The Interventional EP Curriculum

AF Module

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The Atrial Fibrillation (AF) module is designed for physicians who are starting to perform AF ablations or those who want optimize their approach to AF.

The AF module is divided into five different sessions and lasts for one year, during which you will have the opportunity to discover various labs throughout Europe and to openly discuss related topics with an enthusiastic and dedicated faculty. Being exposed to different approaches to AF and atrial tachycardia is part of the enriching experience of this AF module.

Course Director

Prof. Philipp Sommer, Director Clinic Electrophysiology, Herz- und Diabeteszentrum NRW Universitätsklinik der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen (Germany)

Professor Sommer

Target Audience

Intermediate to advanced. For physicians who are engaged in AF ablation cases. The participant is expected to have a 3-D mapping system available in his or her lab and be able to handle cases in between the different module events.

Curriculum Objectives

At the end of the AF module, the participants will be able to:

  • Safely perform a transseptal puncture
  • Understand the benefits of a 3-D mapping system for AF ablations
  • Discuss the various ablation strategies for paroxysmal AF (PAF) and persistent AF (PerAF)
  • Optimize a procedural workflow for simple pulmonary veins isolation (PVI) ablations
  • Understand how to manage atypical atrial flutters
  • Recognize and manage complications of AF ablations
  • Understand and discuss the need for left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO)
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"The Abbott IEPC AF course was a fantastic educational opportunity. The live anatomy sessions, delivered by experts in the field, have really stayed with me, as have numerous ‘tips and tricks’ picked up during visits to a number of European EP centres. The course was organised really well by a very knowledgeable and friendly faculty, and it was a great chance to meet new friends and colleagues from the wider EP community. I would highly recommend if given the chance."

                                                                                                                                                                                                             – Dr. Ben Mercer
                                                                                                                                                          Consultant Electrophysiologist and Cariologist
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