This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 9.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Approval is valid from 8/9/2021 to 8/9/2022 . PAs and NPs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-203225.
I wasn't sure if I would get my money's worth from this EKG Mastery course or if it would cover things at the right level for me.
However, my expectations have been greatly surpassed!
Not only have I solidified things that I already knew at a surface level but did not understand well enough, but I've also learned multiple new things!
Completing this course has allowed me to become more confident in reading EKGs as well as heart monitors and stress tests.
I highly recommend this course to all PAs and to PA students interested in cardiology!
Being a clinician can be scary, overwhelming, and daunting...
As a new grad, I remember having a 38 year old male patient who came in for chest “discomfort" x 1 day.
Right away my mind started racing with every differential I knew: ACS, angina, cocaine, pulmonary embolism, anxiety, GERD, and the list went on and on…
But, I knew one thing for sure...
Regardless of the differential, I should probably get an EKG. So, that’s exactly what I did.
As I “methodically” read the EKG, I stumbled upon a Q wave in lead III.
Oh, no I thought…this guy had a heart attack!
I went back in the room and started to focus my questions to make the diagnosis of a myocardial infarction fit. It's important to know that tunnel vision can get you in trouble. You don't want to ask leading questions, just to make your differential correct (live and learn).
After my conversation, like the smart clinician I was (not), I told him I thought he had a heart attack.
Needless to say, he freaked out.
I left the room to call my boss to ask him what I should do next. The first thing he said was, "take a deep breath".
The second thing he asked me was, “how does he look? Does he look sick?”
Actually, no. He seemed fine and was joking with the MA.
In fact, the entire bases for thinking the patient had an MI was an isolated q wave in lead III.
I didn't see any ST elevation, ST depression, or T wave inversion.
As I came to learn, q waves don’t always signify infarction or even pathology.
Unfortunately, this is something I had to learn the hard way. I made many mistakes early on, when it came to reading the EKG and managing my patients.
The EKG is cheap, quick, and non-invasive, making it one of the most commonly ordered tests.
Every time I had to order an EKG as a new graduate, the anxiety would kick in. The last thing I wanted to do was miss something that could potentially cause harm to my patient.
But, it wasn't something I had a lot of experience doing. Sure, I ordered and read them during my rotations, but I was never taught in depth. The nuances of the EKG were never truly clear for me.
The problem is no one had time to spend 16 hours with me, to ensure mastery (we have the time). So, I was left to my own devices...
This meant learning through textbooks.
But, the problem with most textbooks, is that they don't truly provide much guidance, and it's hard to decipher what is important vs what isn't. Most books I found to be either overly simplistic or overly complicated.
That's why we created our brand new course: EKG Mastery.
This the most comprehensive EKG review on the market. The training is led by Dr. Judy Finney who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology.
You can be sure you'll feel confident after 16 hours of video/audio training, 163 pages of written transcripts, and easy to consume summaries for a quick recap of the important details.
Our program is packed with real world experience, by someone who's seen thousands of EKG's in their career. The goal is to have you feeling confident reading EKG's, so that you can better provide for the patient in front of you.
I absolutely love the EKG mastery course. You get a little bit of EKG training in PA school and they tell you to read all the different EKG books, but it’s still so difficult to grasp interpreting EKG’s. Then, in clinical year, it’s usually too busy for a preceptor to sit down and walk you through an EKG, fully.
However, interpreting EKG’s is something you do in so many settings from outpatient primary care or urgent care to inpatient. It’s an integral skill.
The EKG mastery course really walks you through, step by step, in digestible pieces. It lays the foundation and then builds onto the foundation. I not only learned how to interpret EKG’s, but I’m so much faster at reading them, and I’m not falling behind anymore in clinic.
- Pooja Sitapara PA-S
Your instructor for the program is Judy Finney M.D., who graduated from the Michigan State University School of Medicine in the top 5% of her class.
She did her residency in internal medicine with Michigan State University Clinical Center and did a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Ingham Regional Medical Center.
She also taught at Midwestern University School of Medicine.
From 2001 - 2008 she was a clinical professor taking on one student at a time during their 3rd year clinical cardiology rotation to really help them excel.
During that time, she also taught EKGs, Heart Sounds, and Murmurs to everyone in their cardiology rotation.
From 2008-2011 Dr. Finney was assistant professor for the school of Medicine. During this time she re-wrote all objectives for the internal medicine rotation and created a database of questions they could use for testing during the internal medicine rotation.
Lastly, she ran case-based small group sessions, for the 3rd and 4th year students, taught a 10 week EKG elective course, and did 1:1 tutoring to help low performing students pass.
