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2019 Program & Agenda

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As of September 25, 2019 (subject to change)

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Saturday, October 26

7:00 - 7:45 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

7:45 - 8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks — Steve Smalley, MD, FACC

8:00 - 9:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Physician Well-Being: From Burnout to Thriving in Modern Medicine — Colin West, MD, PhD

9:00 - 10:15 am

Session 1: Drugs & the Heart – Pharmacology Updates — Moderator: Jane Chen, MD, FACC

9:00 am
Anti-Arrhythmic Drugs: A Review and Update
— Luciano Amado, MD

9:20 am
Treating your AFib Patient who has Coronary Artery Disease — Moderator: JoEllyn Moore, MD, FACC

9:40 am
Reversal Agents for DOACs — Jane Chen, 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: Diagnosis and Management of Pulmonary Hypertension: The State of the Science — John Ryan, MD, MBBH, BAO

This session is not part of the U of M accreditation. CME Credits are provided by Rockpointe.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

  • Lunch & Exhibits
  • ACC Chapter Board Meetings: Minnesota, Iowa, and Great Plains
  • Women in Cardiology Luncheon: Why my specialty is the best! — Interactive panel featuring Forum Kamdar, MD, PhD, Dr. Marit Thorsgard (interventional cardiology) and moderated by Jane Chen, M.D., FACC (electrophysiology), Dr. Rekha Mankad (non-invasive cardiologist) and Dr. Katie Benziger (non-invasive cardiologist).
  • CV Team Members Luncheon, moderated by Beth Hoffman

12:45 - 2:00 pm

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

12:45 pm
TAVR for All – Including Low Risk Patients: New Studies Unveiled at ACC 2019 — Santiago Garcia, MD, FACC

1:00 pm
Mitral Clip after COAPT — Mayra Guerrero, MD, FACC

1:20 pm
TMVR: A Surgeon’s Perspective — Brian Bethea, MD

1:40 pm
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Session 4: Great Debates in Cardiology — Moderator: Prabhjot Nijjar MD, FACC

2:30 pm
SAVR is still the right choice in the low-risk, 60-year-old patient? — Kevin Greason, M.D., FACC vs. Mario Gӧssl, MD, FACC

3:00 pm
Aspirin has No Role in Primary Prevention? — Jeremy Van’t Hof, M.D. vs. Selma Carlson, MD

3:30 pm
The Coronary Artery Calcium Score: When is it Appropriate?— Rob Fraser, FIT at HCMC/ANW vs. Rajat Kalra, FIT at U of M

4:00 - 5:30 pm

WIC Social Hour and Trainee Poster Contest

4:30 pm

Reception and Fellows in Training Poster Contest

5:30 pm

Watchman Presentation, hosted by Boston Scientific Corporation. (Dinner provided, non-CME event)

Sunday, October 27

6:00 - 7:00 am

WIC Morning Yoga

7:00 - 7:25 am

Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibits

7:25 - 7:30 am

Welcome Back — Steve Smalley, MD, FACC

7:30 - 8:30 am

Fellows in Training (FIT) Jeopardy Contest — Moderator: Sunil Mankad, MD, FACC

8:30 - 9:00 am

Keynote Presentation: Nutrition and the Heart — Kim Williams, M.D., MACC, Past President of the ACC

9:00 - 10:15 am

Session 5: Prevention — Moderator: Michael Miedema, MD, FACC

9:00 am
Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk - Time for Cardiology to get back in the game. — Mike Miedema, MD, FACC

9:20 am
How can we improve lipid management? An update from the guidelines — Katie Benziger, MD, FACC

9:40 am
Pregnancy and CVD Prevention — Retu Saxena, MD, FACC

10:00 am
Q&A, Panel Discussion — All

10:15 - 10:40 am

Refreshment Break & Exhibits

10:40 am - Noon

Session 6: Evaluation For The Dyspneic Patient: Complex Cases & Clinical Pearls — Moderator: Jeremy Thaden, MD

10:40 am
Hemodynamic Stress Echo — Sunil Mankad, MD, FACC

11:00 am
Multimodality Imaging for for RV and Pulmonary Hypertension — Joao Cavalcante, MD, FACC

11:20 am
Under Pressure: The Dyspneic Patient in the Cath Lab — William Miranda, MD

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

Jointly Accredited Provider

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education and the Minnesota Chapter of The American College of Cardiology. 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 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

This activity is awarded up to 9.0 ANCC contact hours.

American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 9.0 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.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their 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.

Rockpointe Session — 1 CME Credit available for Session 2: Pulmonary Hypertension.

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