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ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Pediatric Heart & Lung Transplantation
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Palais des congrès de Montréal

CHAIRS:  Christian Benden, MD Debra Dodd, MD Kimberly Gandy, MD Daphne Hsu, MD

REGISTRATION: There are two ways to register for this Academy:

NOTE: You do NOT need to register for the Annual Meeting to attend the Academy.



This academy will provide a concise review of clinical knowledge and essential professional skills to facilitate the surgical and medical management of pediatric patients with advanced heart failure who are being assessed for and who have received a heart or lung transplant.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this meeting, participants will have improved competence and professional performance in the areas of:
1. Describing the evolution of pediatric heart and lung transplantation
2. Identifying the risk factors for survival following heart or lung transplantation in patients with congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy
3. Evaluating and managing children presenting with heart or lung failure
4. Completing a comprehensive evaluation and listing for pediatric heart or lung transplantation
5. Managing a pediatric patient awaiting heart or lung transplantation including the use of mechanical support
6. Evaluating a potential pediatric donor heart or lung
7. Managing a pediatric patient in the early post-operative period following heart or lung transplantation
8. Optimizing immunosuppression in children following heart or lung transplantation
9. Evaluating and treating rejection following pediatric heart or lung transplantation
10. Managing the co-morbidities of pediatric heart or lung transplantation

The course consists of focused presentations covering a broad array of topics for both inpatient and outpatient management with an emphasis on a practical approach to patient care, implementing best practices and clinical problem solving. The course will highlight particular areas of interest in pediatric heart and lung transplantation, including management of patients with congenital heart disease, ABO incompatible heart transplantation and antibody-mediated rejection in children. All lectures will be delivered by internationally recognized experts in the field of pediatric thoracic transplantation and include cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and transplant coordinators.

Audience participation and interaction with the faculty will be actively encouraged throughout the Academy with Case Studies with audience participation following each major topic and by limiting the enrollment to 200 participants.

The educational workforce of the Pediatric Transplant Council of the ISHLT is confident this will be the most comprehensive and valuable summary for practitioners in the field of pediatric heart and lung transplantation.


Accreditation Statement
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and allied health professionals.

Credit Designation Statement
ISHLT designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current guidelines state that participants in CME activities must be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the program content or a speaker's presentation. Planners, Faculty and Chairs participating in this meeting are required to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentations or service as Chair/Planner. These disclosures will be distributed at the meeting. Additionally, all speakers have been asked to verbally disclose at the start of their presentation if a product they are discussing is not labeled for the use under discussion or is still investigational.

Educational Goals
The educational goals of this activity are to provide a concise review of clinical knowledge and essential professional skills to facilitate best practice of surgical and medical aspects involved in the care of patients undergoing heart or lung transplantation, with an emphasis on patients with congenital heart disease.

Target Audience
While all members are invited to enroll, this course is primarily designed to be of benefit for clinicians and allied professionals who are in the early stages of their careers or who are in training, are part of a new program or desire an update on the current state of the field. The information presented is intended to provide a strong foundation of the overarching principles of pediatric transplantation, rather than as a detailed update for those who are already proficient in the field.