ExpiredBlack Belt ECG CME Jan 4th and 5th, 2021
Dates:Mon Jan 04, 2021 - Tue Jan 05, 2021
Location:Virtual Classroom

Learn the Black Belt ECG system that has been taught to thousands of clinicians – providing confidence and competence in ECG interpretation.

100% of the profits go to the Florida Academy of Physician Assistant Political Action Committee.

This is a clinical CME. Not academic.

You will learn the 5 causes of ST segment elevation, the 4 causes of ST segment depression, the three categories of a wide complex of QRS and the four causes of a slipped T wave. This is all taught through mnemonics. APPLE-DRIL-SLIP and CVS.

Good for 6 hours category 1 CME. You will receive the durable Black Belt ECG program from CME4Life.

Limited registration due to our virtual account.

Event Status: Expired


This program is valid for Category 2 CME, not Category 1 CME.


Day 1 - January 4th

Session 1 – White Belt

Discuss the sympathetic nervous system, “Staying Alive” response, and the differences between inotropes and chronotropes.
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.

Session 2 – 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?

Session 3 – 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.

Day 2 - January 5th

Session 4 – 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.

Session 5 – 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?

Session 6 – Black Belt

“John’Syncope Grid.” We will discuss PERC rules and 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.


Virtual Classroom events are held online. Virtual Classroom access directions are emailed to attendees at time of registration.


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.

Fee Structure

PA/NP Investment – $299.00 (Includes 6 hours Category 1 CME.)
PA Student Investment – $39.00

All proceeds for the Florida Academy of PAs political Action Committee

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