UChicago Medicine Primary Care e-Journal Club: Evaluation of the Incremental Value of a Coronary Artery Calcium Score Beyond Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

July 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022
This activity will use an asynchronous e-learning model to facilitate engagement with high-impact updates in the primary care literature that will improve patient care.
Use of coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) is widespread despite the lack of direct evidence that use of CACS lowers cardiac events and the lack of clear guidelines about which patients should receive CACS. This meta-analysis included 6 cohort studies totaling over 17,000 participants and 1043 cardiac events was an effort to determine if there is any net gain from adding CACS to a standard cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk calculator. While the United States Preventive Services Task Force found insufficient evidence to support CACS use following their 2018 review, this analysis sought to re-evaluate this question with the addition of subsequently-published trials.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals that provide primary care to patients at UChicago Medicine.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Compare cardiac risk prediction with CACS and a risk algorithm to risk prediction with an algorithm alone;
  • Discuss patient populations which may benefit from CACS in different ways;
  • Identify possible harms from CACS screening.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Katherine Sullivan
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Event starts: 
07/01/2022 - 12:00am
Event ends: 
07/31/2022 - 11:59pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
  George Weyer, MD
  Assistant Professor of Medicine



Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires 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.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Healthcare Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
Registration: This course is only open to University of Chicago affiliates.
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