The purpose of this online course is to provide an overview of a cardiologist's approach to common problems seen in the primary care office. The course will discuss recommendations on management by general practitioners (primary care physicians), based on current guidelines and evidence-based medicine. We will use an active learning approach through live interactive sessions, assignments, and discussions. Faculty includes experts from the US, UK, Australia, and globally, including Pakistan local experts, especially those in family medicine. This program will complement basic training and short courses offered in Pakistan for general practitioners to bridge the gap of specialty care, especially in underserved areas.  


At the end of this enduring material, participants should be better able to:

  1. Understand the underlying basic pathophysiology of common cardiac conditions
  2. Be able to recognize and differentiate serious from non serious common cardiac conditions seen in their daily practice
  3. Improve on primary and secondary preventive cardiac care.
  4. Be able to understand the rationale for further workup of cardiac conditions by general practitioner vs cardiologist.
  5. Improve upon their knowledge of risk, determine prognosis and be able to handle common cardiac problems vs need for specialty care.


This enduring material is intended for a broad audience including general physicians, primary care providers, specialty physicians, physicians in training (residents and fellows), and medical students. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction: Program Overview

  • 2


    • Peer Review Metric

    • Peer Review Example

    • Cardiology Pearls

    • Cardiac anatomy overview

    • Artificial Intelligence in Cardiology Present

    • CardiacAuscultation_in_diagnosingVHD

    • Comparison of NICE and ESC proposed

  • 3

    Module 1: Ischemic Heart Disease

  • 4

    Module 2: Valvular Heart Disease

  • 5

    Module 3: Artial Fibrillation

    • Module 3 - Objectives

    • Module 3 Faculty

    • Presentation: Atrial Fibrillation in Primary Care Setting

    • Live Session: Atrial Fibrillation in Primary Care Setting

    • Live Session: Q & A and Panel discussion

    • Exit Ticket Module 3 (required)

    • Quiz 3: Atrial Fabrillation

    • Required Reading - Discussion

    • Optional Reading: Atrial Fibrillation

    • One Minute Paper - required assignment

    • Lecture: 12 ECGS for Boards

  • 6

    Module 4: Ventricular Arrhythmia

  • 7

    Module 5: Cardiogenic Syncope

  • 8

    Module 6: Cardiac Imaging

  • 9

    Module 7: Primary prevention in Cardiology

    • Module 7 - Objectives

    • Module 7 Faculty

    • Presentation: Primary Prevention of common Cardiac Diseases

    • Live Session: Primary prevention of Common Cardiac Diseases

    • Exit Ticket Module 1 (required)

    • Quiz 7: Primary prevention

    • Required Reading - Discussion

    • Optional Reading: Primary prevention in Cardiology

    • One Minute Paper - required assignment

  • 10

    Module 8: Hypertension

    • Module 8 - Objectives

    • Module 8 Faculty

    • Presentation: Primary Care management of Hypertension

    • Live Session: Primary Care management of Hypertension

    • Exit Ticket Module 8 (required)

    • Quiz 8: Primary Care Management of Hypertension

    • Required Reading - Discussion

    • Optional Reading: Hypertension

    • One Minute Paper - required assignment

  • 11

    Module 9: EKG overview for PCP

  • 12

    Course Completion

    • Survey

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If you are a trainee or medical student , MERIT Academy has special discounts for you in this course. Kindly send us an email at to get discounts on this course.

Course Faculty


Marriyam Moten

Prof. of Medicine Loma Linda University & University of California Riverside Past President APCNA Chair APPNA MERIT Cardiology Committee

Course Co-lead

Dr. Saima Perwaiz Iqbal

Professor Family Medicine Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University

Course Co-lead

M Asrar ul Haq

MBBS PhD FESC FACC FCSANZ FRACP Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Director Australian Cardiology Services Cardiovascular Trials Unit, Northern Hospital The University of Melbourne