Course curriculum

  • 1

    Intermediate Level Cardiac Pacing Technologies

    • Learning Objectives

  • 2

    Single Chamber Troubleshooting

    • Learning Objectives

    • Oversensing in the Single Chamber Pacemaker

    • Oversensing in the Single Chamber Pacemaker: Knowledge Check

    • Undersensing in the Single Chamber Pacemaker

    • Undersensing in the Single Chamber Pacemaker: Knowledge Check

    • Loss of Capture in the Single Chamber Pacemaker

    • Loss of Capture in the Single Chamber Pacemaker: Knowledge Check

    • Loss of Output in the Single Chamber Pacemaker & Class Review

    • Loss of Output in the Single Chamber Pacemaker & Class Review: Knowledge Check

    • Post Lecture Question & Answer Session

  • 3

    Upper Rate Behavior

    • Learning Objectives

    • Overview of Terminology

    • Overview of Terminology: Knowledge Check

    • Pacemaker Wenckebach and 2:1 Block

    • PPM WKB and 2:1 Block: Knowledge Check

    • Practice Calculations

    • Practice Calculations: Knowledge Check

    • Programmable Features

    • Upper Rate Behavior Demonstration

    • Programmable Features: Knowledge Check

  • 4

    Advanced Dual Chamber Timing

    • Learning Objectives

    • Atrial vs. Ventricular Based

    • Atrial vs. Ventricular Based: Knowledge Check

    • Timing System Quirks

    • Timing System Quirks: Knowledge Check

    • True vs. Modified Atrial Based

    • True vs. Modified Atrial Based: Knowledge Check

  • 5

    Rate Responsive Pacing

    • Learning Objectives

    • Introduction to Sensor Technology

    • Introduction to Sensor Technology: Knowledge Check

    • Current Sensor Technology

    • Current Sensor Technology: Knowledge Check

    • Optimizing Rate Responsive Pacing

    • Optimizing Rate Responsive Pacing: Knowledge Check

    • Medtronic Rate Response Demonstration

    • Boston Scientific Rate Response Demonstration

    • Abbott Rate Response Demonstration

  • 6

    Pacing Special Features I

    • Learning Objectives

    • AV Delay Related Features

    • AV Delay Related Features: Knowledge Check

    • Special Sensing and Capture Features

    • Special Sensing and Capture Features: Knowledge Check

  • 7

    Algorithms to Promote Intrinsic Conduction

    • Algorithms to Promote Intrinsic Conduction

    • Medtronic MVP

    • Boston Scientific RythmIQ

    • Biotronik VP Suppression

    • Intrinsic Promotion Algorithms Knowledge Checks

  • 8

    Pacing Special Features II

    • Learning Objectives

    • Refractory Periods

    • Refractory Periods: Knowledge Check

    • Atrial Arrhythmia Management

    • Mode Switching Demonstration

    • Atrial Arrhythmia Management: Knowledge Check

    • Rate Modifiers

    • Rate Modifiers: Knowledge Check

    • Neurocardiogenic Syncope

    • Neurocardiogenic Syncope: Knowledge Check

  • 9

    Automatic Capture

    • Learning Objectives

    • Introduction and History

    • Introduction and History: Knowledge Check

    • ABT Loss of Capture Recovery and Threshold Search

    • ABT Loss of Capture Recovery and Threshold Search: Knowledge Check

    • ABT Capture Verification Process

    • ABT Capture Verification Process: Knowledge Check

    • ABT ACap Confirm

    • ABT ACap Confirm: Knowledge Checks

    • BSC and MDT Auto Capture Algorithms

    • BSC and MDT Auto Capture Algorithms: Knowledge Check

  • 10

    Chronotropic Incompetence

    • Learning Objectives

    • Introduction to Chronotropic Incompetence

    • Introduction to CI: Knowledge Checks

    • Normal Exercise Physiology

    • Normal Exercise Physiology: Knowledge Check

    • Identifying Chronotropic Incompetence

    • Identifying CI: Knowledge Check

  • 11

    Device Follow-Up

    • Learning Objectives

    • Types and Goals

    • Types and Goals: Knowledge Check

    • Frequency and Content

    • Frequency and Content: Knowledge Check

  • 12

    Pacemaker Follow-Up and Troubleshooting

    • Learning Objectives

    • The Basic Principles

    • The Basic Principles: Knowledge Check

    • Evaluation of the ECG

    • Evaluation of the ECG: Knowledge Check

    • ECG Case Studies

  • 13

    Neurocardiogenic Syncope

    • Learning Objectives

    • NCS: Why it Happens and How to Manage it

    • NCS: Why it Happens and How to Manage it: Knowledge Check

Course Lead

Manager of Educational Development

Kate Peucker, CCDS

Kate is an IBHRE®-Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) with several years of experience in the CRM industry. As a clinical specialist for Biotronik, Kate covered major medical centers across New England, trained new employees, and managed her team’s daily schedule. Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She is also a former PrepMD student and Academic Achievement Award winner. Her time at PrepMD combined with her experiences in the field give Kate a unique perspective on how to begin a career in the medical device industry.

