• Symposium on Congenital Coronary Anomalies 2013
  • Symposium Information

    About the Symposium

    The purpose of this Symposium is to provide a dedicated forum to discuss the diagnosis and management of patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA). The Symposium will address issues such as the most appropriate imaging modalities, identification of risk factors, different management strategies based on best available evidence, surgical techniques, and counseling of patients and families regarding treatment and exercise recommendations.

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of this Symposium, participants should be able to:

    • Accurately diagnose patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) and treat/manage patients based on best available evidence.
    • Utilize appropriate imaging modalities to identify AAOCA.
    • Identify risk factors associated with AAOCA that might indicate the need for surgical intervention.
    • Individualize exercise/sports activity recommendations for patients with AAOCA.
    • Discuss the different surgical techniques used to treat patients with AAOCA.
    • Manage patients with AAOCA based on best available evidence and clinical experience and counsel family members regarding decisions for their child. 

    Target Audience

    This activity is designed for specialists in pediatric cardiology and congenital cardiovascular surgery, adult congenital cardiologists, adult cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiovascular radiologists, advance practice providers, and other clinicians that care for patients with congenital coronary anomalies.

    Educational Methods and Evaluation

    Lecture | Case Study | Panel Discussion
    Evaluation by questionnaire will address program content, presentation and possible bias.

    Needs Statement

    Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) is a rare congenital heart defect that has been associated with coronary ischemia, myocardial infarction, and sudden death. Many patients with AAOCA are asymptomatic, with the diagnosis often an incidental finding. In symptomatic patients, the exact mechanism or mechanisms linking clinical manifestations to impairment of myocardial blood flow have been widely speculated and debated. There are controversies regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and long-term recommendations for patients with AAOCA, particularly for those who are asymptomatic, as well as routine screening for AAOCA. Currently, the risks and benefits of different management strategies are largely unconfirmed. Thus the assessment and management of patients with AAOCA is challenging. The Symposium will address issues such as the most appropriate imaging modalities, identification of risk factors, different management strategies based on best available evidence, surgical techniques, and counseling of patients and families regarding treatment and exercise recommendations.

    Accreditation/Credit Designation

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

    Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

    Disclosure Policy

    In order to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, it is the policy of Baylor College of Medicine that all individuals who are in a position to control the content of a CME activity (activity director, planning committee members and faculty) disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. All identified conflicts of interest are managed to help ensure that the educational material is scientifically based, accurate and objectively presented. Specific disclosure will be made to the participants prior to the educational activity.

    Notice: Faculty, topics, program schedule and credit are subject to change. Audio or videotaping is prohibited without written permission from the Activity Director and the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. 

    Fee, Registration and Confirmation

    Refer to the registration panel for the fee schedule. Your registration will not be processed until payment is received. If you have not received confirmation at least five business days before the activity start date, contact the OCME immediately.

    If you plan to register on-site, contact the OCME at least 24 hours in advance to confirm activity status and space availability. The OCME reserves the right to limit the number of participants in an activity and will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by an individual whose registration is not confirmed and for whom space is not available.

    To register/pay online, visit www.BaylorCME.org/CME/1481 and follow the instructions or complete the registration form and fax to 713-798-7955.

    Registration fee:

    Physicians (MD, DO) $250
    Advance practice providers $225
    Trainees $50
    STS/ACC members $200
    BCM/TCH affiliation $150

    Cancellation/Refund Policy

    Requests for registration refunds must be in writing and received by the OCME at least 10 business days before the activity begins. The date the request is received by the OCME will be considered the cancellation date. Requests received after the refund deadline will not be processed. Cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee deducted from the registration fee paid to cover guarantees and other expenses. Requests should be emailed to the OCME at cme@bcm.edu or faxed to 713-798-7955.

    The OCME reserves the right to cancel activities, not fewer than 10 business days before the scheduled date, if extenuating circumstances make it necessary. Registrants will be notified at the contact number indicated on the registration form followed by written notification. If an activity is cancelled, OCME's liability is limited to the registration fee paid.
    NOTE: If payment is made by check, a social security number is required to process the refund.

    For further information, contact:

    Baylor College of Medicine
    Office of Continuing Medical Education
    One Baylor Plaza, BCM155
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: 713-798-8237
    Fax: 713-798-7955
    Email: cme@bcm.edu  

    Visit BaylorCME.org for information about other Baylor College of Medicine CME activities. 

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