In other words, she knows how take a student from novice to master.
- Why you shouldn't rely on the EKG machine for interpretation
- How to Approach the EKG
- Is the EKG interpretable?
- Do we have artifact?
- Are the EKG standards met?
- Understanding the P wave, QRS segment, T wave, & U wave
- Interpreting the rate (3 methods) and rhythm
- Understanding intervals: PR, QRS, and QT
- Sinus arrhythmia
- SVT (ectopic atrial tachycardia and paroxysmal atrial tachycardia)
- Nodal and Junctional Arrhythmias
- Atrial Flutter
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Escape rhythms
- Idioventricular rhythms
- Accelerated Idioventricular rhythms
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Ventricular Fibrillation
- Things that look like ventricular rhythms but aren’t (IVCD, RBBB, LBBB, WPW, Paced Ventricular Rhythm)
- Sick Sinus Syndrome
- 1st degree AV Block
- 2nd degree AV Block
- 3rd degree AV Block
- Atrial hypertrophy and enlargement
- Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
- Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
- Right Bundle Branch Block
- Left Bundle Branch Block
- Ashermann’s Phenomenon
- Brugada Syndrome
- Fasicular Block
- Normal septal Q wave vs pathological q wave
- Geography & Anatomy of the coronary arteries
- Timing of the EKG
- T wave inversion
- ST depression
- ST elevation
- Q waves
- Pericarditis vs ST elevation MI
- Secondary repolarization (don’t confuse this with ischemic ST depression)
- Normal Q wave vs Pathological Q wave
- Things that can mimic Infarcts on EKG
- Electrolyte abnormalities (potassium and calcium)
- Drug effects on the QT interval
- Athlete's Heart (normal vs abnormal findings)
- Pacemaker and defibrillator
- Practice EKG Case Studies
Who this course for?
This course is for any clinician (physician, nurse practitioner, and/or physician assistant) needing to reliably read and understand the EKG.
Our program is packed with real world experience that you can implement starting tomorrow!
Is this course live?
Nope! Everything is pre-recorded and can be accessed on your personalized Medgeeks dashboard, so you can review when you have time.
You can pause, play, rewind, and even play at 2x speed.
You'll get immediate access to the full course and will receive lifetime access to all the material, including all future updates we make.
How is the course structured?
We have you covered, regardless of how you learn best.
Our program includes:
• Video trainings taught by cardiologist, Dr. Judy Finney.
• Each video has tons of examples that we'll walk you through, to ensure you understand the material. After all, our goal is to have you applying this in practice tomorrow!
• Audio only files are available so that you can learn on the go (running errands, at the gym, in the car, etc).
• Written transcripts so that you can follow along and/or so that you can read through the material.
• Summaries of each lecture; they average 5 pages and contain the key pearls and takeaways from every training. This allows you to quickly review without getting bogged down with all the details.
I'm pretty busy, will I have time to complete this?
We know exactly how busy you are as a practicing clinician, this is why we focused on the things you need to know. No fluff here.
We've also included the audio only files so that you can listen on your drives (huge time saver here).
Lastly, you'll have lifetime access to the material, so there is absolutely no rush to get through everything. Review and learn how to master the EKG on your time.
How much is the course?
EKG Mastery normal sells for $999. But, you can take 90% off with our flash sale and get lifetime access for only $99.
How long will I have access to the material?
You have access for life, including all updates we ever make to he program! 16 hours of detailed EKG review, video trainings, audio only files to listen on the go, written transcripts, and written summaries.
So, there's no need to rush through the material. Review on your time, as often as you'd like.
You will also get any and all updates made to the course free.
What if I don't like the course?
No problem at all! We offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Enroll, take a look at everything we have to offer, then decide if it's right for you. If you're not absolutely in love with everything we're doing, simply send us an email within 24 hours and we'll issue a full refund, no questions asked!
This means you can try the course with ZERO risk.
Excellent beginner to advanced review for interpreting ECGs. I worked in cardiology as a new grad and wish I had this resource at the time being that I was essentially thrown into the deep end of the pool. I like to think of myself as a quick learner but this would have been an excellent refresher.
Videos are of reasonable length for the material they cover. The course begins by reviewing the vector basis for formulating an ECG and the reasoning behind the waveforms in each lead for the entire PQRST complex.
The vector portion is also fast enough that you won't get bored just to get up to speed then the course is led by a seasoned cardiologist who will take you through the major 'must know' ECGs.
This is one of the best online reviews I've seen. I would definitely recommend this course.
- Josh Nguyen MPAS, PA-C