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Pulmonary Embolism Symposium

What is Known and What We Need to Know

State of the Art, and Scientific Update


Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening condition that affects people of all ages and health statuses, from the most fit athletes to the most infirm patients. Detection of PE, “the great masquerader,” is challenging because its signs and symptoms are often subtle and mimic those of other disease states. Once PE is diagnosed, clinicians have little guidance in choosing from the wide array of therapies available because:

  • No accepted algorithm exists to guide diagnostic and therapeutic decision making
  • Outcomes data and evaluation for available therapies are lacking
  • Care rendered to PE patients is fragmented among different clinical services
  • Assessment of bleeding and other risks remains daunting
  • Long-term effects of PE are poorly understood, though they can be severely debilitating

In the face of these challenges, multidisciplinary rapid-response programs promoting coordination among specialists who care for PE patients, such as the Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT) initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital, are gaining traction. These initiatives hold the promise to:

  • Improve interdisciplinary communication and collaboration
  • Facilitate timely decision-making to enhance care
  • Enable systematic collection and evaluation of data related to PE treatment and outcomes

The purposes of this symposium are to improve PE diagnosis, care coordination, and treatment, while expanding our knowledge of the underlying mechanisms and long-term follow-up strategies for patients with PE.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and PERT Consortium. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit™.

This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine and jointly-provided by PERT Consortium.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

4th Annual Pulmonary Embolism Symposium

A National Continuing
Professional Education Event

June 22-23, 2018

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown
Nashville, TN


What is Known, and What We Need to Know
State of the Art and Scientific Update

Registration Opens Soon


Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer’s life.

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