The HFSA Virtual Board Certification Review 2020 will be comprised of renowned heart failure experts presenting curriculum that has been tailored to the actual ABIM examination. Presentations will be augmented by board-review type questions using an audience response system, providing an interactive experience for attendees. The course will take place over three (3) days (July 24, July 31, August 1) and include pre-recorded ondemand webinars. 

  • Co-Chairs: Akshay Desai, MD, MPH, FHFSA; Jonathan Rich, MD, FHFSA; Nancy Sweitzer, MD, PhD, FHFSA 
Program Components

The program will be made up of the following components to allow attendees greater access to the content.

Pre-Recorded Webinar Series: Heart Failure Fundamentals

Available in early July, this pre-recorded, ondemand webinar series features the basics and can be completed at the attendee's convenience.

Livestream Sessions

Three, non-consecutive days of livestreamed sessions (July 24, July 31, August 1) delivered by top experts in the field. Attendees should anticipate being online throughout to receive maximum value from these live sessions. Explore full agenda below!

Faculty "Office Hours"

Post-meeting, virtual livestream Q&A panel taking place in September to allow attendees to ask last-minute questions prior to the examination in October.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the activity, participants will demonstrate improved competence and ability to: 

For the Certification Examination in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology:

  1. Identify gaps in knowledge about advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology
  2. Focus study efforts on filling identified knowledge gaps
  3. Practice for the certification examination with ABIM-style multiple-choice test questions

For Clinical Practice:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of heart failure, including environmental factors, and implement strategies for the prevention of heart failure
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of heart failure, including normal physiology and compensatory and maladaptive mechanisms
  3. Assess and follow the patient with acute or advanced heart failure, using non-invasive and invasive tests and biomarkers.
  4. Implement guideline-based therapy for patients with chronic heart failure, including pharmacologic agents; non-pharmacologic options, such as diet and exercise; and implantable devices
  5. Implement appropriate care strategies for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with pulmonary hypertension, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or cardiorenal syndrome.
  6. Manage comorbidities in patients with chronic heart failure, including sleep disordered breathing, anemia, and depression
  7. Implement strategies for effective disease management of the patient with advanced heart failure, including palliative care and transition to outpatient care
  8. Provide peri-operative management of heart failure patients undergoing cardiac transplantation or implantation of a mechanical circulatory device

Concise presentations by national experts will focus on blueprint content and will be augmented by board-reviewtype questions posed using an audience-response system.

OnDemand Webinar Series: Heart Failure Fundamentals

Each webinar is 30 minutes in length. This series will be available to all registered attendees in early July, and will be available ondemand to be completed at the attendee's convenience.


Heart Failure Epidemiology and Risk Factors      Sadiya Kahn
Pathophysiology I: Cellular and Energetic Considerations Daniel Burkhoff
Pathophysiology II: Hemodynamic, Structural, and Neurohormonal Considerations Daniel Burkhoff
Diagnosis and Clinical Assessment Mark Drazner
Device Therapy in Heart Failure Liviu Klein
Cardio-Oncology for the HF boards Anju Nohria
Clinico-Pathologic Correlates in Heart Failure/ Images for the Heart Failure Boards Jon Lomasney 
Virtual Livestream Details

These sessions will be livestreamed on the following days: July 24, July 31, August 1. Scroll down to see the full agenda, and look below for the basic outline on days and topics. Attendees will be able to download session slides during the meeting. Attendees should anticipate being online for the full sessions outlined under the Livestream Sessions to maximize their learning potential. However, if a livestream session must be missed due to other circumstances, all livestream sessions will be available for attendees to download and access approximately two weeks after the meeting concludes on August 1.

All sessions below are listed in Eastern Standard Time.                                                                                                                                       




Livestream Times




Day #1 | Friday, July 24


3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

  • Cardiac Transplantation
Day #2 | Friday, July 31   11:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
  • Keys in HF Management
  • Specific HF Syndromes
Day #3 | Saturday, August 1 11:00 AM – 5:45 PM EST
  • Shock/MCS
  • Special Topics in HF
Faculty "Office Hours"

Post-meeting, virtual livestream Q&A panel taking place in September to allow attendees to ask last-minute questions prior to the examination in October. Faculty "Office Hours" will be live; therefore, attendees are encouraged to be available during these hours to engage in Q&A as final prep for the exam. More information coming soon.

Additional Bonus Features

In addition to the core program components, attendees will have access to the following: 

  • A question bank
  • Recommended reading list
  • Live polling, Q&A, and chat features available during the livestream days
  • Chat with fellow attendees and faculty throughout the course of the meeting

Virtual Livestream Agenda

All sessions are listed in Eastern Standard Time.                                                                                                                                       

03:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Welcome and HFSA Introduction 

Program Chairs

John Barnes, HFSA CEO

03:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Advanced Heart Failure: Defining the Phenotype and Patient Selection for Advanced Therapies

Nancy Sweitzer

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Immunology: The Basics, PRA, Sensitization, Crossmatch

Sean Pinney

04:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Rejection: Cellular and Antibody Mediated

Sean Pinney

05:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Managing Immunosuppression and Drugs

Michelle Kittleson

05:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Heart Transplant, Clinical Outcomes and Complications

Michelle Kittleson

11:00 am - 11:30 am


Program Chairs

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Hemodynamics in HF I

James Fang

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Hemodynamics in HF II

James Fang

12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

Drug Therapy for Chronic HF I: Focus on established therapies (ACE/ARB/Beta-blocker/MRA/Digoxin/Hydralazine+Nitrates)

Clyde Yancy

01:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Drug Therapy for Chronic HF II: Focus on newer therapies (Sacubitril/Valsartan, Ivabradine, SGLT2 inhibitors)

Mark Drazner

01:30 pm - 01:45 pm


01:45 pm - 02:15 pm

HFpEF: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Management (for the boards)

Sanjiv Shah

02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

Management of the Hospitalized HF Patient

Meredith Brisco-Bacik

02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

Management of Common Arrhythmias in HF (including AF)

Liviu Klein

03:15 pm - 03:45 pm

Management of Comorbidities in Heart Failure

Meredith Brisco-Bacik

03:45 pm - 04:00 pm


04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Specific Etiologies of HF I: Common Etiologies (CAD, ETOH, Peripartum, Myocarditis)

Akshay Desai

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Welcome and Q&A

Program Chairs

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Cardiogenic Shock Management

Nancy Sweitzer

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

MCS I: Durable MCS Devices and Outcomes

Joseph Rogers

12:30 pm - 01:00 pm

MCS II: Temporary Support Devices and ECMO for the Boards

Jennifer Cowger

01:00 pm - 01:30 pm

MCS III: MCS Complications and Patient Management

Jennifer Cowger

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm

MCS IV: Troubleshooting (with HARVI)

Daniel Burkhoff, Jennifer Cowger, Joseph Rogers, Nancy Sweitzer

02:30 pm - 02:45 pm


02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

Assessment of Functional Capacity including cardiopulmonary exercise testing

Gregory Lewis

03:15 pm - 03:45 pm

Adult Congenital Heart Disease for the HF Specialist

Eric Krieger

03:45 pm - 04:15 pm

Issues in Chronic HF Disease Management (Biomarkers, Remote Monitoring, Lifestyle Interventions)

Akshay Desai

04:15 pm - 04:45 pm

Management of Valvular Heart Disease in Heart Failure (including functional MR, low gradient AS, tricuspid regurgitation)

Jane Wilcox

04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

Pulmonary Hypertension

Jonathan Rich

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

Q&A - Overview

Program Chairs