ExpiredBlack Belt ECG 2nd Edition Live- St. Petersburg, Florida
Dates:Fri Oct 07, 2022 - Sat Oct 08, 2022
Location:St Petersburg, Florida
Schedule:9:00am to 6:00pm

Join us live in person or live via webinar as John presents the most up to date content for all things ECG.

For those joining us live, breakfast and lunch will be provided and is included in the cost of the ticket.

Dates: Friday October 7th, 2022 and Saturday October 8th, 2022 from 9am-6pm.

Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Hotel: Hampton Inn& Suites (Downtown St. Pete)

80 Beach Dr. NE St. Petersburg, FL

*Valet Parking for guest not staying at hotel is $10/day. Sundial Parking Garage across the street is $1 per hour or $8 per day max.

Course Description

It’s difficult to teach EKGs to audiences.

I found this as I’ve taught college-level classes, as well as national classes on EKG (I like EKG better than ECG) interpretation, primarily to physician assistants and nurse practitioners. So why is it so difficult to teach EKGs to this diffuse audience? It’s because people approach EKGs from very different starting points. You have some people who are pretty darn advanced with EKGs. They’ve been a nurse or paramedic and they have a pretty solid foundation on EKGs. Then you have some people who have never been exposed to EKGs before and all they’re seeing is a squiggly line.

That’s exactly why we created the Black Belt EKG Program.  We’ve developed a curriculum that allows sequential growth to optimize EKG interpretation. We started a white belt, similar to martial arts, where we assume you know nothing. We teach you the absolute pertinence that you need to know without the noise, without all the confusing concepts that don’t increase results. So we don’t teach you about Einthoven’s triangle because that really doesn’t affect how we interpret EKGs. We teach you about the autonomic nervous system, the conduction system, what the anatomy of the EKG is, and what it means.

By the time you earn your black belt, you have detailed mastery of the key deflections, key findings of ischemia and infarction and sinister changes, things that measurably affect our performance, and how we work with patients.

Our Black Belt EKG curriculum is taught with memory tools. We give a number of mnemonics and how to approach EKG interpretation that is clinically applicable.

An example would be the five causes of ST segment elevation: A-P-P-L-E.

A = acute myocardial infarction (STEMI)

P = prinzmetal angina (variant angina)

P = pericarditis

L = left-ventricular aneurysm

E = early repolarization

We have a number of mnemonics on how to apply to the EKG that by the time you earn your black belt, through our black belt EKG interpretation program second edition, you will have a detailed understanding of the EKG, but also an understanding of patient presentation and clinical application.

Optimize your knowledge of cardiology through EKG interpretation with our black belt EKG program.


Event Status: Expired


This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 15.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 10/7/2022 to 10/8/2022. AAPA reference number: CME-208046.

This activity was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.


Day 1

John Bielinski will present:

9am – 10am:  White Belt

10am – 11:15am:  Yellow Belt


11:30am – 12:30pm:  Green Belt


1pm – 2:30pm:  Blue Belt

2:45pm – 4:15pm: Red Belt


4:30pm – 6pm: Black Belt

Black Belt ECG

The sidekick is one of the most devastating kicks in martial arts. Powerful, fast and versatile. It’s all in the pivot. You must pop your hips to engage your core. It’s all in that split second pivot. You can’t learn that from a book. You need someone who has thrown tens of thousands of roundhouse kicks.

It’s just like learning ECGs. You can’t learn 12 lead ECG interpretation from a book. There are some fine details that are so subtle that you need a coach. You need to learn in steps.

CME4LIFE’s Black Belt ECG program is a solution for those who need to learn 12 lead ECG interpretation for clinical application. We’ve taught ECG interpretation to thousands of providers, CME4LIFE’s Black Belt ECG curriculum is the most efficient and useful system to learn ECGs.

Earn your black belt today!

White Belt

Discuss the sympathetic nervous system, “Staying Alive” response, and the differences between inotropes and chrono tropes

Parasympathetic nervous system and the role of the Vagus nerve (“Leash on dog”). How does atropine work and anticholinergic side effects

What are the antiarrhythmic drugs? Vaughan William’s Classification of antiarrhythmic drugs. How do tricyclic antidepressants work? Amiodarone and the toxicities

Risk Factor assessment. 3 causes of JVD. Difference between a simple and tension pneumothorax. Anatomy of the Heart

Yellow Belt

Why do we put a patient on a monitor? Difference between Unsynchronized and Synchronized shock. “R on T” phenomenon. When do we shock?

RR, PP, QQ System: How to calculate heart rate. 6 second method vs. Three-some method

QRS complex: Why is the QRS complex wide? Description of the mnemonic CVS. Description of the Bundle Branch Block Man Method. Is this V.tach patient alive or dead? Difference between V.tach and V.fib. Hyperkalemia on ECG.

What is the QT interval?

Green Belt

Introduction to sinus tachycardia/bradycardia. Causes of tachycardia: Discussion on mnemonic PHAT HADES. Treat the causes of tachycardia. Importance of vital signs and asking important questions. First encounter with mnemonic HORID.

Why are HGB & HCT important? Who’s at risk of acute bleeding and what to do? Discussion on Trendelenburg position. How to take orthostatic vital signs and their importance.

How to diagnose ventricular hypertrophy. The importance of the R & S wave on ECG. Sokolow Index as it relates to left ventricular hypertrophy. Discussion on the 3 criteria of right ventricle hypertrophy

The importance of address potassium. Causes of metabolic acidosis with the mnemonic KUSSMAL. ECG changes with hyperkalemia. How to treat hyperkalemia and the methods of lowering potassium.

