EKGaction Key Features
EKG Learning Bank
Learn essentials and nuances from a bank of 200 thoroughly-indexed cases which provide examples of every ABIM-style answer choice that is defined in EKG Review.
Learning Points accompany each case and are joined by additional (collateral) EKGs that highlight valuable insight.
EKG Review presents an organized approach to EKG interpretation in 17 Steps.
Choose a Quick Quiz case to present when you want to spark an action potential on rounds.
Prepare for a certification examination under testing conditions of 60 EKG cases in 180 minutes.
Identify all the diagnoses directly in the site, have your submission graded immediately, and view the correct answers. Take notes on or flag any EKG to review later and to ensure you retain what you've learned. Use unique calipers during EKG interpretation.
Two Subscription Options
EKGaction educational content is available as an individual subscription or an institutional subscription. With an institutional subscription, institutions can sponsor the accounts of their trainees and professional staff, monitor their progress, and use EKGaction's cases as a teaching tool.
Past Results Tabulation
An individual’s past 5 results, minimum score, and mean score are recorded for each case to identify areas needing concentration and to track improvement.
Quality Assurance (QA)
Completing EKGaction’s educational material allows the subscriber to document competence in EKG interpretation and allows an institution to assure quality among its sponsored individuals.
How it Works
Trainees and professional staff
- Register for an Individual Account.
- Activate your account, following the steps provided in the FAQ
- Begin your training with the Learning Cases which provide the instruction and clinical insight needed for advanced EKG interpretation.
- Next, hone your skills with the Supplemental Cases which reinforce what you’ve learned and provide valuable acumen.
- Then, test what you’ve learned under cardiovascular board exam conditions with the Practice Test.
- Finally, use the Past Results Tabulation to identify areas needing concentration, to track improvement and to document competence.
- Register for an Institutional Account.
- Activate your account by making a payment of $249. This will give you access to all the educational material for one year.
- You can choose to sponsor your trainees and/or professional staff for $69 per individual. This will give them access to the educational material for one year at no additional cost to them.
- Monitor the performance of the trainees and professional staff you sponsor to help instruct trainees and ensure MoC/QA for professional staff.
Why Choose Us?
EKGaction produces results
Since 2005, using the EKGaction teaching method has improved Cardiology Fellows' interpretation skills and testing scores by integrating clinical pearls into case presentations.
Our EKGs cover all 89 ABIM-style answer choices
This means that on test day you will have had direct experience with every possible answer choice to ensure you are fully prepared.By taking a closer look with EKGaction success on the board exam is within your grasp.
Our EKGs are great to learn from
We have chosen our EKGs from hundreds of thousands of EKGs over a 40-year career. They are selected for the insight they bring to EKG interpretation. Use the extensive case index systems to find a tracing that brings every EKG diagnosis to life.
EKG Review, condensed provides an organized framework for the trainee and a review of points to highlight in EKG interpretation for the practitioner.
Quick Quiz by EKGaction can provide that something extra
There are times when something extra is needed to drive home an important point. When preparing for rounds, choose a Quick Quiz case that serves this purpose. Make learning fun!
There are two payment options for an EKGaction subscription.
The first is an individual subscription for $99 for one year.
The second is an institutional subscription $249/year plus $69/year for each trainee and professional staff (individual) the institution wishes to sponsor. For example, an institution with 10 individuals would pay $249 + (10 x $69) = $939. Thus, there is one financial transaction that includes both the institution and its sponsored individuals. When setting up an institutional account the institution creates an Activation Key. Each sponsored individual must then create an individual account, register using their institution’s name, click Sign up, and accept the Terms and Conditions. At the bottom of the next page, the individual will enter the sponsoring Institution Name and Activation Key to Verify institutional membership. This is only required for initial Sign up. Thereafter, logging into the educational material requires only user name and password. In this way both the institution and the sponsored individuals can have access to the educational material and the sponsoring institution can monitor the work of the sponsored individual.
“Fundamental skills are the foundation for greatness as an astute diagnostician and clinician. These skills cannot be replaced by CT scanners or laboratory tests. One of the great windows to the soul is the electrocardiogram. Dr. Schiavone’s unique approach to case-based learning allows trainees to become uniquely qualified to become quite proficient in the interpretation of electrocardiography. I was fortunate to work with Dr. Schiavone as an intern, and his techniques have stayed with me throughout my career. Learning the reason an electrocardiogram looks as it does, rather than trying to memorize patterns, has helped me throughout my career as a vascular medicine specialist.”
