Cardiology 2016 Conference — Course Highlights and Objectives


The practice of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular care involves a multitude of conditions presenting at a variety of ages. A myriad of various congenital malformations of the cardiovascular system exist in nature, each with its own unique pathophysiology. Previously healthy young hearts may also acquire disease. Our discipline now spans care from the earliest point of gestation in fetal life to the mature adult, each era presenting its own set of unique aspects influencing strategies of care and outcome. All of these factors contribute to the need for a huge body of knowledge that must be at the fingertips of healthcare providers in order to offer the latest state-of-the-art care to our patients. Our discipline is still a young one, with new information being generated at a regular pace; however, a strong evidence base for clinical practice can often be difficult to find due to all of the permutations of disease variety and complexity. It is with this in mind that we present the 19th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease. Our theme this year is “Bringing Science to Clinical Practice,” with an emphasis on current knowledge informing strategies of care. The course faculty will present multiple talks in plenary sessions, as well as presentations  in subspecialty breakout sessions and a series of moderated panels of experts, covering all areas of the science informing  practice for comprehensive care of the unborn, neonate, child and young adult with cardiovascular disease.

Course Highlights 2016 

  • Updates on the latest science and clinical management  strategies in pediatric and congenital cardiovascular medicine and surgery from visionary experts in the field 
  • Featured premier opening plenary session lectures by  outstanding speakers on the provocative subject of “what  impacts clinical care”  
  • Informative and entertaining plenary session: “You have 15 minutes in front of a venture capitalist — make your best case! Novel technologies and innovations  in congenital and pediatric cardiovascular care” with comments and feedback from a venture capital consultant 
  • Breakout sessions on a variety of topics for every subspecialty, including sessions on how to answer common clinical questions, thrombosis, preventative  and outpatient cardiology, and research methodology, including the emerging role of “big data” analytics 
  • Expert moderated panel discussions on 1) heart transplantation and 2) the questions of “when is care futile?” and “when have we reached the limits of treatment?” 
  • Featured Rashkind (Cardiology), Lillehei (Surgery), Downes (Critical Care and Anesthesia), Rauch (Nursing) and Basic & Translational Science lectures by renowned professionals in the field 
  • New this year: Lunch roundtable panel discussions 
  • Dedicated nursing track including comprehensive preconference symposium on management of congenital heart malformations as well as nursing-specific breakout sessions and nursing research sessions 
  • Presentation of cutting-edge research through three days of abstract poster display and oral presentations with awards for best investigational research abstracts 
  • Preconference, full-day intensive symposia on 1) research  training, 2) imaging, and 3) healthcare administration for pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease 
  • Our second annual 5K Heart Run! 
  • Test your knowledge against the experts in an entertaining  and informative Quiz Bowl competition 
  • Hear from the absolute best speakers in the field on the  most up-to-date topics while networking with colleagues and socializing in a relaxing, family-friendly, fun-filled environment!

Course Objectives 2016 

At the completion of this program, the participant will be  better able to: 

  • Describe the science and knowledge base of information that supports clinical practice for the patient with pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease 
  • Understand human, social, technical and organizational factors that impact clinical practice 
  • Identify the role of genomics in congenital heart disease 
  • Outline care and management of acquired heart disease in  the pediatric population 
  • Review latest innovations and technologies in congenital and pediatric cardiovascular care 
  • Discuss challenges of growing up with congenital heart disease 
  • Describe current long-term outcomes in complex congenital heart disease 
  • Review latest concepts in the care and management of adult congenital heart disease 
  • Understand latest concepts in fetal cardiovascular care 
  • Identify solutions to many common questions related to the clinical care of patients with congenital heart disease 
  • Describe current methodologies for research and discuss the potential benefits of “big data” analytics 
  • Manage the patient with congenital heart disease consisting of isolated ventricular septal defect, double outlet right ventricle, and Ebstein’s anomaly of the tricuspid valve 
  • Discuss concepts and controversies in anesthesia and critical care medicine 
  • Review concepts in preventative and outpatient cardiology 
  • Identify key factors that help determine optimal strategy of care for the neonate with borderline small ventricle 
  • Understand and manage the risks of thrombosis in the pediatric population with heart disease 
  • Discuss sports recommendations in congenital heart disease and channelopathies 
  • Identify and solve challenges seen in the cardiac catheterization laboratory 
  • Describe the spectrum of neurocognitive deficit seen in children with congenital heart disease 
  • Detect and diagnose abnormalities on EKG and understand pacemaker settings 
  • Understand the challenges and benefits of heart transplantation 
  • Discuss the factors that contribute to our boundaries of  care and define when care is futile in the patient with congenital heart disease 
  • Describe the latest research in cardiology, surgery,  nursing, and perfusion in the science and clinical care of pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease