Why Choose CREF™?

Of all the perfusion conferences available, why choose CREF™? First and foremost, CREF offers comprehensive, quality education for every member of the cardiac OR and ICU team. Since 1981, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium™ has been meeting the continuing-education needs of advanced-practice providers, nurses, perfusionists, physicians, and biomedical professionals whose work relates to cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary bypass, or extracorporeal perfusion.

Continuing-Education Credits

Focusing on the interdisciplinary aspect of quality healthcare, CREF offers Category 1 CME and CEU credits for the entire surgical team: perfusionists learn alongside nurses, surgeons, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists, and everyone leaves with a greater understanding and appreciation of the collaborative effort required to provide the best healthcare possible.

Audience Profile

CREF also attracts an incredibly diverse international audience of cardiac healthcare professionals. Participants have traveled from more than 50 countries to attend the meeting, and we enjoy a mix of perfusionists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, and biomedical professionals.

Conference Program

This annual continuing medical education conference focuses on the science, techniques, and technologies of cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal perfusion. Among perfusion conferences, CREF offers a scientific agenda you simply won't find anywhere else: in-depth presentations by leading experts in the field, hands-on training workshops, open “fireside” discussions with faculty moderators, panel and case discussions, and industry-sponsored Product Theaters on topics related to cardiovascular surgery and extracorporeal perfusion. CREF offers an impressive exhibit show that features the newest, hottest equipment and technology available on the market today.

CREF Perfusion Conference Highlights

Still wondering what sets CREF apart from other perfusion conferences? Here are a few important details:

  • Internationally renowned faculty speaking on topics relevant to your current and future practice
  • High CME and CEU totals, all for one low registration fee
  • Fun and educational eat-and-learn Product Theaters hosted by leading industry sponsors
  • A three-day exhibit show, featuring the latest products from industry leaders
  • Dynamic, hands-on workshops to meet a wide range of educational needs
  • An wide array of social activities for everyone to enjoy

Over the years, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium™ has continually adapted to meet the changing needs of the profession, but one thing remains the same: unlike other 2023 perfusion conferences, the CREF meeting’s sole purpose is to offer you the best continuing education you can find anywhere, at a reasonable cost, with the maximum number of CEUs needed to recertify, in a convenient, beautiful location that offers plenty to do in your free time.

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