Blue Belt

Causes of A.Fib. 3 caveats to diagnosing A.Fib. How do emboli relate to A. Fib? Treatment of A. Fib. Discussion on the CHADS2 Score.

How to diagnose SVT. Treatment of SVT. Role of adenosine

Steps of ACLS: 3 reasons for no pulse. What 2 mechanisms save lives? How to do CPR. Discussion of the mnemonic PAL. Pyramid of the causes of PEA and the description of the mnemonic HEAD. Common reversal agents. How to confirm asystole. How to fix a lethal arrhythmia.

Second discussion of where the heart blocks are located and the vagus nerve. Heart blocks are defined by the PR interval. 3 ways to deliver energy to a patient with a heart block. Heart blocks on ECG.

Red Belt

When should you order a 12 lead ECG? Who is your PAPPA mnemonic. Discussion of HORID mnemonic. Approach to 12 lead ECG. How to confirm sinus rhythm. Discussion of John’s “Two-fer Rule”. Describe the contiguous leads. Visual presentation of the cardiac blood flow hand mnemonic.

Learn where to draw the isoelectric lines. What does a Q-wave represent? 4 clinical areas of a ECG.

Discussion of ST elevation and APPLE mnemonic: STEMI presentation. 3 criteria to diagnose a MI. STEMI vs. NSTEMI. Red flags of chest pain with mnemonic DRiVE. STEMI on ECG. Discussion of chest pain pearls.

Discussion of inverted T-waves with SLIP mnemonic: Presentation of pulmonary embolism. What is S1Q3T3?

Black Belt

John’s syncope rules. Discussion of PERC rules. Discussion of murmurs. Mnemonics to remember different murmurs: S=MIAS and AIMS=D. Buzz words for CHF.

How does a stroke present? Discuss how to diagnose a stroke. FLEAS mnemonic to help with stroke signs and symptoms.

6 ECG findings that kill patients with syncope and HAPPY mnemonic. Discussion of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Why are prolonged QT waves bad? Discussion on WPW. Discussion on Brugada Syndrome.

What is Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and what does it look like on ECG? Pearls of Wellen’s sign. Discussion on De Winter’s T-waves.

Day 2

Day 2  Jennifer Carlquist will present:

9am – 10:30am: Basic Foundation and Arrhythmia practice


10:45am – 11:30am: Normal ECG Review

11:30am – 12:30pm: Sports Physical Red Flags


1pm – 2pm: Nonspecific ST changes

2pm – 3pm: Acute Myocardial Infarctions


3:15pm – 4:15pm Palpitations

4:15pm – 5:15pm – Challenging Cases

5:15pm – 6pm – STEMI Mimics

Basic Foundations – How does a round heart get represented on a flat piece of paper?

  1. Four Parts of the Heart
  2. The Waves
  3. Normal conduction with practice strips to show each pacemaker of the heart

Arrhythmia Practice

  1. Practice high yield arrhythmias

Normal EKG Review

  1. Using the intervals and why they matter
  2. Looking at the voltage, practicing finding the TP segment so we won’t miss stemi
  3. All the elements that makes an EKG normal so that we can spot the abnormal patterns
  4. 10 step systematic approach
  5. 10 step practice on a real EKG

Sports Physical Red Flags
a. What to listen for in the history that should prompt you to get an EKG
b. Cardiac murmur to listen for and the maneuver that can help you pick this up

  1. What two findings can kill a young person if missed with examples (case based)

Non specific ST T wave Changes
a. Why the machine does not pick these up or know how to identify them

  1. What to send to the ER and what can wait for referral
  2. The 5 Patterns we need to look for on the EKG when you see it say NSSTW change

Acute Myocardial Infarction
a. How to define it

  1. How it can appear on the EKG
  2. What is the criteria
  3. Review the special criteria for v2, v3
  4. Discuss contiguous leads
  5. Review reciprocal changes

Palpitations – “Be Still My Heart”

  1. What are the worst causes of palpitations
  2. How to identify the high risk patterns
  3. Discuss the 5 things we look for on an EKG on someone with palpitations

Challenging Cases

  1. Review prolonged qt
  2. Discuss atypical accuses of chest pain
  3. Review Right bundle branch block


  1. Hypothermia can be a STEMI mimic and how to identify it
  2. Pericarditis with EKG case for review
  3. Benign repolarization EKG Case for review


Hampton Inn & Suites
80 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg
United States

Presented By


  • John Bielinski, MS PA-C
    John Bielinski MS PA-C, earned a master’s degree in family and emergency medicine from A.T. Still University. Since beginning his career, John has remained committed to serving medical professionals and his community through direct care and education. John has held multiple teaching positions in the emergency department and other various medical settings. However, it was John’s experience overseeing a rural emergency department for fifteen years that really encouraged him to pursue his passion for education. John has since developed a widely acclaimed national lecture series. John leverages his field experiences, developing lectures that focus on emergency medicine and patient-centered care. John is passionate about improving the overall quality of medical care by delivering superior education and training to medical providers.
  • Jennifer Carlquist
    Jennifer is an cardiology physician assistant who also works in emergency medicine. She has been a PA for 14 years. She teaches nationally on ekg and cardiology related topics. She enjoys heart themed painting and cycling.

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