Heart and Vascular Institute Continuing Education Programs




3rd Annual Dimensions in Heart and Vascular Care:
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

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With the significant incidence and prevalence of cardiac and vascular disease in the United States, health-care professionals must stay abreast of the developments within this field. Open to all members of the interdisciplinary team, Penn State's Dimensions in Heart and Vascular Care 2015, is designed to highlight the numerous dimensions and advances within the field of heart and vascular care.

This meeting is designed to impact practice, explore evidence-based research, and demonstrate cutting-edge techniques that can be directly applied to the learner's clinical and academic practice.

"Featuring Keynote Speakers"

Kevin L. Thomas, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Director of Faculty Diversity and Health Disparities Research
Associate Director of TL-1
Scholars program/CTSA
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Durham, NC

Jan Phillips, DNP(c), MSN, RN, CENP*
Director of Nursing
Emergency and Surgical Services

Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hershey Lodge. Rate is $159 single/double. The deadline for this rate is October 19, 2015. Reservations can be made online at hersheylodge.com or by calling 717-508-1957. Please mention the group name Continuing Education when making your reservation. Overnight guests receive complimentary admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story.

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Penn State Continuing Education appreciates the support of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology for their partnership for this activity.



LVAD Basics-What You Need to Know
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Where: Penn State Hershey Medical Center University Conference Center

Sessions offered: Two sessions offered on same day at 7:30 am – 11:30am and Noon – 4:00 pm

The Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute is providing free educational session that include didactic and hands on training related to the care of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patients in community based medical settings. These sessions are intended for RN, LPNs, Medical Assistants, EMT, Paramedics and other medical team members from settings including Emergency Medical Services in the field, Long-term Acute Care Facilities and SNIF. Continuing Education Credits  (1 PSNA and 1 CME) will be provided for completion of this training session.

There is no cost for this program. 

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Repeating Agenda (7:30am-11:30 & Noon-4:00pm)

7:30-8am / Noon-12:30pm Registration

8am-9am/12:30-1:30pm Introduction Lecture 1 hour

9:00-9:15/ 1:30-1:45 Break

9:15-11:15/ 1:45-3:45pm

Rotating Stations (30 minutes each)

  • Heartmate II power sources/ controller
  • Heartware power sources/controller
  • Dressing change
  • Basic Care/Emergency Care

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to change the controller on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to change power sources on Heartware and Heartmate II devices
  • Demonstrate how to perform an LVAD drive line dressing change
  • Demonstrate LVAD hemodynamics
  • Identify LVAD basic indications/contraindications, components, and goal of therapy
  • Discuss the elements of daily routine care and lifestyle changes care associated with a patient living with an LVAD
  • Identify unique elements of emergency care and appropriate interventions

Synergy in The Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Cardiovascular diseases constitute a large proportion of the illnesses and diseases in the medical world. We are fortunate to be living in an era when huge strides are being made to combat theses diseases. The dissemination of this information can play a cirtical role in treating the illnesses. Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is striving to increase the awareness of such updates and advances to our primary care colleagues.

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University Conference Center
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Agenda Highlights

Review and describe the indications, contraindications, and rationale for valve replacement versus other treatment strategies currently available for aortic valve disease

Lower Extremity Atherosclerotic Disease
Recognize signs, symptoms and treatment options for patients presenting with atherosclerotic disease of the lower extremities

Lipid Management in 2015: Guidelines and Evidence
Review cholesterol management guidelines with a focus ¿on ACC/AHA recommendations
Discuss the results of recent cholesterol trial

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Major Cause of Pulmonary Hypertension?
Review the definition and World Health Organization classification of pulmonary hypertension and current treatment options for heart failure associated with pulmonary hypertension

Congenital Heart Disease Across the Life Span
Discuss the uniqueness of patient management of those adult patients living with congenital heart defects

General Cards Topic

Surgical Management for End-Stage Heart Failure
Discuss course of action and treatment options for those patients living with end-stage heart failure

You Want to See What?:Guide to Cardiac and Vascular Testing

4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM 

Nurses will receive a certificate from Penn State College of Medicine verifying their completion of this approved continuing medical education activity

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