Supporting Faculty

Over 250 years combined health care and medical device company experience

Greg Lisi, CCDS, CEPS

Program Director

Harvard University, U.S. Army
Greg has over 18 years of experience in Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) arena. As a Regional Manager with Boston Scientific, he hired and trained a team of sales and clinical representatives while maintaining his own business. He has mentored and developed both sales and clinical reps as they have begun their own careers. Prior to industry, Greg served as a Military Intelligence Officer with the U.S. Army. During eight years of active duty, he served in a variety of key leadership, strategic planning and operations roles. He has extensive experience in planning, directing, and supervising sophisticated training in complex and fast-moving environments.

Susan Stamatis, RN, BSN

Clinical Applications Manager, Faculty

Salve Regina University
Susan has a combined 39 years in cardiology doing a variety of clinical roles such as Assistant Nurse Manager of a Coronary Care Unit and Department Manager in a Device Clinic overseeing the care of 1000+ patients with pacemakers and defibrillators. She also has 25 years of experience in the Cardiac Device Industry working for companies such a Datascope (Maquet) and Boston Scientific. She began her medical device career as a clinical specialist, and was promoted to clinical regional manger and sales representative roles. She is uniquely qualified to teach PrepMD students clinical as well a technical applications of CRM therapy.

Matt Wilson, CCDS

Director of Staffing & Remote Monitoring, Faculty

West Point Military Academy
Matt brings 10 years of experience in the Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) industry to his role at PrepMD. As an IBHRE®-Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) senior sales representative with Boston Scientific, he managed a successful sales team in the New York City area. Matt is the Director of PrepMD’s contract staffing services division while managing the placement activities and coaching PrepMD students from a professional development standpoint. Prior to industry, Matt served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He trained and led infantry units while deployed to Iraq, responsible for planning and coordinating joint coalition combat missions.

Eliza Peters, CCDS, CEPS, IBHRE Ambassador

Manager of Cardiac EP, Faculty

University of Missouri
Eliza is dual IBHRE® certified - Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist (CEPS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS). She has over 9 years of medical sales experience. As a Senior Sales Representative at Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical), she worked in the Cardiac Electrophysiology and Device Management space supporting, mentoring and training new hires on electroanatomical mappings cases and device implants. Eliza provided 3D mapping support for over 2,500 procedures, and over 1,100 CIED implants during her career. Eliza manages cardiac electrophysiology instruction, including corporate training on advanced 3D mapping concepts.

Kate Peucker, CCDS

Manager of Educational Development, Faculty

Tulane University
Kate is an IBHRE®-Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) with several years of experience in the CRM industry. As a clinical specialist for Biotronik, Kate covered major medical centers across New England, trained new employees, and managed her team’s daily schedule. Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She is also a former PrepMD student and Academic Achievement Award winner. Her time at PrepMD combined with her experiences in the field give Kate a unique perspective on how to begin a career in the medical device industry.

Dan Freney, CCDS

CRM Instructor, Faculty

Northeastern University, Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing
Dan is a registered nurse and an IBHRE®-Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS) with 34 years of experience in healthcare and the medical device industry. As a former corporate trainer for Boston Scientific, Dan played a key role in the development of simulated implant training for the CRM industry and trained over 1000 division field sales reps. His experience in the cardiac surgical unit and cardiac catheter lab at Boston Medical Center provides a tremendous resource to our students.

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