About the 2018 Board Certification Review Course

The 2018 Board Certification Review Course content is based on the ABIM content blueprint for the certification examination in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

This activity will use concise didactic presentations by national experts, case studies, and panel discussions. An audience response system (ARS) will be utilized throughout all presentations and to deliver ABIM style questions in designated session time. Additional question and answer periods with faculty will enabling attendees to drive the discussion of according to their most pressing clinical challenges. A reading list compiled for the activity contains additional references regarding guideline- and evidence-based therapy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the activity, participants will demonstrate improved competence and ability to:

1. Identify gaps in knowledge about advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology

2. Focus study efforts on filling identified knowledge gaps

3. Practice for the certification examination with ABIM-style multiple-choice test questions

For Clinical Practice:

1. Describe the epidemiology of heart failure, including environmental factors, and implement strategies for the prevention of heart failure

2. Describe the pathophysiology of heart failure, including normal physiology and compensatory and maladaptive mechanisms

3. Assess and follow the patient with acute or advanced heart failure, using non-invasive and invasive tests and biomarkers.

4. Implement guideline-based therapy for patients with chronic heart failure, including pharmacologic agents; non-pharmacologic options, such as diet and exercise; and implantable devices

5. Implement appropriate care strategies for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with pulmonary hypertension, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or cardiorenal syndrome.

6. Manage comorbidities in patients with chronic heart failure, including sleep disordered breathing, anemia, and depression

7. Implement strategies for effective disease management of the patient with advanced heart failure, including palliative care and transition to outpatient care

Competencies

This HFSA Board Review Course has been designed based on the competencies identified with practice in the area of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

These competencies include epidemiology, causes and management of patients with HF, management of hospitalized patients, management of comorbidities, cardiac surgery in HF, medical management of the heart transplant patient and patients with mechanical circulatory support, and evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Continuing Education Credit

This HFSA Board Review Course has been designed based on the competencies identified with practice in the area of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

These competencies include epidemiology, causes and management of patients with HF, management of hospitalized patients, management of comorbidities, cardiac surgery in HF, medical management of the heart transplant patient and patients with mechanical circulatory support, and evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

PHYSICIANS

The Heart Failure Society of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Heart Failure Society of America designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 19.25 MOC points in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 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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