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Charleston HFpEF Conference: The Latest Knowledge on Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction

**Due to COVID-19, the conference has been postponed**

New dates to be announced soon

Conference Description

Target Audience

This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists, heart failure specialists, practicing cardiologists, cardiovascular advanced practice providers (NP or PA), internists, family physicians and critical care nurses.

Knowledge Gaps

There are now more patients who have Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) than those with reduced Ejection Fraction (HFrEF). Making the diagnosis of HFpEF is more challenging than HFrEF as many commonly used screening tools such as physical examination, echocardiography and measurement of natriuretic peptide levels are less sensitive and specific in this population. Most importantly, no therapies have yet been shown to improve major cardiovascular outcome (i.e. reductions in hospitalization rates or lower mortality). Several ongoing studies are evaluating novel treatments for this disorder.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize patients with HFpEF and understand pitfalls of the diagnosis
  • Describe the pathophysiology of HFpEF including characteristic hemodynamic alterations and the role of coexisting conditions (i.e., kidney, lung, metabolic, etc)
  • Apply rational decisions for diagnostic testing in patients with suspected HFpEF
  • Discuss currently available therapies for HFpEF
  • Identify potential new therapies for HFpEF and know how to select patients
  • Improve ability to practice “precision”, patient-centered medicine for patients with HFpEF
  • Interact with experts in small group discussion

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule can be found on the Charleston HFpEF Conference Agenda or by viewing the HFpEF Conference Brochure (PDF).

Conference Faculty

A full listing of the faculty for this conference is available on the Charleston HFpEF Conference Faculty page

Online Syllabus

The syllabus will be provided online during the conference, and for up to 30 days after the conference ends. Information will be emailed to you a few days prior to the conference so that you may download a copy.

Credit Designation

Physician Credit Statement

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: Application for Continuing Medical Education credits has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credits is pending.

Other Credit Statements

Nurses: Most states accept CMEs that apply to a specific nursing specialty as nursing continuing education. Please check with your respective State Board of Nursing to ascertain the equivalent number of contact hours offered for 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

PAs: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ and Prescribed credit from AAFP from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. The MUSC Office of CME provides certificates to PAs with a statement, approved by AAPA, that PAs may receive a maximum of 14.5 AAPA Category 1 Credits for this conference.

CME MOC logoSuccessful completion of this CME activity which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


In accordance with the ACCME Essentials & Standards, anyone involved in planning, presenting or moderating at this educational activity will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in the health care industry. This information will be made available to participants at the beginning of the activity. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be required to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


The Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing education activity, please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at (843) 876-1925, or attach a note to your registration.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Rates (On/Before May 31)

Physicians and PharmDs $299.00
Commercial and Biotech Partners $299.00
NP's, PA's, and RN's $199.00
Residents and Fellows (Non-MUSC) $99.00

Regular (After May 31)

Physicians and PharmDs $349.00
Commercial and Biotech Partners $349.00
NP's, PA's, and RN'S $249.00
Residents and Fellows (Non-MUSC) $99.00

MUSC Cardiology Faculty and Staff should call the Office of CME at 843-876-1925 to register.

Registration fee includes continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, electronic course syllabus, and credit processing.

No pre-registrations will be accepted after August 2, 2020. After this date, you must contact the MUSC Office of CME at 843-876-1925 to see if space is still available.  If space is still available you must register on-site. Note: There will be an increased rate for on-site registrations!

Registration Methods

(Please use ONE of these methods to register.  Do not mail if previously faxed or telephoned).

  1. Mail registration form with check made out to “Medical University of South Carolina” or credit card information to:
          Odessa Ussery, MUSC Office of CME
          96 Jonathan Lucas Street, HE221A, MSC 754
          Charleston, SC 29425
  2. Telephone: (843) 876-1925 – Registration by credit card only
  3. Fax (843) 876-1931 – Registration by credit card only
  4. Complete registration through the Online Registration Portal

Conference Cancellation

A refund will be made upon written request prior to July 7, 2020; however, $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after July 7, 2020. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for cancelled programs. The Medical University of South Carolina cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline or other transportation fares, hotel or rental car charges, including penalties. By registering for this conference, you agree to this cancellation policy.

Hotel Information 

The Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-0600

The Francis Marion Hotel, historic Charleston’s landmark full service hotel, is in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Located at Marion Square, the Francis Marion Hotel is only a few blocks from the Charleston Visitor’s Center, the South Carolina Aquarium, restaurants, boutiques, galleries, museums, antique shops and night life. The hotel offers valet parking, spa, concierge, retail shops and the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar.

Special group rates start at $209.00, plus tax, per night. A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved and are being offered on a first come, first serve basis. The room block will be held until Wednesday, July 8, 2020; however the room block will fill prior to this date. In such a case, neither the group rate nor guest room availability can be guaranteed. Therefore, we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 843-722-0600 or 877-756-2121 and identifying yourself as being a participant in this conference, or by following the online directions below.

To make online reservations, please visit the Francis Marion Online Reservation Portal. 

Online Booking Code: HEART20

Parking: Valet parking at the hotel is available at $25++ per day for overnight guests and can be added to your guest folio. In addition, self-parking is available at $20.00 per day, which must be paid directly to the parking garage in cash, MasterCard or Visa. Pricing is subject to change.