Cardiac Rehab Information for Physicians Webinar Series

The purpose of this webinar series is to provide physicians, particularly those who are Medical Directors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs with the didactic knowledge they need to optimize care for patients suitable for these programs. It is a source of important information that is not readily available elsewhere, particularly in this focused manner. Fellows may find this resource uniquely valuable. This webinar series consists of 15 individual modules which are organized into 5 webinars, each approximately 1 hour in duration. Webinars may be viewed in any order, but likely best in the order presented. Dual CME/MOC credit is available. This innovative program was created by the ACC Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Council.

Click on the links below to view the recorded webinars and to claim credit:

Webinar 1 - Overview and Regulations

  • Welcome and Introduction – Dr. Mary Norine Walsh
  • Brief Overview and the ITP – Dr. Richard A. Josephson
  • Patient Screening, Referrals, and Enrollment – Dr. Marjorie King

Webinar 2 - Principles of Exercise Training, Stress Testing, Patients with CAD

  • Principles of Aerobic Exercise Prescription – Dr. Melissa Tracy
  • The Role of Exercise Stress Testing – Dr. Alison Bailey
  • Patients with CAD – Dr. David M. Shipon

Webinar 3 - Patients with Systolic Heart Failure, LVADs, post Heart Transplant or Frailty

  • Patients with Congestive Heart Failure – Dr. John A. Larry
  • Following Cardiac Transplantation or Implant of LVADs – Dr. Steven J. Keteyian
  • Frailty: Gait/Strength/Balance – Dr. Daniel E. Forman

Webinar 4 - Exercise Prescription for Patients with Pacemakers, ICDs, or Recent Valve Procedures

  • Heart Rate & Rhythm and the Devices that Control Them – Dr. Richard A. Josephson
  • Post Cardiac Valve Surgery – Dr. Jonathan H. Whiteson
  • Principles of Psychosocial Evaluation, MI, and Behavior Change – Dr. Joel W. Hughes

Webinar 5 - The Spectrum of CR: Phase 1, Phase 3, and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Tobacco Cessation – Dr. Richard A. Josephson
  • Phase 1, Phase 3 and Non-Center Based Cardiac Rehab – Dr. Alison Bailey
  • The Transformative Power of Lifestyle Medicine – Dr. Dean Ornish

Learner Objectives

  • Learner objectives are listed on each individual activity.

Target Audience

  • This activity is intended for medical directors and physicians engaged in the care of patients in cardiac rehabilitation, and fellows in training.

ACCF's Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Policy

As a provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 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 sponsored or jointly sponsored/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 or a member of their immediate family may have, occurring within the past 12 months, with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services) related to the content of the activity. 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 sponsored educational activities by persons with a financial or other relationship, but rather to provider learners with information on which they can make their own determination whether financial interests or relationships may influence the credited activity.

ACCF assesses conflict of interest (COI) with its faculty, planners, managers, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CME/CNE-credited activities. 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, and patient care and safety recommendations.

ACCF staff involved with this activity have nothing to disclose. Disclosure information is listed on each individual activity.


The American College of Cardiology Foundation is not responsible for statements made by any contributor. Statements or opinions expressed in this program reflect the views of the contributors and do not reflect the official policy of the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

Unapproved Use Disclosure

This activity may include discussion about pharmaceutical agents and/or medical devices/products that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent information.

Richard A. Josephson, MS, MD, FACC, FAACVPR (Chair/Faculty/Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Director)
Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
University Hospitals Health System
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Alison Bailey, MD, FACC, FAACVPR (Planning Committee/Faculty/Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Director)
Director, Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehab Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute
Chief, Academic Cardiology
Program Director, Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship
Affiliated Associate Professor
University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN

Daniel E. Forman, MD, FACC (Planning Committee/Faculty)
Chair, Section of Geriatric Cardiology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and GeroFit
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, PA

Joel W. Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR (Faculty)
Psychology Professor
Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychological Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH

Steven J. Keteyian, PhD (Faculty)
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI

Marjorie King, MD, FACC, MAACVR (Planning Committee/Faculty/Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Director)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
Chief Medical Officer and Cardiac
Rehabilitation Medical Director
Helen Hayes Hospital
West Haverstraw, NY

John A. Larry, MD (Planning Committee/Faculty)
Medical Director
OSU East Cardiac Rehabilitation
Columbus, OH

Dean Ornish, MD (Faculty)
Founder & President
Preventive Medicine Research Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

David M. Shipon, MD, FACC (Planning Committee/Faculty)
Director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
Jefferson Health Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Rehab Medicine (SKMC)
Chief Medical Officer
Simons Heart
Chief Executive Officer
Athlete Health Organization
Philadelphia, PA

Melissa Tracy, MD, FACC (Planning Committee/Faculty/Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Director)
Associate Professor Medicine
Medical Director, RUSH Cardiac Rehabilitation
RUSH University
Chicago, IL

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC (Faculty) Medical Director Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD (Faculty) Medical Director
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine
Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health
New York, NY

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 each enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

While offering credits noted above, the course 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 1 Medical Knowledge MOC point 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.


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