Claim your CME/Nursing Contact Hours by clicking here.

Note: Credit has not been issued until you see an electronic certificate with your name on it.

A reminder regarding evaluations with more detailed directions will also be emailed to participants. Important things to note:

–      The evaluation period will close January 8, 2018.

–      Credit/certificates will not be available after this date. 

–      If you do not receive the directions within 10 days after the meeting has ended, immediately contact

–      Even if you do not need credit, we still ask you to complete an evaluation!



  • Describe international trends in practice related to the care of children with critical congenital heart disease.
  • Analyze innovative approaches to care delivery for children with heart disease in a variety of clinical and geographical settings.


Development of Drugs and Devices – From Conception to Market 

  • Describe logistical and regulatory challenges faced when developing/evaluating a new treatment for children with critical congenital heart disease.
  • To compare and contrast differences in therapeutic development between medical/drug and medical devices for children with critical congenital heart disease.

Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

  • Identify how technology and next generation computing may impact patient care in the CICU and CICU  research in the future.            
  • Describe the challenges and benefits of fundraising and device research in the current fast-paced technology world.
  • Identify how patient post hospital management, fundraising for research, and device development are all  interacting with new software or hardware platforms.

Challenging Cases, Unique Dilemmas & Novel Intervention

  • Describe novel and resourceful approaches to rare, high risk presentations of critical congenital heart disease.

A Society without Borders – Engaging the World

  • Identify varying approaches to education delivery adaptable to various clinical and socioeconomic environments. 
  • Contrast different teaching tools and benefits of each.

If You Weren’t Born with One, We will Build You One – MCS in Single Ventricle Patients (Advanced Strategies for the Failing Fontan)

  • Describe clinical challenges with supporting the failing single ventricle.
  • Review novel techniques emerging for mechanical support of the single ventricle circulation.

Beyond the Hunger Games –CICU as the Ultimate Team Sport

  •  Describe the use of simulation to improve team performance.
  •  Recognize how team performance is perceived by the patient and family.
  •  Develop strategies for the CICU team to be morally resilient within a morally distressing environment.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Cincinnati Children’s and PCICS. Cincinnati Children’s is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cincinnati Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 (Wednesday preconference – 2.75, Thursday – 7.75 hrs; Friday – 5.0 hrs) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Up to 15.2 contact hours (Wednesday preconference 2.6, Thursday – 7.6 hrs; Friday – 5.0 hrs.) will be awarded to nurses who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation tool. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-046, 9/1/2018).

Commercial Support/Exhibit Acknowledgement

Please see “Program at a Glance” Materials for full acknowledgement and under the “exhibitors and sponsors” tab on the mobile meeting guide.

Commercial Support:  Laederal, in-kind donation (equipment). 

Faculty and Planning Committee Financial Disclosure Information

Please see disclosure information for faculty under the “Faculty and Disclosure” tab on the mobile meeting guide.

All planning committee members were determined to have no relevant financial relationships.

Disclosure:  The following committee member/faculty has indicated commercial support relationship(s):  Dr. Peta Alexander: Contracted Research-Novartis AG; Dr. Paul Checchia: Grant recipient-AstraZeneca, Consulting Fee-Abbott Laboratories; Dr. David Cooper: Speakers Bureau-Mallinckrodt, Inc.; Dr. Allen Everett: Receipt of Intellectual Property Rights/Patent Holder-Immunarray; Dr. Alan Fraisse: Consulting Fee-St. Jude Medical, Inc., Consulting Fee-Abbott Laboratories; Dr. James Kirklin: Fees for Non-CE Services Received Directly from a Commercial Interest or its Agent-Xeltis; Dr. John Mayer: Consulting Fee-Medtronic, Inc.; Dr. Ravi Thiagarajan: Consulting Fee-Bristol-Myers Squibb, Consulting Fee-Pfizer, Inc.  All identified conflicts of interest pertaining to this activity were resolved prior to the activity. Remaining committee/faculty identified no pertinent conflicts.                                                 

Educational Gap: Physicians and other health professionals who care for children with congenital and critical heart disease internationally face challenges across varying clinical and socioeconomic settings. Practitioners need exposure to multiple care delivery models, novel science and an opportunity to address clinical challenges from around the world. PCICS is the only meeting dedicated to education, care and research for children with critical heart disease.

Evaluation and Credit Instructions:


To receive continuing education credits and/or a certificate of attendance, a participant MUST:

  • Pickup name badge
  • Complete an electronic evaluation at the end of the conference (or the last day attended)

Even if you do not need credit, we still ask you to complete an evaluation to help make program improvements!

Credit Hours

If you are not able to stay for the entire conference, please use the following to determine the number of hours to claim:


Each learning session includes 5 minutes of evaluation time.

You must attend each full day to receive credit.  No partial credit will be awarded.

Physicians (CME) & Certificate of Attendance:

15-19 min – 0.25          20-34 min – 0.50             35-49 min – 0.75         50-64 min – 1.00    65-79 min - 1.25


When choosing your certificate, please use the following guidelines to select the correct certificate:
Physicians:  choose - "AMA PRA Category 1"

Nurses:  choose – “Nursing”
All Others:  choose - "CME Non-Physician (Attendance)"

To claim credit and print/save your certificate, please click the evaluation link (Click here).  Please read all instructions before clicking the link.

  1.  You will be automatically directed to the Cincinnati Children’s CME/CE database portal.
  2.  If you are not logged-in, enter the email address and password associated with your Cincinnati Children's CME/CE database account.  If you do not have an account, click the “Don’t have an account?” button and complete all information, then click submit.  You will be taken back to the login screen.  Enter your email address and password, then click login.
  3.  Select the credit you would like to receive.
  4.  Enter the amount of credit you are claiming.
  5.  Complete the evaluation and click ‘Submit’.
  6.  Credit has been awarded.  You will be returned to the ‘Evaluations & Certificates’ area.
  7.  To view, print, or save the certificate, click the ‘Download Certificate’ button.

If you have any questions, contact the Cincinnati Children's CME office at or 513-636-6732.




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