Many medical students find studying the ECG to be a tedious and daunting task. This should not be the case. While the ECG does indeed contain a wealth of important information that can will be more deeply understood by experienced interpreters, every ECG reader can learn to recognize the most important and basic findings of the common ECG patterns. With a modest investment of time, you will learn to recognize the 15 to 20 most common ECG diagnoses – these ECGs will account for majority of the clinical patterns that you will encounter in clinical practice.

This series focuses on the clinical scenarios that are informed by “classic ECGs” – learning about the important cardiovascular diseases and conditions through a focus on the ECG.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • To correctly interpret an abnormal ECG with respect to rate, rhythm, axis, intervals, and morphology.
  • To identify the clinical and pathological cardiovascular abnormalities associated with the ECG.
  • To recognize rhythm and rate abnormalities associated with the ECG in a clinical context.
  • To define therapeutic options for patients presenting with the ECG series associated with the ECG abnormalities.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close that tab.


Estimated time to Complete: 50 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .5
Expiration date: March 7, 2021
Publication date: March 8, 2018

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Course Author

Lawrence W Gimple, MD

Dr. Gimple isĀ an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology.
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