This activity features expert presentations that investigate current challenges and further evolutions in surgical LAA Closure procedures to optimally manage complex Atrial Fibrillation patients. The distinguished faculty reviews the role of the left atrial appendage in systemic thromboembolism, assess the impact of LAA Occlusion for stroke prophylaxis, examine successful clinical implementation of LAA occlusion within daily practice, and analyze the procedures economic benefits.
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For those wishing to obtain your continuing medical education certification, access Earn CME Credit Tab at the conclusion of the webcast; select the appropriate answer to each posttest question, and successfully obtain the passing score as designated at the top of the test.
Moderator: Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC
This activity is supported by an educational grant from AtriCure
MediaSphere Medical, LLC and Cine-Med
Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC
Gan H. Dunnington Jr., MD
John M. Stulak, MD
Manuel Wilbring, MD
CME Released: 2/17/2017; Valid for credit through 2/17/2018
This activity has been developed to meet the educational needs of cardiothoracic surgeons, residents, and other physicians and associated healthcare professionals.
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/IOM competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, and Practice-Based Learning.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Evaluate systemic thromboembolization and the role of the LAA in patients with atrial fibrillation.
- Evaluate the efficacy of surgical LAA exclusion.
- Review Thoracoscopic LAA Closure, with and without lesions.
This enduring activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint-providership of Ciné-Med and MediaSphere Medical. Ciné-Med is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for Physicians and is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Ciné-Med designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA CATEGORY 1 Credit(s).
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Ciné-Med designates this activity for 1 Contact Hour for Nurses.
MediaSphere Medical and Cine-Med adheres to accreditation requirements regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of the planning committee and faculty's commercial relationships will be made known at the activity. Speakers are required to openly disclose any limitations of data and/or any discussion of any off-label, experimental, or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentations. All Cine-Med and MediaSphere Medical employees and planners in control of content have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Faculty Disclosure Summary
Dr. Gan Dunnington discloses that he serves as a consultant and proctor for AtriCure, as well as a consultant and member of the speakers’ bureau for St. Jude Medical.
Dr. Marc Gerdisch discloses that he serves as a consultant and stock holder for AtriCure.
Dr. John Stulak does not have any disclosures at this time.
Dr. Manuel Wilbring does not have any disclosures at this time.
Instructions for Participation and Credit
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online educational activity. This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians and nurses should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or Contact Hours, you must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test.
Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit*:
- Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
- Review the educational presentations
- Select the appropriate answer to each posttest question. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score as designated at the top of the test. We encourage you to complete the Activity Evaluation to provide feedback for future programming.
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