The Heart Course 2019

Las Vegas, NV US
October 22, 2019 to October 24, 2019

Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Care for the Front Line Clinician

Course Description

Cardiovascular emergencies must be recognized immediately and treated appropriately to prevent life-threatening consequence. Sometimes only seconds matter to save a life. The skills, tools, and resources to respond to these emergencies are rapidly evolving. The Heart Course provides an opportunity for frontline providers of emergency cardiology to learn, discuss, and apply emerging data, new guidelines, and optimal treatment strategies for the management of cardiac and vascular emergencies.


Monday October 21, 2019
12:30pm - 3:30pm
Pre-Course Workshop #1 - Amal Mattu
4:30pm - 7:30pm
Pre-Course Workshop #2  - Amal Mattu
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm
The Heart Course- General Session Day 1
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm
The Heart Course - General Session Day 2
Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:00am -12:15pm
Post-Course Echo Workshop #1  Registration limited is 20
1:00pm - 5:15pm
Post-Course Echo Workshop #2    Registration limited is 20

Pre-Workshop 1 $250
Pre-Workshop 2 $250
Physicians $899
NP / PA / APRN $499
RN / Paramedic $399
Post Workshop 1 $350
Post Workshop 2 $350








Cancellations must be made in writing to CEME at Refunds, less a $50 processing fee, are provided if cancellation occurs prior to the start of the course. 



Target Audience

The Heart Course is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and advanced practice professionals that provide care to patients with acute cardiovascular problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss chest pain risk stratification by exploring the ins and outs of the Heart Score
  • Identify the evidence-based strategies for the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome (STEMI, and UA/ NSTEMI), atrial fibrillation, heart failure, transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage
  • Describe the mechanisms of action and optimal evidence-based use of new and emerging cardiovascular medications, including new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) therapy and reversal agents
  • Demonstrate state-of-the-art resuscitation strategies for patients presenting with cardiovascular emergencies
  • Evaluate and initiate appropriate treatment strategies for high-risk, high-threat electrocardiography (ECG) findings and unusual dysrhythmias 
  • Discuss the emerging data on current and novel biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Identify optimal antiplatelet and anticoagulant management strategies for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), atrial fibrillation (AF), venous thromboembolism (VTE), and stroke
  • Determine evidence-based best practices in the management of device-related emergencies in patients with cardiac disease, including ventricular assist devices (VADs), pacemakers, and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 14.50 ACEP
  • 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 14.50 AOA Category 2A
  • 14.50 Certificate of Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/22/2019 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
10/24/2019 - 5:00pm EDT
Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
United States
+1 (866) 227-5938

Hotel Accommodations

Group code:  SMCEM9    call center (866)317-1829


Room Rate:  $119.00




Course Directors

Peter S. Pang, MD MS is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Clinical Research, and Chief Science Officer for CORE with Indianapolis EMS. He also serves as clinical faculty in the Methodist and Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Emergency Departments. Dr. Pang received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Brigham & Woman's / Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Pang’s primary research interest is acute heart failure. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over a dozen textbook chapters on acute heart failure.
Disclosure: Dr. Pang has disclosed that he has been a consultant for BMS, Medtronic, Novartis, Trevena, scPharmaceuticals, Roche Diagnostics and Relypsa.   Dr. Pang has done research support for Roche, Novartis, PCORI, IUSM and Indianapolis EMS.

Dr. Amer Aldeen is Chief Medical Officer of USACS. He previously served as Executive Medical Director of CEME. Dr. Aldeen joined USACS in 2014 from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was site principal investigator for the CMS-funded Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations project, developing protocols to improve care of older adults in the ED. He was the recipient of the Northwestern EM faculty teaching award for six years in a row, and the Amer Aldeen Junior Faculty Teaching Award is named after him. Dr. Aldeen is co-author of 1200 Questions to Help You Pass the Emergency Medicine Boards.
Disclosure: Dr. Aldeen has nothing to disclose.

Course Faculty

Dr. Laura Bontempo received her medical degree from Northwestern University in 1994 and subsequently completed an emergency medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1998. She spent 5 years at Harvard University as the Associate Emergency Medicine Program Director and then was recruited to Yale University to become the Emergency Medicine Program Director, a position she held for 7 years. Dr. Bontempo received a Master’s in Education degree with a concentration in health professional education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has received teaching awards in emergency medicine from Northwestern, Harvard and Yale Universities and the University of Maryland. Dr. Bontempo is published in multiple emergency medicine textbooks and has lectured nationally in the areas of cardiology and otolaryngology.

Disclosure: Dr. Bontempo has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Jestin Carlson serves as Chair of the Education Committee of the National Clinical Governance Board. He is also the Director of Resident Research and Vice Chair for the Institutional Review Board for the Allegheny Health Network.   

Dr. Carlson has a focus on resuscitation research and education with over 50 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and currently sits on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation/American Heart Association First Aid Task Force and the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Committee.  Dr. Carlson earned his medical degree at State University of New York at Buffalo and completed his emergency medicine residency and a research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Disclosure: Dr. Carlson has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Megan Fix grew up in a small town in Michigan and then headed to California where she attended Stanford University for undergraduate and Stanford School of Medicine.  She was a resident in Emergency Medicine in Boston at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Program and was chief resident her final year of residency.  She then was an attending at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME and was the director of medical student education.  She arrived in Utah in 2010 and has served as the Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine residency program as well as the 4th year medical school Transitions to Internship Course Director.  Dr. Fix's main focus is in medical education.  She is heavily involved in local resident and medical student education as well as nationally involved in the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) as well as multiple CME courses such as The Heart Course and the Difficult Airway Course.  She has been awarded multiple teaching awards and has published multiple papers mostly surrounding medical education and airway education.

Disclosure: Dr. Fix has nothing to disclose.


Dr. Amal Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. He joined the faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland in 1996. He has received more than a dozen teaching awards including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA); and in 2000 he was selected as Founder’s Day Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus. He received the 2005-2006 Rookie Faculty of the Year Award and the Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award from ACEP, Program Director of the Year Awards from the AAEM Resident and Student Association in 2006 and from EMRA in 2011, the 2007 Maryland Emergency Physician of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter-ACEP, the 2008 “Joe Lex” National Educator of the Year Award from AAEM, and the 2013 “Peter Rosen Award” for outstanding leadership in academic emergency medicine.

Dr. Mattu's areas of academic focus are emergency cardiology, geriatric emergency medicine, faculty development, and risk management. He has authored the bestselling texts ECGs for the Emergency Physician Volume 1 and Volume 2, and he has served as an editor for 19 other texts in emergency medicine. Dr. Mattu is the first emergency physician to serve as primary Guest Editor on issues of Cardiology Clinics (twice) and Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, and he serves as the consulting editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. Dr. Mattu is a frequent speaker at national and international CME conferences in emergency medicine.
Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship and the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland.
Disclosure: Dr. Mattu has nothing to disclose.

Dr. Frances Russell, MD, RDMS is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound Division and Fellowship Director at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. She serves as clinical faculty in the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Emergency Department. She completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Connecticut and Fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Cook County Hospital/Rush Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Russell’s primary research interest is in the use of clinical ultrasound in patients with shortness of breath, mainly acute heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. She has multiple peer-reviewed papers on these topics.

Disclosure: Dr. Russell has nothing to disclose.
The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
The Center for Emergency Medical Education (CEME) designates this live activity for a maximum of 28.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 14.50 ACEP
  • 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • 14.50 AOA Category 2A
  • 14.50 Certificate of Participation


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