Aortic Dissection


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15 Dec 2022

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15 Dec 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

While uncommon, acute aortic dissection is an infrequent but catastrophic disorder. Patients present with tearing chest pain that radiates to the back. It is essential to differentiate aortic dissection from other causes of chest pain. This activity describes the etiology, classification, pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of aortic dissection and highlights the role of interprofessional teams in improving outcomes for such patients.

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Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the etiology of patients with aortic dissection.
  • Outline the evaluation in patients with aortic dissection.
  • Review the conservative and surgical treatment options available for patients with aortic dissection.
  • Explain interprofessional team strategies for enhancing care coordination to facilitate rapid diagnosis and targeted management of patients with aortic dissection.

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The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they or their immediate family may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by CUSOM for resolution, to ensure fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

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The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. CUSOM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AOA Category 1 B Credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in the activity.

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  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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This course is intended for osteopathic physicians who wish to earn AOA CME credit. Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.


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