If You See Patients With Infective Endocarditis, Don’t Miss This CME

Our ‘Multidisciplinary Master Class’ is back by popular demand

To treat infective endocarditis, it takes a village — or at least a multidisciplinary medical team. Specialists in infectious disease, cardiology, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, neurology, pathology, behavioral health and other disciplines often must work together to achieve a successful outcome.

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In 2018, Cleveland Clinic first convened providers in these fields for an unprecedented comprehensive CME event on endocarditis. They’ll do it again Thursday and Friday, May 14-15, 2020. The 2nd Multidisciplinary Master Class in Endocarditis and Other Cardiovascular Infections will be hosted at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.

“Every aspect of infective endocarditis — diagnosis, medical management, management of complications, and surgery — is difficult,” says course co-director Gösta Pettersson, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. “Because this condition can be fatal, a medical team must act promptly and decisively. This symposium will prepare providers to do that, regardless of their specialty.”

Comprehensive content

The two-day deep dive into endocarditis and other cardiovascular infections will cover:

  • Pathology, histopathology and other basics
  • Diagnosis
  • Medical management and indications for surgery
  • Complications, including risk and management of neurological and other embolic complications
  • Surgery
  • Cardiac device-related infections
  • Aortic infections

“We will cover all relevant aspects of the disease,” says course co-director Brian Griffin, MD, Cleveland Clinic’s Section Head of Cardiovascular Imaging. “We’re even planning a ‘Miscellaneous Topics’ session to ensure that nothing gets overlooked.”

By the end of the event, attendees will have a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of infective endocarditis, as well as medical management approaches, surgical options and strategies for treating neurologic and other complications, he adds.

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Quick-hitting sessions

Sessions will be focused and quick-hitting, some as brief as 10 minutes, none longer than 30 minutes.

In addition to short talks by experts, sessions will include case studies and panel discussions. During a special lunch presentation on Thursday, May 14, two presenters will debate antibiotic prophylaxis: Are current guidelines sufficient, or should they be changed? And during lunch on Friday, May 15, an expert panel, a patient and a special guest will explore the association between infective endocarditis and opioid misuse.

Faculty with wide-ranging expertise

This breadth of content requires faculty with wide-ranging expertise, notes course co-director Steven Gordon, MD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Infectious Disease

“More than 40 Cleveland Clinic experts in at least a dozen clinical specialty areas — including cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, infectious disease, pathology and behavioral health — will present,” says Dr. Gordon. “We also will welcome guest faculty from other leading medical centers in the U.S. and around the world, including Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea, and The Heart Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark.”

Submit your abstract for the poster session

Posters on endocarditis and related topics will be on display during the event. A moderated poster session is held Thursday evening.

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Submit your scientific abstract for consideration by March 31, 2020. Previously presented and published work is welcome. If your abstract is accepted, the presenting author will receive complimentary registration for the symposium.

“Nowhere will you find a gathering this large to discuss cardiovascular infection in its entirety,” says course co-director Paul Cremer, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Cardiovascular Imaging.

“Various techniques to repair or reconstruct infected valves will be demonstrated,” adds course co-director Shinya Unai, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. “These will be helpful not only for surgeons but for nonsurgical specialists, for a deeper understanding of the pathology. We are happy to share our personal tips and pitfalls that you will not be able to find in journals or online videos.”

For more details and registration, visit ccfcme.org/endocarditis20.

This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.