Cardiovascular Acute Care Essential Education Series


Guests: $699

Members: $499



12 CME



Course Description:

This 6-part course is designed to educate clinicians on cardiovascular acute care essentials. Whether a clinician is shifting from a cardiovascular practice to an acute care setting or is transitioning from primary care or another specialty to cardiology, this course will help them succeed. It was developed by Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC, a physician assistant and university instructor, and Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC, who has more than 30 years of clinical experience specializing in advanced imaging.

By the end of this course, you will earn a total of 12 CME credits. 

The course incorporates video, textbook, and online learning to cover these essential cardiovascular acute care topics:

  • Chest Pain Evaluation in Emergency Department
  • Managing AF in the ED or Hospital Setting
  • ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  • Non ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Acute Lower Extremity Ischemia

While this course is designed to take 6 weeks to complete, we understand that everyone will be working at their own pace. Please consult with your leadership to determine the optimal completion timeframe for you. Note that access to the content has been extended to 12 months after the start of the course due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Meet Your Instructor:

Ginger Biesbrock, PA-C, MPH, MPAS, AACC 

A respected executive, provider and teacher, Ginger Biesbrock has 25+ years of experience in the healthcare industry with a concentration in clinical care, operations and program leadership. Ginger has been an APP for 20 years, working in cardiology, urgent care and internal medicine. She has worked in acute care settings and also provided ambulatory services.



Areas of expertise include:

  • APP Utilization
  • Care Team Optimization
  • Transitions of Care, Readmission/Reduction Programs
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Multidisciplinary Clinics
  • Clinical Program Development and Transformation
  • Practice Operations
  • Alternative Payments and Clinical Programming

Instructor disclosures: Ginger Biesbrock and Jerry Blackwell

Students will need to have access to email; we will use email to send notifications and announcements.

The Methodology

Each weekly lesson has a 20-30 minute didactic video detailing the week’s focus followed by assigned reading and a quiz. 


This is a pass/fail course based on the completion of the 6-parts. This course can be done at the student’s own pace. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic each student will have a maximum of 12 months to complete the course material and the course evaluation in order to receive the CME credits and certificate of completion.


This live activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the International Institute for Continuing Medical Education and MedAxiom. The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., designates this enduring online activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Explanation of Course Credits:

Total CME Credit Value: 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Course Requirements

Provided Resources:
  • Electronic Links: ACC/AHA guidelines, Online Articles, Supporting Slides, Supporting Youtube Videos, PDF 
  • Optional Subscription: UpToDate - An Online Resource
    Note: This paid subscription and all corresponding readings are OPTIONAL but they are beneficial to reach optimal understanding of course material.


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