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Foundational Programs

These programs are for customers seeking to gain knowledge and education about identifying patients with atrial fibrillation (Afib) and treatment options to restore sinus rhythm. AtriCure is committed to assisting HealthCare Providers (HCPs) adapt to evolving products and techniques. Our healthcare professional training programs are designed with the guidance of an Education Steering Committee comprised of key opinion leaders to help individuals at all experience levels learn more about the surgical treatment of Afib. The program is dedicated to helping practitioners focus on deepening their expertise and improving patient care.


This course is the first and ONLY training course to focus on the concomitant surgical treatment for persistent and long-standing persistent (LSP) Afib. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Heart Rhythm Society have both endorsed AtriCure’s Advanced Ablation Course in the United States.

During the program, physicians will review:

  • Contemporary Data and why patients should be treated
  • Classification of Afib and identification of appropriate patients
  • Epidemiology and Economics of Afib
  • Surgical Treatment of Concomitant Afib
  • Treatment of Stand-Alone LSP Afib
  • Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion
  • Pain Management
Who should attend:
  • Cardiac Surgeons
  • Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)
  • Administrators
  • Fellows
  • Nurses

Course Offerings

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September 21st - San Diego, CA

December 7th - Miami, FL

The Advanced Hybrid Ablation Course builds on the reported positive results of Hybrid AF™ Convergent Therapy procedures and the recent FDA approval of the EPi-Sense® coagulation System for long-standing persistent (LSP) atrial fibrillation (Afib) patients. This program focuses on the rationale, efficiency, and efficacy of performing hybrid ablation therapy.

Throughout the program, attendees will be exposed to various topics:
  • Contemporary overview of Afib
  • Afib pathogenesis
  • Evolution of ablation strategies
  • Patient identification
  • Collaborative approaches between cardiac surgery and electrophysiologist (EP)

This course is delivered by a qualified faculty of EPs and cardiac surgeons, many of whom
were active in the CONVERGE IDE trial. Attendee interaction and group discussion is
encouraged especially the sharing of anecdotal experience and observations. This program is
designed for EPs, cardiac surgeons and advanced practice providers (APPs) interested in the
collaborative hybrid approach to treating LSP Afib patients.

After this program, healthcare professionals (HCPs) should feel more comfortable in
identifying patients with LSP Afib and with contemporary approaches and treatment

Who should attend:
  • EPs
  • APPs
  • Cardiac Surgeons

Course Offerings

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September 20th - San Diego, CA

December 6th - Miami, FL

This course is specifically for surgeons that wish to minimize transitional surgical pain.
Opioid addiction increases after 72 hours of use and patients experience significant pain
approximately three days to two months after surgery. After three months, it becomes
persistent post-surgical pain.

The course in February will focus on the Nuss procedure, specifically for adolescent patients.

The course focuses on:
  • Protocol development for pain management
  • Appropriate use of Cryo Nerve Block (cryoNB)
  • Best Practices and complication management
  • Hands-on simulation and patient management
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with world class faculty and hear about their experience with the cryoNB and its impact on pain relief.
Who should attend:
  • Thoracic Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Physician Assistants (PAs)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
  • Nursing Staff
  • Pain Management Team

Course Offerings

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The advanced practice provider (APP) plays a significant role in the care pathway of the patient undergoing thoracotomy procedures. They are especially involved with the patient’s post-operative pain management. This course is structured to help the attendee gain a deeper understanding into the current analgesia standard of care (SOC) and the strategies to help achieve post-operative pain relief, including Cryo Nerve Block (cryoNB) as an adjunct to a multimodal pain management approach.

Primary learning objectives:

  • Understand the definition, prevalence, associated co-morbidities, and burden of pain in relation to thoracic surgery in the U.S.
  • Identify the types of procedures and sources of pain for thoracic procedures in the U.S.
  • Discuss the steps and options for post-operative pain management after thoracic surgery
  • Define the science of cryoNB and the temporary disruption of nerve function for long-term post-operative pain management
  • Understand the most common types of procedures and techniques where cryoNB therapy is utilized
  • Establish the benefits of a multimodal pain management strategy
Who should attend:
  • Physician Assistants (PAs)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • RN Coordinators
  • Other Healthcare Providers (HCPs)

Course Offerings

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June 7 - Miami, FL (EC | APP)

October 4 - San Diego, CA (EC | APP)