Evaluation and Credit Instructions - Please read all instructions prior to clicking the evaluation link.

Please note, the evaluation must be completed all at once.

To receive continuing education credit and/or certificate of attendance and print/save your certificate, a participant MUST:

Step 1: Check-in at the registration desk with conference staff

Step 2: Complete an electronic evaluation after the conference: Children’s CME/CE database portal.

  1.  If you are not logged in, enter the email address and password associated with your Cincinnati Children's CME/CE database account.  If you do not have an account, click the “Don’t have an account?” button and complete all information, then click Submit.  You will be taken back to the login screen.  Enter your email address and password, then click login.
  2.  Select the credit you would like to receive. When choosing your certificate, please use the following guidelines to select the correct certificate:
    -Physicians:  choose "AMA PRA Category 1 Credits"
    -Nurses:  choose “Nursing CE”
    -Perfusionists: choose “General Attendance”
    -All Others:  choose "CME Non-Physician (Attendance)"
  3.  Enter the amount of credit you are claiming.
  4.  Complete the evaluation and click Submit.
  5.  Credit has been awarded.  You will be returned to the Evaluations & Certificates area.
  6.  To view, print, or save the certificate, click the Download Certificate button.

If you have any questions, please contact the Cincinnati Children's CME office at or 513-636-6732.

Important things to note:

-Credit is not issued until you see an electronic certificate with your name on it.
The evaluation period will close 1/16/19.
Credit/certificates will not be available after this date. 
All attendees will be emailed an evaluation reminder with the link and directions. If you do not   receive the directions within 10 days, immediately contact
Even if you do not need credit, we still ask you to complete an evaluation!

Tracking hours attended:

If you are not able to stay for the entire conference, please use the following to determine the number of hours to claim:

Physicians (CME) and Certificate of Attendance

15-19 min – 0.25          20-34 min – 0.50             35-49 min – 0.75         50-64 min – 1.00    65-79 min - 1.25

RN (CNE) and Perfusionists

You must attend each full day to receive credit.  No partial credit will be awarded.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Cincinnati Children’s and PCICS. Cincinnati Children’s is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cincinnati Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.75 or 23.25 (Thursday preconference – 5.5 (PC #1) or 5 (PC#2), Friday– 7.25; Saturday– 7.0; Sunday –4.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Up to 23.60 contact hours (Thursday preconference 5.3, Friday– 7.25; Saturday – 7.0; Sunday –4.05) will be awarded to nurses who attend the entire program and complete an evaluation tool. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).


The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) has allotted 28.2 Category I CEUs to those perfusionists who attend the entire PCICS 14th Annual International Meeting. 

        Thursday 12/13      6.4 CEUs 
        Friday 12/14            8.7 CEUs
        Saturday 12/15       8.2 CEUs
        Sunday 12/16          4.9 CEUs

All Category I CEU approved meetings will require participants to sign-in once a day to verify attendance. Photo identification will be required in order for participants to obtain registration materials. 

Daily sign-in hours coincide with regular meeting registration hours. 

Overall Objectives

  • Identify state-of-the-art evaluation and management strategies for use in critically ill pediatric cardiac patients.
  • Describe novel approaches to enhance multidisciplinary team performance and resiliency.
  • Analyze new research studies and quality improvement initiatives relevant to pediatric cardiac intensive care.


Simulation and Cardiopulmonary Interactions: A Multi-professional Experience for Junior Providers

OBJECTIVE: Apply knowledge of cardiopulmonary interactions in both single ventricle and biventricular congenital or acquired heart disease to optimize cardiac output and gas exchange.

Pre-Conference #2                                                                                                                                        

Quality Improvement Crash Course


  • Describe the role of quality improvement in healthcare.
  • Apply basic quality improvement frameworks and tools to quality improvement projects.
  • Define leadership and organizational pitfalls to healthcare quality improvement.          

The Future of Clinical Decision Making


  • Discuss pitfalls in clinical decision-making.
  • Describe evolving tools and technology to improve decision-making.

Plenary Session: Cardiac Arrest in Pediatric Cardiac Patients     


  • Explain the nuances and challenges of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in children with congenital heart disease.
  • Describe strategies to prevent cardiac arrest in the CICU.                                                                             

Anthony Chang Lecture                                                                                                               

OBJECTIVES:  Discuss the history and future of pediatric cardiac intensive care medicine

Top Abstract Presentations                                                                                                        

OBJECTIVES:  Illustrate innovations in pediatric cardiac critical care medicine and nursing.                                                               

ECMO: Challenges and Opportunities

OBJECTIVE: Identify current challenges and opportunities in cardiac ECMO to improve outcomes based on evidence and research.

Bedside Rounds:  Is the Evolution Ready for a Revolution?

OBJECTIVE: Identify the most effective elements of rounds in the current era and determine opportunities for change. 

Basic Science, Clinical Science and Education Research Abstract Presentations

OBJECTIVES:  Examine the selected outstanding abstracts in basic science, clinical science, and education research.

