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CLIMB 2024

Discover the advanced clinical skills participants are learning in 2024

Applications closed on May 29, with the program commencing in July; for ATTR-CM, the program begins in October.

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CLIMB Clinical 2024 provides advanced procedural training for women cardiologists in five complex clinical areas: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure, Prevention, Structural Imaging and ATTR-CM. The fully online program runs for six months and is free for women cardiologists worldwide. The ATTR-CM topic is a shorter, three-month pilot program and can be studied alone or alongside one of the other available topics.

Each topic will consist of monthly 90-minute webinar sessions. Sessions will include a mix of didactic presentations, case reviews, and group discussions. Most topics will also have homework, which will include preparing case presentations. Learn more about each of this year’s topics, including the world-leading program directors who will guide your learning.

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Clinical topic areas

Atrial Fibrillation

Learning areas:

  • Fundamentals of Atrial Fibrillation
  • AF Ablation & Procedures
  • Special Circumstances in AF
  • Stroke Risk Reduction
  • Complication Management
  • AF Clinical Trials

 

Program directors:

  • Andrea Sarkozy, MD, PhD, University Hospital of Brussels, Belgium
  • Emily Zeitler, MD, MHS, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
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Heart Failure

Learning areas:

  • HFpEF Diagnosis and Management
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardio-Oncology
  • Comorbidities
  • Devices and Structural Interventions
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Clinical trials

 

Program directors:

  • Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Clara Saldarriaga, MD, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia

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Prevention

Learning areas:

  • CV Risk Stratification
  • Tackling Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Lipid Management – LDL & Triglycerides and Lp(a)
  • Management of CV risk in women

 

Program directors:

  • Pam Taub, MD, UC San Diego Health System, San Diego, CA
  • Malissa Wood, MD, Lee Health Heart Institute, Fort Myers, FL

Structural imaging

Learning areas:

  • Basics of Structural Imaging
  • Intraprocedural Guidance for TAVI
  • Candidate Selection for Mitral Procedures
  • Guiding Annuloplasty
  • Paravalvular Leaks and LAA Occlusion

 

Program directors:

  • Julia Grapsa, MD, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, London, UK
  • Marta Sitges, MD, PhD, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain

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ATTR-CM

Learning areas:

  • Three types of amyloid cardiomyopathy – presentation and diagnosis
  • Understanding the patient journey
  • Imaging modalities to facilitate diagnosis
  • The role of AI in the diagnosis of ATTR-CM
  • Factors contributing to underdiagnosis in women
  • Current clinical trials and advances in treatment

 

Program directors:

  • Grace Lin, MD, MBA, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
  • Professor Thibaud Damy, MD, PhD, University Hospital Henri Mondor, Creteil, France

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