Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Texas Heart Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Estimated Study Time
The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials and completion of the course assessment is 1-1/4 hours.
If you previously completed and received credit for the live CME-sponsored symposium entitled 9th Current Trends in Aortic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Interventions, on April 26-27, 2013, please note that you will not receive credit for completing this activity. Participants who take part in an identical activity, even in order to validate learning or to clarify specific topics, cannot claim, nor will the Texas Heart Institute award, duplicate credit for the activity.
Disclosure of Relationships
It is the intent of the Texas Heart Institute to ensure that its educational mission and its continuing medical activities in particular, should not be influenced by the special interests of individuals associated with its program.
In accordance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, everyone in a position to control content (faculty, planners, reviewers, others who control content including their spouse/partner) has disclosed to Texas Heart Institute their relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. The Institute defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships of the individual (including those of the individual's spouse or partner) in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The ACCME defines "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.
Tirone E. David, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program.
Nicholas Kouchoukos, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program.
Craig R. Smith, MD has nothing to disclose relevant to this program.
The THI CME Staff have nothing to disclose.
The Program Reviewers have nothing to disclose.
The Planning Committee members Alan Stolz, Scott Weldon, and Zvonimir Krajcer, MD have nothing to disclose.
Joseph S. Coselli, MD receives consulting fees/honoraria from Vascutek Terumo and Medtronic, Inc; receives research grants from Vascutek Terumo, Cook, Inc, Medtronic, and WL Gore & Associates; receives royalties from Vascutek Terumo; and is an advisory board member for W.L. Gore. Scott A. LeMaire, MD receives consulting fees/honoraria from Medtronic and is a trial co-investigator for W.L. Gore and Cook.