American College of Phlebology Courses Provide Comprehensive Education for CME Credits

by Pamela Beaton

While the ACP is known for its live courses, its membership has asked for online CME, and the ACP has responded.

The ACP has implemented an online learning management system (LMS) to be able to provide online CME and CE for physicians, nurses, RPhS and other healthcare professionals who are interested in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. There are a number of CME activities already in the works, including “Great Debates in Sclerotherapy” (the morning sessions from the Comprehensive Sclerotherapy Symposium), as well as a recording of the Annual Congress. Other types of online activities include Journal CME, Case Studies, and APBh MOC Self- Assessment Modules. Content will consist of topics that have been identified as being needed by the ACP membership and other learners.

Although the American College of Phlebology’s Annual Congress is the largest educational conference that the ACP offers, now that the ACP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) credits, they are able to offer more educational opportunities to its members and other health care professionals treating venous disease. The following information provides a recap of recent educational opportunities so that you can align your educational needs with future educational opportunities provided by the ACP.

On Friday, February 11, 2011, the American College of Phlebology held the “Ultrasound for Patients with Venous Disease - Advanced Skills Course” in Dallas, Texas. Its focus was improving the diagnostic ultrasound proficiencies of attendees, including the overall evaluation of advanced cases and delivery of appropriate treatment plans for these patients.

ACP panel

Led by Program Chair Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhs, faculty included: Nick Morrison, MD , FACS, FACPh; Barbara Pohle- Schulze, RVT, RDMS, RDCS, RPhs; Melvin Rosenblatt, MD, FACPh; and Joseph Zygmunt, RVT, RPhs. The education included panel discussions, case studies and lectures with simultaneous live patient duplex demonstrations. Specifics of the various formats included duplex scanning of perforating veins, pelvic anatomy and venous disease processes, advanced hemodynamic concepts of duplex ultrasound, and vascular malformations.

New courses for ACP

On Saturday, the ACP presented a course designed for professionals taking the RPhS exam - the “Phlebology Ultrasound Credential Review Course.” Led by Program Chair Stephanie Dentoni, MD, faculty included: Amjad Almahameed, MD; Linda Antonucci, RVT, RDC S; Andrea Brennan, OTR /L, CLT-LANA, DA PWCA ; Frank Miele, MSEE; and Eric Mowatt-Larssen, MD, RPhs. This course addressed the major content of the CCI registry review outline in order to prepare individuals who will be taking the registry exam to pass and obtain the credential of RPhS. This is the only course available that prepares you for this content.

Also on Saturday, the ACP presented the “Nursing Sclerotherapy Course,” which ran concurrent with the RPhS review course. This course was led by Program Chair Terri Morrison, RN, BS. Faculty included: Andrea Brennan, OTR /L, CLT-LANA, DAPWCA; Catherine Burdge, APRN; Terri Harper, RN, BSN NP, CVN; Joyce Jackson, MSN, APRN, BC; Janice Moreno, BSN; Diana Neuhardt, RVT, RPhS; Mary Sieggreen, MSN, RN, CS; and Joseph Zygmunt, RVT, RPhS. In addition to a detailed look at sclerotherapy for the nurse, topics included complications and interventions in leg ulcers, lymphedema and postsclerotherapy compression.

On May 21, 2011, the ACP presented the “Comprehensive Sclerotherapy Symposium” in New Orleans, Louisiana. Led by Program Chair Neil Khilnani, MD, FACPh, faculty included: Steven M. Elias, MD, FACS, FACPh; Mark Isaacs, MD, FACPh, FAAFP; Ted King, MD, FAAFP, FACPh, Edward M. Mackay, MD, FACS; John Mauriello, MD, FACPh; and Nick Morrison, MD, FACS, FACh. This course included principles of treatment, technique spotlights, and hands-on opportunities.

Please visit the ACP’s website for upcoming live and online course opportunities here. ACP also encourages members and non-members to submit educational topics for consideration. If you would like to submit a topic for online education, please email [email protected].