CME Programs

Dimensions in Heart and Vascular Care:
Checking the Pulse on the Issues
Friday, November 7, 2014
Hershey Country Club, 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 intra-professional team, Penn State's Dimensions in Heart and
Vascular Care 2014: Checking the pulse on the issues, is designed to highlight the numerous
dimensions and advancements 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"

Brian Maher
Practice Manager
The Advisory Board Company
Washington, DC

Kenneth Robinette
Vice President, Operational Excellence
Cardinal Health
Dublin, Ohio

William P. Owad, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Operational Excellence
Cardinal Health
Dublin, Ohio

John B. O'Connell, MD
Vice President Medical Affairs
Thoratec Corporation
Pleasanton, CA

Registration has closed. Accepting walk-ins


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



HVI Primary Care Colloquium
Synergy in The Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease
September 13, 2014

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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 these diseases. The dissemination of this information can play a critical role in treating the illnesses. Penn State Hershey Heart & Vascular Institute is striving to increase the awareness of such updates and advances to our primary care colleagues.

Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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


LVAD Basics-What You Need to Know
December 4, 2014

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Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

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. 

Registration maintained by CME


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 (20 minutes each)

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

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