Understanding ECGs: Mastering the Basics

December 3, 2021




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Electrocardiograms are frequent initial tests performed on patients. Front-line providers often must make clinical decisions based off of these findings. This course is designed to help providers understand ECGs to recognize what is normal and was abnormal.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding arrhythmias, conduction abnormalities, and ischemia/infarction.

Understanding basic ECG interpretation will help avoid mistakes and provide improved patient care.


Successful Completion

To successfully complete this activity, the required evaluation must be completed no later than Monday, January 17, 2022. Thereafter, the evaluation will no longer be available and credits will not be issued. No refunds will be offered for failure to complete the required evaluation by the stated deadline.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. 

Learning Objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Translate the basic waves on ECG.
  2. Analyze pathologically slow heart rhythms including heart block.
  3. Identify how to diagnose an acute heart attack on ECG.
  4. Evaluate arrhythmias from the upper chambers of the heart (e.g. supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome).
  5. Evaluate arrhythmias from the lower chambers of the heart (Ventricular tachycardia).
  6. Assess ECG patterns from high risk syndromes (e.g.  Long QT syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).
Additional information
Jefferson Content Development By: 
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH)
Content Areas: 
Family Medicine
Hospital Medicine
Internal Medicine
Course Format: 
Live Webinar
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.75 Attendance
  • 3.58 CNE
  • 3.75 PA
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/03/2021 - 7:50am
Event ends: 
12/03/2021 - 12:00pm

Commercial/In-Kind Support

Any support received for this educational activity will be published and announced prior to the start of the activity.

Agenda subject to change.

Recording and Photography Strictly Prohibited

Unauthorized recording or photography at a Jefferson-sponsored event is strictly prohibited. Individuals found violating this policy will be removed from the online activity or asked to leave from the live activity. No credits or refund will be issued.


This CE activity is a live virtual meeting. Zoom login information will be provided to registrants prior to the start of the activity.




Conflict of Interest

Thomas Jefferson University endorses the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities and the policies that supplement the Standards. All planners, faculty, authors, presenters, and content reviewers are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with ACCME defined commercial interest entities within the past 24 months. Any conflict of interests have been mitigated prior to the educational activity.

Such disclosures will be available prior to the start of the activity. ​Jefferson Conflict of Interest resolution process may result in changes to the program agenda.

Planning Committee

Daniel Frisch, MD-Course Director
Disclosure: Consultant: Abbot

Arnold Greenspon, MD
Disclosure: Grant/Research Support/Speaker Honoria: Boston Scientific, Grant/Research Support/Consultant: Medtronic, Grant/Research Support/Speaker: St. Jude Medical

Reginald Ho, MD
Disclosure: Product Speakers Bureau for Abbott and Boston Scientific

Behzad Pavri, MD
Disclosure: Funding for CCEP Fellows from Medtronics

Kathryn Kirk, CRNP
No competing interest to disclose.


Daniel Frisch, MD
Arnold Greenspon, MD
Reginald Ho, MD
Behzad Pavri, MD
Rose Shaffer, CRNP

Off‐label/Investigational Use

All faculty/presenters/authors at Thomas Jefferson University sponsored events are required to disclose whether or not their content contains information of commercial products/devices that are unlabeled for use or investigational uses of products not yet approved. Product(s) is/are not included in the labeling approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of disease(s).

Content Disclaimer

The views expressed in this activity are those of the faculty. It should not be inferred or assumed that they are expressing the views of any manufacturer of pharmaceuticals or devices or Thomas Jefferson University.

It should be noted that the recommendations made herein with regard to the use of therapeutic agents, varying disease states, and assessments of risk, are based upon a combination of clinical trials, current guidelines, and the clinical practice experience of the participating presenters. The drug selection and dosage information presented in this activity are believed to be accurate. However, participants are urged to consult all available data on products and procedures before using them in clinical practice.



https://jointaccreditation.org/sites/default/files/JointlyAccreditedProviderTM_0.pngIn support of improving patient care, Thomas Jefferson University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Designation

Physicians: This educational activity is designated for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This activity awards 3.58 nursing contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals: This educational activity is designated for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.75 Attendance
  • 3.58 CNE
  • 3.75 PA


To exhibit at this virtual activity, please contact Marie Destin, MBA.


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Registration Fees

$50: Jefferson Health (Center City Campus, Methodist, Abington, Aria, Kennedy, Magee Faculty & Staff)
$75: Practicing and Retired Physician
$65: Nurse/Other Health Professionals
  $0: Resident/Fellows

Registration Information

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