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2020 Cath Lab and EP Essentials CME Conference

The Society of Invasive Cardiac Professionals recommends periodic updates on current and new catheterization lab techniques and equipment. The UCI Health Cath Lab Essentials Program was created to further knowledge in this dynamic and changing field.

More UCI faculty speakers will participate in our 2020 program, allowing for an expanded topics list. Catheterization lab nurses and staff will receive updates on:

  • Procedure techniques
  • Basic hemodynamics
  • ECG interpretations
  • Use of pacemakers and automated implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs)
  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • Angiography
  • Novel interventional procedures
  • Devices and electrophysiology

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Where: Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Time: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Registration fees

  • $110 — Non-UCI employees
  • $90 — UCI employees
  • $60 — Trainees and students
  • $130 — Day of event registration

Register online 

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Time Topic and Speaker
7:30-7:55 a.m. Registration with Breakfast/Meet and Greet Faculty
7:55-8 a.m. Welcome Remarks - Morton Kern, MD and Pranav Patel, MD
8-8:30 a.m. Patient Safety in the Cath Lab:  The Importance of Teamwork and Timeout - Arnold Seto, MD
8:30-9 a.m. The Essentials of Coronary Angiography:  What You Need to Know - Morton Kern, MD
9-9:30 a.m. Update in Ablation and Management of Atrial Fibrillation - Rajesh Banker, MD
9:30-10 a.m. Peripheral Artery Disease:  Diagnosis and Management - Pranav Patel, MD
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-10:55 a.m.          Complex EP and Cath Case Review and Complications - Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, Pranav Patel, MD, David Donaldson, MD
10:55-11:15 a.m. Mitral Regurgitation – Scope of Problem and Landscape of TMVR - Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD
11:15-11:45 a.m. The Essentials of Ventricular Tachycardia: Diagnosis and Treatment - David Donaldson, MD
11:45-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1 p.m. FFR, IFR and CFR: How do they help in the Cath Lab - Morton Kern, MD
1-1:40 p.m. Advanced Heart Failure and Left Ventricular Assist Devices - Dawn Lombardo, DO
1:40-2:10 p.m. New and Future Technology in Electrophysiology - Michael Rochon-Duck, MD
2:10-2:35 p.m. Complexities of TAVR - Ihab Alomari, MD
2:35-3 p.m. EP and Cath Case Review and Complications: Presentations from Cath Lab Staff and Physicians
Ihab Alomari, MD, Michael Rochon-Duck, MD, Morton Kern, MD
3 p.m. Adjourn

Faculty bios

Ihab Alomari, MD Dipti Itchhaporia, MD
Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD                                 Morton Kern, MD
Rajesh Banker, MD Pranav Patel, MD  
Michael Rochon-Duck, MD Arnold Seto, MD                 

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)


For questions or more information regarding the event, please contact Lesley Anderson at 714-456-3868 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 6.5 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 AB 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at www.cme.uci.edu