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Diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome targeted in new CME course

The CMA has launched an online CME course for members that will help them recognize the pitfalls, diagnostic challenges and common errors that may arise while assessing possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in patients.

"ACS remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada," the course outline states in explaining the rationale for the course.

Because most ACS patients initially present to a family physician's office, walk-in clinic or emergency department, the new teaching module is aimed at family physicians and emergency medicine specialists. The goal is to help them develop a systematic approach to evaluating and managing patients with ACS in an evidence-based and efficient manner.

The two-hour course, which has been accredited by Memorial University of Newfoundland on behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, was developed via a collaboration between the CMA, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Subject matter expertise was provided by Dr. Sara Pickersgill, an emergency physician at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont.

The course, which was made possible by unrestricted funding from Pfizer Canada, is available only to CMA members.

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