Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass


The American College of Cardiology is committed to improving the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) by addressing the educational needs of cardiovascular specialists. The Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass fulfills this need by helping cardiovascular specialists keep abreast of new and emerging approaches in the treatment and management of challenging and controversial topics in CVD.

Focusing on interactivity, state-of the-art knowledge and practical decision-making, this unique conference will engage participants in discussions, debates and potential controversies using real-world cases. Faculty include renowned experts on the cutting edge of clinically relevant CVD data.

If you're a clinician interested in improving the quality of patient care, this course is for you!

Learner Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to critically evaluate the latest approaches to CV patient care and to incorporate these updates into contemporary clinical practice.

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

  • Employ practical, evidence–based strategies in the prevention of cardiovascular disease including lipid and atherosclerosis management.
  • Evaluate contemporary strategies in the treatment of valvular heart disease
  • Describe current treatment approaches in the investigation and management of coronary artery disease
  • Analyze emerging trends across the heart failure care continuum
  • Identify best practices for the management of patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias
  • Employ appropriate diagnostic and treatment strategies in patients with congenital heart disease and in patients with pulmonary hypertension

Target Audience

This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists. Primary care physicians, Fellows in Training, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses in cardiology and other medical professionals interested in general cardiology management will also find this course of value.

Course Director

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Planning Committee

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

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

Nurse Planner

Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Lead Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

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.

To Register online for the 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 10/29/18
Advanced After Early and Until 12/24/18
After 12/24/18 and Onsite
Member Physician (includes International Associate)
MD, DO PhD $1,034 $1,140 $1,246
Non member Physician (includes Industry Professional)
MD, DO, PhD $1,283 $1,389 $1,495
Member Reduced (Includes CVT, FIT, Resident, Student and Emeritus) PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $530 $636 $742
Non-member Reduced PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD $742 $848 $954


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 22.75 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 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
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.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.75 continuing education hours. Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

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


Learner Bill of Rights


The meeting will be held at the Westin Snowmass Resort, 100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, Colorado. The telephone number is 970-923-8200.


Rooms have been set aside at both the Westin Snowmass Resort. The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until December 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. When making your reservation, please be sure to ask about deposits and cancellation policies.

Westin Snowmass Resort
The Westin Snowmass Resort offers the best of both worlds – convenient access to mountain recreation with ski-in/ski-out access and all the cultural amenities of the Aspen/Snowmass area. Additionally the resort features a 3-meal restaurant with ski-in/ski-out access, Lobby Westin Wine Bar, spa, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Center, full service Ski Concierge, and much more.

The Resort Service Charge fee will waived for those making a reservation for one of the rooms set aside for ACC.

  • Room Rates and Resort Fees: The following rates and the waived resort fee are available only to those who book within the ACC block. Rates do not include tax, which is currently 12.8%.

    Alpine King: $359 + tax
    Deluxe: $389 + tax
    Premium: $409 + tax

  • Reservations for the Westin can be made by phone or online:
    Central Reservations: 866-837-4246
    Hotel Direct: 970-923-8200

For more information about the hotel, visit their website:

Additional Accommodations
A variety of accommodations are available at a number of properties. Note that most properties require either a 5 or 7 night stay.


By Air

  • Aspen Snowmass Airport (ASE) – 6 miles from Snowmass
    Snowmass is located 6 miles from the Aspen Snowmass Airport (ASE). A number of airlines offer service to ASE:
    • United Express, operated by Sky West Airlines
    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines

    Shuttle Service: The Westin and Holiday Inn Express offer complimentary shuttle service to/from the Aspen Snowmass Airport for guests staying at their properties.

  • Eagle County Airport (EGE) – 67 miles from Snowmass
    Some attendees choose to fly into Eagle County Airport (EGE) and drive to Snowmass, or take the Colorado Mountain Express

Local Transportation
The Town of Snowmass Village provides its own free shuttle service to pretty much any location in the Village. The Roaring Fork Transit Agency (RFTA) provides transportation services on a year-round basis. Free buses operate within the city of Aspen and between Snowmass Village and Aspen.