Ethics and Social Media - Benefits and Pitfalls

OBJECTIVE: Describe the role, challenges, and opportunities associated with social media use in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery.                                                                       

Contemporary Approaches to the Single Ventricle Neonate


  • Explain the nuances of alternative interventions for neonates with HLHS.
  • Describe the role of ductal stenting in neonates with ductal-dependent pulmonary blood flow.

Quality Improvement Shark Tank

OBJECTIVES:  Analyze quality improvement abstracts in a panel format.

Skills Lab: Effective Communication and Counseling  

OBJECTIVE: Develop enhanced skills in effective communication and counseling for critically ill cardiac patients.                                                                               

Rapid Fire: CICU Monitoring                                      

OBJECTIVE:  Discuss new and emerging methods for the monitoring of critically ill cardiac patients with a view to improving patient care and outcomes.                              

President’s Address and PCICS Service Award                                                                  

OBJECTIVE:  Identify a member of PCICS who has tirelessly contributed to the mission and vision of PCICS.

Plenary Session                                                                                                                                               

Long Length of Stay in the CICU:  Impact on Neurodevelopment

OBJECTIVE:  Identify and explore the modifiable risk factors in the CICU that contribute to impaired neurodevelopment.

Cliff Notes on Pediatric VAD Management


  • Illustrate the complexities and risks associated with VAD use in the most complex patients.
  • Describe state-of-the-art anticoagulation management for pediatric VAD patients.

Living (and Dying) in the CICU: Challenges of Chronic Critical Illness                                      

OBJECTIVE:  Identify and manage non-cardiac complications for pediatric cardiac intensive care.

Invited Quality and Research Collaborative                                                                                         

OBJECTIVE:  Illustrate the important work of collaboratives and how they impact the field of pediatric cardiac critical care.                                                                                                               

Clinician Heal Thyself! Strategies Toward Resilience and A More Healthy Work Environment

OBJECTIVE:  Identify and implement multidisciplinary strategies to enhance resilience and wellness in pediatric cardiac critical care.

Patricia Hickey Lecture                                                                                                

OBJECTIVE:  Discuss the history and future of pediatric cardiac intensive care nursing.

Plenary Session: Pro-Con Debates

OBJECTIVE:  Illustrate the uncertainties associated with commonly used CICU therapies.

Consensus Statement - Education & Training for Nurses and Physicians in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care: Global Perspectives

OBJECTIVE:  Identify approaches to overcome educational challenges and assure clinical competency in practice for physicians, advanced practice providers, and bedside nurses in the global CICU environment.

Commercial Support/Exhibit Acknowledgement

Please see “Program at a Glance” materials at the meeting and the Exhibitors and Sponsors tab on the mobile meeting guide for full acknowledgements.

Commercial Support:  Laerdal Medical (in-kind donation of training equipment).

Faculty and Planning Committee Financial Disclosure Information

Please see disclosure information for faculty under the Faculty and Disclosure tab on the mobile meeting guide.

Disclosure: The following committee member/faculty has indicated commercial support relationship(s):

Peta Alexander, MBBS: 1. Contracted Research-Novartis 2. AG|Therapeutic agent (levosimendan) supplied to institution -Tenax Therapeutics"

Amir Ashfari, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-Mallinckrodt, Inc.

Ayse Arikan, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-Baxter International, Inc. 2. Consulting Fee-Medtronic, Inc.

John Berger, MD: 1. Contracted Research-Actelion

Jason Buckley, MD: 1. Grant for research-Grifols

Paul Checchia, MD: 1. Grant recipient-AstraZeneca 2. Consulting Fee-Abbott Laboratories

David Cooper, MD: 1. Speakers Bureau-Mallinckrodt, Inc. 2. Speakers Bureau-AstraZeneca

Stephanie Fuller, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc.

Eric Graham, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-Bayer Corporation

Thomas Jones, MD: 1. Consulting Fee and Contracted Research-Medtronic, Inc. 2. Consulting Fee and Contracted Research-W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc. 3. Consulting Fee and Contracted Research-Abbott Laboratories

Katsuhide Maeda, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-Berlin Heart

Christopher Newth, MD: 1. Consulting Fee-Philips Medical Systems, Inc

Chitra Ravishankar, MBBS: 1. Received honorarium for lecture on nutrition.-Nutricia

Tia Raymond, MD: 1. Speakers honoraria-Zoll Medical

Robert Sutton, MD: 1. Speaking Honoraria-Zoll Medical

Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH: 1. Consulting Fee-Bristol-Myers Squibb 2.Consulting Fee-Pfizer, Inc.

All identified conflicts of interest pertaining to this activity were resolved prior to the activity. Remaining committee/faculty identified no pertinent conflicts.

Educational Gap

Pediatric cardiology is a dynamic ever-changing field of evidence based medicine. Due to the pace of research findings, healthcare teams need exposure to state-of-the-art evaluation and management strategies for use in critically ill pediatric cardiac patients, novel approaches to enhance multidisciplinary team performance and resiliency, and analyses of new research studies and quality improvement initiatives relevant to pediatric cardiac intensive care.