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44th Annual Cardiology Update

June 2-4, 2022
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC

Offering limited in-person* and virtual attendance

*In-person attendance will be offered on a 1st come, 1st serve basis

Program Overview

The management of patients with cardiac disease continues to evolve. The goal of this program is to provide the most current evidence-based diagnostic and treatment strategies for your patients. Related areas to cardiology will be covered such as management of hypertension, pulmonary embolus of cardiac patients and management of heart failure. The program structure will focus on case-based presentations including lectures, breakfast cases, panel discussions, and use of our audience response system to provide opportunities for all participants to interact with the conference faculty. This three day program in clinical cardiology is designed for the cardiologist, primary care physician, internist, practicing cardiovascular specialist, cardiovascular nurse and physician assistant. 

Conference Brochure

The faculty listing and agenda for the 44th Cardiology Update can be viewed on the conference brochure

Online Syllabus

In our efforts to “go green”, an online syllabus will be provided to all attendees. Information will be emailed to you prior to the conference so that you may download a copy. Internet connection will also be available in the meeting room.

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this Live Activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify predictors of sudden cardiac death, start an appropriate treatment plan, and appreciate the role of defibrillator therapy
  • Identify patients that would benefit from non-statin therapies
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of novel, non-statin therapies with patients
  • Feel comfortable prescribing certain non-statin therapies
  • Recognize when a referral to a lipid specialist might be beneficial
  • Review the most common clinical situations that suggest a complex (secondary) cause of hypertension
  • Recognize the screening tests to rule out complex (secondary) causes of hypertension and when to perform them
  • Discuss the work up and treatment of the more common complex (secondary) causes of hypertension
  • Assess cardiometabolic risk factors including lipids and other biomarkers of ASCVD risk
  • Interpret risk factors to better risk stratify patients
  • Develop strategies to better manage cardiometabolic risk factors to prevent ASCVD
  • Discuss what is Heart Failure
  • Recognize when is the right time to refer for Advanced Heart Failure therapy
  • Identify the AHF therapies that are available and how efficacious are they
  • Review the importance of clinical genetics in cardiovascular medicine
  • Recognize the difference between traditional uses of genetics and newer genomic screening
  • Discuss MUSC’s In Our DNA SC genomic screening program
  • Summarize relevant clinical trial results from the last two years
  • Determine optimal “matches” between patient phenotypes and novel therapies
  • Preview therapies in the pipeline
  • Feel confident ordering the most appropriate and cost effective initial tests in patients with suspected heart failure
  • Recognize the relative strengths and weaknesses of echocardiography, CT, MRI and nuclear imaging in the different types of heart failure
  • Use imaging to help guide therapy and improve prognosis in heart failure
  • Recognize how to choose the correct imaging study (Echo, CT, MRI)
  • Discuss the role of multimodality imaging in assessment of valve disease and planning for intervention;
  • Interpret Transthoracic Echocardiogram reports and when to pursue further imaging or urgent referrals
  • Order or coordinate appropriately-timed surveillance imaging for congenital heart disease patients to avoid gaps in care
  • Review late risks or sequelae of common types of unrepaired/repaired congenital heart disease that warrant imaging: “Shunts” (ASDs and VSDs), bicuspid aortic valve, pulmonary stenosis and Tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta
  • Identify strengths and limitations of Echo, CT, and/or MRI in common types of congenital heart disease

Credit Designation

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. 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.

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 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. PAs may receive a maximum of 14.00 AAPA Category 1 Credits for completing this activity.

CME MOC logoSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.00 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 Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 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 medical education activity, please call the Office of CME at 843-876-1925

Registration Fees

On or Before After
3/31/2022 3/31/2022

Physicians in Practice $575 $650
Other Healthcare Specialist  $475 $550

The registration fee are the same for in-person or virtual attendance

The fee for in-person attendance includes tuition, breaks, online syllabus, and certificates of attendance. The fee for live streaming the meeting includes tuition, online syllabus, and certificates of attendance.

No pre-registrations will be accepted after May 27, 2022 After this date, you must contact the Office of CME at 843-876-1925 to see if space is still available.  

Access to Recorded Presentations

The MUSC Office of CME, with the permission of each speaker, will be recording each presentation of the conference. The videos will be posted online after the conference and be available for those who are not able to live stream the entire conference. Viewing the videos will offer the same amount of CME credit and can be viewed for up to 14 days following the posting date. The non-refundable fee for this service is $100.00 and is only available to individuals registered for the conference. Access to the videos will be granted to attendees who purchase this option in advance of the conference.

Credit Designation: The Medical University of South Carolina designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for each video. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Cancellation

A refund will be made upon written request prior to May 2, 2022; however $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after May 2, 2022. We reserve the right to cancel the conference if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled 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 acknowledge and agree to this cancellation policy.

Hotel Information 

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 $199.00, 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 Monday, May 2, 2022; 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

Online Booking Code: CARDIOLOGY2

Parking: Valet parking at the hotel is available at $28++ 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.

Conference Registration

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

  • Online Registration Portal

  • Mail registration form with check made out to “Medical University of South Carolina” or credit card information to:      
    MUSC Office of CME      
    96 Jonathan Lucas Street, HE221A, MSC 754      
    Charleston, SC 29425

  • Call the CME Office to register (credit card payment only) at (843) 876-1925

  • Fax registration form (credit card payment only) to (843) 876-1931

  • Email registration form to

Pandemic Uncertainty

The lack of certainty about the future trajectory of the pandemic makes it difficult to make an informed decision about almost everything.  With this in mind, we have listed some key points to consider as you decide between the in-person registration and the virtual registration:

While masks are currently* not required, we encourage the use of masks for individuals at risk of complications from COVID-19, including older adults and individuals who are immunocompromised or who have pre-existing conditions. If a mask is worn, it should fit well around the nose and mouth. Cloth masks are not recommended unless they are covering a surgical mask underneath.

We will not be offering COVID testing onsite at the conference. If you are traveling internationally, please refer to the CDC Requirements for International Travelers prior to making your arrangements. For everyone flying to Charleston, we suggest purchasing travel insurance in the event your trip is cancelled.

* New mask mandates may be implemented in the future as indicated to protect the health of our community.