Michael R. Jaff, DO
President, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA
“The EKG quiz administered by Dr. Schiavone was one of the highlights of my cardiology fellowship training. It allowed the fellows to learn advanced EKG skills in a fun, competitive environment. It also opened the door for ongoing discussions among the fellows themselves and between the fellows and the attending physicians. These discussions further sharpened the fellows’ EKG skills and advanced their learning in an innovative way. I started a similar EKG competition for the fellows at my institution and it has been as enjoyable to be the teacher as it has been the learner.”
Chafik Assal, MD
Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Department
Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV
"Dr. Schiavone's quiz was an instrumental part of my electrocardiography training at Cleveland Clinic. Not only did it prepare me well for the ABIM exam, but it also provided me with a repeatable framework and approach to interpreting complicated EKGs in my clinical practice in electrophysiology. Dr. Schiavone is a phenomenal and enthusiastic teacher, and I couldn't be more thrilled that he's adapting his EKG quiz into a teaching website for widespread use. I expect it will be a must for all medical residents and cardiology fellows going forward."
Erich Kiehl, MD
Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk, VA
"As a cardiology fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, I was very lucky to be trained by Dr. Schiavone. His phenomenal EKG teaching skills and his thoughtful, competitive, well-designed and mind-stimulating EKG quizzes were very well received by all the fellows in our program. They were fun, enjoyable and always pushed us to work and think harder. Even when you had the right answer, there was always something more to learn. As faculty, I currently use some of his EKGs to teach my medical students, residents and fellows. I have no doubts that this website will be a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to learn about EKG. I know I will personally be using it to teach my trainees."
Mohamed B. Elshazly, MD, FACC
Cardiologist & Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine, Doha, Qatar
“I first met Dr. Schiavone when I came to Cleveland Clinic as an Imaging Fellow in 1989. It was clear that his reputation as an excellent teacher was well justified. His trainees learned how to properly examine a patient and interpret the EKG. Dr. Schiavone’s website reflects the method of EKG education he developed when teaching medical residents and cardiology fellows. It is based around active learning—the learner must engage and connect—and in so doing, learn the ‘right way.’ In this website Dr. Schiavone shows common mimics and discusses confusing points about EKG interpretation. I urge you to take the time to review his material, and make your own conclusions.”
Thomas H. Marwick, MBBS, PhD, MPH
Director and Chief Executive, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Associate Editor at JACC and Deputy Editor at JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging
Editorial Board at American Heart Journal
Editorial Board at Heart
"I have known Dr. Schiavone since 2007 when he was faculty at Geisinger Medical Center. As his cardiology fellow I learnt a lot from him. He is an excellent teacher and lifetime mentor for me. I am excited to see his ongoing passion and dedication to share his knowledge and to see his famous EKG course now offered in an online digital format. Its interactive case-based format can be a resource for residents, mid-level providers, internists and cardiologists wanting to hone their EKG interpretation skills."
Aarush Manchanda MD, FACC, FASNC
Faculty & Non-invasive Cardiologist
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
UMass Amherst Medical School-affiliate
"Dr. Schiavone taught me to read the story of the patient in his EKG. The great mind of a teacher: each week Dr. Schiavone challenged his fellows with an EKG. Each EKG a story to read from deflections and waves, spikes and intervals. Training inquisitive minds to capture the hint and write the story."
Alessandra Brofferio, MD,
National Institutes of Health
“As a first year fellow over a decade ago, I remember waiting for the EKG quiz question hosted by Dr. Schiavone each week & then waiting again with bated breath for the results that went up early Monday morning. They were always unique EKGs with lots to learn from. A great mentor & dedicated teacher, he is still passionate about teaching EKGs and recently traveled hundreds of miles to share his EKG collection with our current fellows. This website will serve to share his work with all those who cannot receive it firsthand. I look forward to a refresher course myself. I highly recommend it to any inquisitive mind in cardiology.”
Vernon Mascarenhas, MD, FACC
Director, Non-Invasive Cardiology
EKGaction is a fantastic resource that presents EKGs in a way that made me excited to learn and look forward to the next case. Physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) can benefit from this program in many ways. As we are trained to look at the whole patient, the story is incomplete without a correct EKG interpretation. At one of my practice sites I am often the only cardiology clinician in the clinic. This program gives me additional background and experience to be more confident in my EKG interpretation before the reading is finalized by the cardiologist. There are nuances that only someone with experience can teach, and Dr. Schiavone has taken time to explore this for PAs and NPs who are looking to build a strong EKG foundation. The EKGaction flow of thinking teaches good habits, is easy to follow, and each case ends with learning points provided instantly after your answers are submitted. I highly recommend EKGaction to any cardiology PA or NP looking to improve their diagnostic skills quickly and effectively.
Laura Ross PA-C, MPAS, AACC
Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center
Treasurer, the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiology (APAC)