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As of September 26, 2018 (subject to change)

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Saturday, October 27

7:00 - 7:45 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

7:45 - 8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks — Randall Stark, MD, FACC

8:00 - 9:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? — Mayra E. Guerrero, MD, FACC

9:00 - 10:15 am

Session 1: Resuscitation Science — Moderator: Demetri Yannopoulos, MD

9:00 am
Managing Post Resuscitation Cardiac Dysfunction: An Overview of the Options and the Future
— Jacob Jentzer, MD, FACC

9:15 am
The Post Resuscitation Systemic Injury and the Complexity of Critical Care — Katie Carlson, MD

9:30 am
The Role of the Cath lab in Modern Resuscitation Efforts — Jason Bartos, MD, FACC

9:45 am
Hypothermia in the Modern Era and in Clinical Practice — Michael Mooney, MD, FACC

10:00 am
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

10:15 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

10:30 - 11:30 am

Session 2: The New Age of Heart Failure: Innovative Diagnosis & Treatment Strategies — .Jane Wilcox, MD, MSc

CME Credit Provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch & Exhibits
ACC Chapter Board Meetings: Minnesota, Iowa, and Great Plains
Women in Cardiology Luncheon
CV Team Members Luncheon

12:45 - 2:00 pm

Session 3: Structural/Interventional — Moderator: Mario Gӧssl, MD, FACC

12:45 pm             
The Next Frontier in Structural Heart Disease Interventions: Tricuspid Valve Repair — Mario Gӧssl, MD, FACC

1:00 pm       
Mechanical vs. Bioprosthetic Valve in AVR and MVR: What is the Correct Choice? — Ben Sun MD

1:15 pm       
CTO Controversy — Nick Burke MD

1:30 pm      
PFO Closure Update — Bhaskar Purushottam, MD

1:45 pm       
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

2:30 - 3:45 pm

Session 4: Great Debates in Cardiology — Moderator: Randy Stark MD, FACC

2:30 pm
Cardiac CTA vs Physiologic Stress Testing — John Lesser, MD, FACC vs. Said Alsidawi, MD, FACC   

3:00 pm      
L Main Stenting for CAD vs. CABG — Michael Mooney, MHI vs. Vishal Khullar, MBBS

3:30 pm      
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

4:30 pm

Reception and Fellows in Training Poster Contest

Sunday, October 28

7:00 - 7:25 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

7:25 - 7:30 am

Welcome Back — Randall Stark, MD, FACC

7:30 - 8:30 am

Fellows in Training (FIT) Jeopardy — Jeremy Thaden, MD

8:30 - 9:00 am

The Digital Revolution and the Future of Healthcare — John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, MACP, FESC, FRCPI, FRCP (London), FCSI, FCCP, FAHA

9:00 - 10:15 am

Session 5: Circulation — Moderator: Nicolas W. Shammas, MD, MS, EJD, FACC, FSCAI, FICA

9:00 am
Acute Stroke Care — Haitham Hussein, MD

9:20 am
Aorta — Crystal Bonnichsen, MD

9:40 am
PVD/Limb Salvage — Nicolas W. Shammas, MD, MS, EJD, FACC, FSCAI, FICA

10:00 am
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

10:15 - 10:40 am

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

10:40 am - Noon

Session 6: EP — Moderator: Henri Roukoz, MD, FACC

10:40 am
The Role of ICDs in Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy after the DANISH Trial — Selcuk Adabag, MD

10:55 am
Afibablation in Patients with LV Dysfunction — Manju Pai, MD

11:10 am
Cardiac Sarcoidosis: Diagnostic Challenge and Who Needs an ICD? — Henri Roukoz, MD, FACC

11:25 am
Sports Restrictions in Inherited Channelopathies? — Thomas Munger, MD, FACC

11:40 am
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

Noon - 12:15 pm

Closing Remarks

12:15 pm



Course Description

Faced with the constant emergence of new clinical evidence, ongoing advances in therapeutics, and ever-evolving reimbursement systems, cardiovascular healthcare providers are often challenged to determine and recommend the best therapies for their patients. This 1.5 day conference offers participants an in depth examination of the current controversies in cardiovascular care with the goal of helping clinicians provide the best care for patients, improve the health of populations and rein in costs.

Intended Audience

This conference is ideal for cardiologists; cardiovascular surgeons; primary care physicians; cardiovascular medical, interventional and surgical trainees; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; cardiac care associates; hospital and clinic nurses, and others interested in offering patients the benefit of newer treatment options for heart disease.


  • Describe the evolution of the care of the out-of-hospital arrest patient.
  • Describe the “best medical therapy” in terms of pharmacotherapy for patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction.
  • Describe the practical and functional advantages of physiologic testing in patients with suspected coronary disease.
  • Identify the clinical decisions and patient characteristics that go into deciding the appropriate patients for bio-prosthetic valve placement.
  • Discuss the guidelines for ICD placement in patients with LV dysfunction.
  • Discuss the new model for acute stroke care in centers of excellence.


Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification Part II - American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 9.75 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.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Core Competencies: Patient Care/Clinical Skills, Knowledge for Practice, Professionalism, and Interpersonal & Communication Skills

CME Credit for AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare sponsored session on Saturday, October 27.

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Teaching Materials

A link to online course materials will be sent to registered attendees prior to the conference. Attendees are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet to view the materials during the learning sessions.


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