Course type: Online; Self-Paced
Duration: Available for 2 months
Time required: Up to 1 hour per module
Target Audience: Residents and Professionals
About this course
The American College of Cardiology Simulation Work Group provided the content for this immersive online course in cardiovascular disease, that focuses on improving clinical problem-solving skills through virtual patient cases. Use these guideline-based scenarios to improve your patient care.
Medical simulation education in cardiovascular disease is a powerful tool to engage learners, advance clinical skills and address educational gaps. The Critical Decisions in Cardiology program is designed to immerse medical professionals in clinical case scenarios, that help hone their skills and ultimately provide better patient care by using high-tech, case-based simulation platforms.
- 9 Modules
The course consists of 9 modules, each one containing a clinical scenario that can be attempted up to 3 times.
- Online, Self-paced
You have up to 2 months to complete the 9 modules at your own pace. The course can be accessed through Body Interact at any time.
- Certificate of Completion
After completing the course, you will be given a Certificate of Completion that can be added to your CV.
What you will learn:
Through the 9 clinical cases in this online course, learners will be able to do the following upon completion:
- Identify the fundamental approach to patients with unrepaired atrial septal defect
- Be familiarized with updated guidelines for the management of chronic systolic heart failure.
- Recognize clinical features and provide medical stabilization for individuals with acute mitral regurgitation.
- Identify and manage effects of a decline in systemic vascular resistance in the setting of PAH.
- Proceed with evidence-based management of thromboembolism risk in an atrial fibrillation (AF) outpatient.
- Recognize and treat a patient with an acute exacerbation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and initiate appropriate guideline-based chronic management.
- Plus more!
Meet the Clinical Reviewers
The American College of Cardiology in conjunction with Body Interact have developed this course utilising Body Interact’s advanced medical simulation technology.
Jason Linefsky, MD, FACC
Matthew Martinez, MD, FACC
Michael T Spooner, MD, FACC
Keri Shafer, MD, FACC
Sohah Iqbal, MD, FACC
In each clinical scenario you can have a dialogue with the patient, do a complete physical examination, ask for diagnostic tests, perform interventions and administer medications in real time
Scenario context: Maria looked well until a few days ago. She has been more tired lately, today she felt palpitations and decided to call the emergency unit.
Scenario context: Mr. Griffith’s quality of life has been slowly eroding during the past few years due to his heart condition. It all started with a sudden heart disease that progresses by reducing his heart function. In Module 2 you receive Mr. Griffith for a first of several visits to monitor his health status.
Scenario context: Mrs. Stringer became suddenly short of breath a few hours ago, progressively getting harder to breathe so she called 911.
Scenario context: Mr. Stephenson has been feeling palpitations and increasing shortness of breath for the past two weeks. He started sleeping in a chair a week ago. Yesterday, he could barely walk across the room before he has to stop and catch his breath. Today, he’s just short of breath all the time.
Scenario context: Mrs. Jameson was running a half marathon when she suddenly began feeling her heart rate accelerate. She started to feel dizzy and had to stop running the race. She was taken to the medical tent and found to have a high pulse. IV saline was infused and she was sent to the local ED. She has mild chest discomfort.
Scenario context: Mr. Smith reports he was getting more short of breath while walking across the room and had to sleep in a recliner. He has gained considerable weight over the past 3 weeks. He was noting a little chest pressure yesterday which has resolved. He continues to be substantially short of breath.
Scenario context: Mrs. Johnson has been feeling poorly for the past several months. She just doesn’t have the same level of energy as what she had before. She can’t mow the lawn anymore without stopping lots of times for breaks – this just isn’t like her.
Scenario context: Mrs. Johnson is a 52-year-old lady who has had to slow down in the last three years quitting her job as a visiting nurse. She lives alone and is able to manage with help from her daughter. She was feeling well until yesterday. She has had nausea and vomiting for a day and appears quite unwell.
Scenario context: Mr. Emerson is a 53-year-old man who works full time doing manual labor at an import company. He is a hard worker. He lives with his wife and manages all of his daily affairs without difficulty.
Why learners love this course
"It was a phenomenal experience. I was unaware of this simulation experiences and it actually helps us a lot in medicine. We experience this cases in real life and it did feel like I was in the ER."José Henao, MD
"In Body Interact I really felt the rush, the urgency and this is something that all residents should go through. I wish I had it when I was a resident."Sokol Kalaveshi, MD
"The most important message I take is: I need more of this experiences to learn. It really allows us, residents or doctors continuous, to have opportunities to save more lives and change things."Hanna Campbell, MD
"It makes me go to the basics, like step 1, step 2, step 3 when you assess a patient, diagnose, and treat. The interaction and the response are very real and you have to be really quick."Sokol Kalaveshi, MD
"It doesn't convert 100% to reality but it is as closes as you can get without actually injuring somebody for real. You learn from your own experience and I think this was a great opportunity. It was a lot of fun!"José Henao, MD