The Snowmass/Aspen area is known around the world for its great skiing. With over 4,800 acres of adventure and beauty, the family-friendly slopes of Snowmass feature a terrain that can suit any level of skier.

Discounted Ski Lift Tickets and Equipment Rental

Ski Lift Tickets
As an attendee of this course, deep discounts on ski lift tickets and equipment for you and your guests are available through Jane Floyd & Associates. One ticket gets you the power of four mountains with quadruple peaks: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlights and Buttermilk.

CLICK HERE to save on discounted ski lift ticket information and order form.

Discounts on Equipment Rental

Full-service ski shop located in the Westin

Snowmass Sports is the only full-service ski shop located in the Westin Snowmass resort, an elevators ride from the Westin Lobby or a short walk from the wildwood makes us convenient for all your ski rental needs. We offer the latest equipment and apparel, outstanding customer service, competitive prices, and carefully maintained gear. Our knowledgeable staff strives to make sure our customers are well fitted and confident in their equipment. We are also the closest shop to the Slopes.

40% DISCOUNT for American College of Cardiology using username and password.


  • Open late so you can pick up your equipment if you arrive in the evening (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • We offer free overnight ski storage to customers renting at our shop
  • Slope-side and adjacent to Starbucks (IN THE WESTIN HOTEL)

To take advantage of the discount, go to:

  • Click drop down menu top right, then GROUP LOGIN
  • Enter Username & Password
    Username: AmericanCardio (case sensitive)
    Password: snowtrip@19
  • Click Orange Button that reads "Click to make a reservation"

IMPORTANT NOTE: This allows you to reserve at the 40% group discount rate. The system will take a 1 day deposit for each skier at 20% off. The 40% discount will be applied when you pick up your skis at Snowmass Sports. If you are unable to log in just click reserve now and we will add the group discount, upon arrival, even if you were unable to use the log in info.

Please contact us with any questions or assistance (970-923-3567).

You can find a price list by clicking here.

Slopeside Ski & Snowbird Rental

This is your exclusive site to BOOK & SAVE on equipment rentals for your upcoming trip to Snowmass.

As a member of the Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass please enjoy the following discounts:

  • 40% OFF Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rentals & Demos.
  • 10% OFF Accessory Purchases (In-Store).

Our Snowmass Mall location is selected as your primary store. It is located adjacent to The Westin. We also have the a smaller Rentskis gold shop on Westin premises. Please see the ski concierge for directions. We also have a shop in Base Village just below the Gondola.

Another option is Aspen Sports "FREE DELIVERY SERVICE". Choose "DELIVERY" and we will come to your room and fit the equipment AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.

You can find a price list by clicking here.

Other Activities
Snowmass/Aspen has an endless array of other activities to experience including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, and much more. Visit to find out more about what Snowmass has to offer.

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, Cardiac Surgery, Dyslipidemia, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Invasive Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention, Prevention, Pulmonary Hypertension and Venous Thromboembolism, Valvular Heart Disease, Atherosclerotic Disease (CAD/PAD), Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Aortic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery and Arrhythmias, Cardiac Surgery and Heart Failure, Cardiac Surgery and VHD, Lipid Metabolism, Acute Heart Failure, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interventions and Coronary Artery Disease, Interventions and Structural Heart Disease, Interventions and Vascular Medicine, Hypertension

Keywords: Coronary Artery Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Shock, Cardiogenic, Myocardial Infarction, Lipids, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Risk Factors, Heart Failure, Atherosclerosis, Heart Valve Diseases, Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiomyopathies, Hypertension, Hypertension, Pulmonary, Surgeons, Aortic Diseases, Endocarditis, Patient Care, Physician Assistants, Decision Making, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention