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2019 Cath Lab Essentials Continuing Medical Education Conference

The UCI Health Cath Lab Essentials Program is designed to expand upon and fill knowledge gaps brought to the attention of the cath lab faculty by the nurses and staff working in the cath lab. Cath lab nurses and staff require periodic updates on procedure techniques, basic hemodynamics, ECG interpretations, use of pacemakers and automated implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs), cardiovascular pathophysiology, angiography and novel interventional procedures in this dynamic and changing field. The Society of Invasive Cardiac Professionals recommends periodic updates on current and new cath lab techniques and equipment. This year new UCI faculty speakers were added to the program to include devices and electrophysiology.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 

Location: Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Time: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Registration fees:

  • $90 — Non-UCI employees
  • $80 — UCI employees
  • $65 — Trainees and students
  • $100 — Day of event registration
Register online

Learning objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the hemodynamics in the cardiac Cath Lab, identify pressure measurement, artifacts and the application of pressure waveforms to the diagnosis of valvular abnormalities.
  • List indications and contraindications for cardiac catheterization, identify complications and their management, and explain the use of transfemoral and transradial catheterization techniques.
  • Identify new methods for interventional cardiology procedures, the use of hemodynamic support devices, coronary stents, fractional flow reserve (FFR), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT).


7:30 a.m.  —  Registration with breakfast, meet and greet faculty

7:55 a.m.  —  Welcome remarks 
                     Morton Kern, MD and Pranav Patel, MD

8:00 a.m.  —  "Patient safety: Essentials of understanding the importance of time out and teamwork in
                     cardiology practice" 
                     Arnold Seto, MD, MPH

8:30 a.m.  —  "Coronary angiography and keys to optimizing approach to cardiac catheterization" 
                     Morton Kern, MD

9:00 a.m.  —  "Case-based examples: When all hell breaks loose"
                     Pranav Patel, MD

9:30 a.m.  —  "Essentials of ECG for STEMI and basic rhythm issues"
                     Teferi Mitiku, MD

10:00 a.m. — Break

10:15 a.m. — "Complex case review and complications I"
                     Dipti Itchhaporia, MD and Pranav Patel, MD

10:55 a.m. — "Essentials of intravascular imaging: How we use OCT and IVUS to manage our patients"
                     Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD

11:20 a.m. — "Essentials and management of atrial fibrillation"
                     Rajash Banker, MD

11:45 a.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — "A case-based approach to the physiology of CAD: How to use FFR and IFR to manage patients"
                     Morton Kern, MD

1:00 p.m.  —  "Hemodynamics: Case review for the Cath Lab and ICU"
                     Chris Pan, MD, MBA

1:40 p.m.  —  "Advanced heart failure, IABP and LV assist devices"
                     Michael Gibson, MD

2:10 p.m.  —  "Heart valve disease: Where we are today and what the future holds"
                     Ihab Alomari, MD

2:35 p.m.  —  "Case review and complications: Presentations from Cath Lab staff and physicians"
                     Faculty and staff cases

3:00 p.m.  —  Adjourn


  • For questions or more information regarding the event, please contact Lesley Anderson at 714-456-3868 and/or lianders@uci.edu.

Accreditation and disclosure:

Target audience. Catheterization lab nurses and technicians, cardiovascular nurses, students, fellows in training and local community hospital physicians.

Accreditation statement. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation statement. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) designation. ASRT has approved this live activity for a maximum of 7 Category A Credits. Participants must complete the entire activity as designed and approved to earn the credit.

Disclosure statement. It is the policy of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California Continuing Medical Education Consortium to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all continuing medical education activities. Full disclosure of conflict resolution will be made in writing via handout materials or syllabus.

California Assembly Bill 1195 statement. This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at www.cme.uci.edu