%
Valvular Disease 15%
Pericardial Disease 4%
Congenital Heart Disease 5%
Vascular Diseases 6%
Systemic Hypertension and Hypotension 7%
Pulmonary Circulation Disorders 5%
Systemic Disorders Affecting the Circulatory System 3%
Total 100%
  • Demonstrate ECG, imaging and clinical diagnostic interpretation skills
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the scope of the ABIM examination, including multiple choice questions, format and relevant answer sheets

Target Audience

This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists, physicians, and fellows-in-training who are preparing for initial board certification or recertification or who are seeking an in-depth review of general cardiology.

Course Directors

Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC
University of Michigan Health System

Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Course Co-directors

James C. Fang, MD, FACC
University of Utah

W. Gregory Hundley, MD, FACC
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

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

Eric S. Williams, MD, FACC
Indiana University School of Medicine

S. Wamique Yusuf, MBBS, FACC
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Invited Faculty

David S. Bach, MD, FACC
University of Michigan Health System

Lara Bakhos, MD
Loyola University Medical Center

Ron Blankstein, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

James A. de Lemos, MD, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

Mark H. Drazner, MD, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical School

Julia H. Indik, MD, PhD, FACC
University of Arizona Medical Center

Amit Khera, MD, MSC, FACC
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Eric V. Krieger, MD, FACC
University of Washington

Matthew W. Martinez, MD, FACC
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Michael A. Mathier, MD, FACC
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Todd D. Miller, MD, FACC
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Stuart D. Russell, MD, FACC
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Charles Swerdlow, MD, FACC
UCLA and Cedars Sinai

Ranya N. Sweis, MD, MS, FACC
Northwestern Medical Center

Roderick Tung, MD, FACC
University of Chicago

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

R. Parker Ward, MD, FACC
University of Chicago Medical Center

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 with manufacturers of commercial products/services. All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted through a process that includes course directors and appropriate peer review by education committee chairs/members, 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.

To Register online for this Course please click the Register button at the top of the page.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact ACC Member Care at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603. 

To Register by Fax, Email or Phone for the Course click here.

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

Register me as: Designation   Early Until 7/2/18
Advanced 7/3/18
Until 8/17/18
 Late 8/18/18 through Onsite
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO, PhD $1670
Non-member Physician (includes Industry Professional)
MD, DO, PhD $2340
Member Reduced (includes CVT, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student
$1000 $1130
Non-member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, Resident, Student
FIT Reduced Rate (Discount has been applied to pricing in this row)
(Must call ACC Member Care at 800-253-4636 ext. 5603 to receive discount)
2 or more FITs registering at same time receive a discount off of each registration rate. Pricing in this row reflects the discount.
REDUCED Rate for 2 or more registering together
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REDUCED Rate for 2 or more registering together

Proof of licensure required for PA, Tech, RN, CNS and NP (non-CCA members); letter from training director needed for FIT


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 45.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 45.75 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 credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion data to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Physician Assistants
PAs may claim a maximum of 45.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


Learner Bill of Rights


All sessions will be held at The Swissotel Chicago, located at 323 East Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL. The meeting site telephone number is 312-565-0565.

To reserve a room at please call 888-737-9477. Identify yourself as a participant in the American College of Cardiology course – 2018 Cardiovascular Board Review Course. You may also make your reservation on-line but going to CV Board Swissotel Reservation or cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

Room Rates
The room rate is $219 plus 17.4 percent state and local taxes (subject to change) per night. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until Monday, August 6, 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. When you make your reservation, please be sure to ask about early departure fees or cancellation penalties.


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, Valvular Heart Disease, Atherosclerotic Disease (CAD/PAD), Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias

Keywords: Coronary Artery Disease, Risk Factors, Arrhythmias, Cardiac, Heart Valve Diseases