Target Audience

This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Despite the presence of effective strategies, clinicians and health care systems fail to systematically apply these strategies to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. This session will address this global burden of cardiovascular disease, and describe systems that can address gaps in practice. At  the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world;
  • Identify three strategies that if implemented globally and systematically, can significantly reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.

Course Information

CME Release Date:   November 15, 2018
Valid for credit through:  November 15, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of  .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to .75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .75 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Marc G. Jaffe, MD

Dr. Jaffe is the Senior Vice President of the Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and a Senior Physician of the Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, California.

Dr. Jaffe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993, and in 2000 he led the establishment of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Hypertension Program. In 2004 he led the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program which designs, implements, and evaluates the delivery of cardiovascular preventive services to high risk individuals with diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

From 2009 to 2017 he was the Clinical Leader of the Kaiser National Integrated Cardiovascular Health Guideline Team.  From 2013-2015 he served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the Global Standardization Treatment Project and from 2015 - 2017 he was a technical advisor for the World Health Organization/ PanAmerican Health Organization Hypertension Program. In September 2017, he joined Resolve to Save Lives to Save Lives as the Senior Vice President of Cardiovascular Health, with the goal of preventing 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Jaffe attended the University of California at Berkeley and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.  He completed residency at the University of California, San Diego, and did his Endocrinology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism.


  • Dr. Jaffe has the no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Jaffe  does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Donald DiPette, MD
Christopher Morris, MD
Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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