Confident ECG Interpretation: Pre-Course Activity


This is the pre-course component of ECG Interpretation Course. Participants of this course are REQUIRED to complete the pre-course activity before going to the face-to-face sessions.


This course is facilitated by cardiologists from the University of Calgary Cardiac Sciences. The course is designed for family physicians and others wishing to upgrade their ECG interpretation skills, ECG-certified family physicians and hospitalists looking for a refresher in this area, family physicians preparing to write the CPSA ECG Interpretation Examination. It will provide a review of basic 12-lead ECG interpretation skills required for family physicians.

Participants will watch a series of podcasts, completing related online ECG interpretation exercises, experiencing a full day of face-to-face learning activities including short lectures and a rotation of small group case discussions.


It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.

‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.

‘RESUME LEARNING”: Please be aware that it will take you several hours to complete the modules. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.


After participating in this course, when reviewing a patient’s 12-lead ECG, participants will be equipped to:

  • Correctly determine rate, rhythm and axis on an ECG
  • Diagnose right and/or left ventricular hypertrophy and bundle branch block on an ECG
  • Identify findings suggestive of ischemia on an ECG
  • Correctly diagnose myocardial infarction on an ECG including whether it is acute, subacute, or old
  • Accurately diagnose atrial and ventricular tachyarrhythmias
  • Identify bradycardia
  • Identify pacemaker activity on an ECG and determine if pacemaker function appears normal
  • Identify ST and T wave changes seen in common non-cardiac presentations such as: pulmonary embolism, electrolyte abnormalities, drug effect, and CNS events


This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 8.0 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants may claim a maximum of 8.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.


Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial support.
  • Faculty disclosure
Faculty Credentials Disclosure
Robin Clegg MD FRCPC Nothing to declare
Ronald Gorsche MD CCFP Nothing to declare
Bryan Har MD FRCPC, MPH Advisory Board: Astra Zeneca
Vikas Kuriachan MD FRCPC FCCS FHRS FACC Honoraria: Bayer, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Servier
Advisory Board: Abbott, Bayer, Medronic, Servier
Grants: Abbott, Medronic
Patents: Apparatus for stabilizing /fixating medical device leads  (provisional patent application)
L. Brent Mitchell MD Nothing to declare
Russell Quinn MB BCh MRCP CCST Honoraria: Bayer,
Advisory Board: Bayer, Servier,
Clinical Trial Funding: Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim
Jacques Rizkallah MD FRCPC Nothing to declare
Glen Sumner MD FRCPC Honoraria: Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott
Advisory Board: Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Device Trials: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Funded Grants: Canadian Arrhythmia Institute/C-SPIN (Syncope Community Approach)
Sarah Weeks MD FRCPC Nothing to declare
George Veenhuyzen MD  FRCPC Honoraria: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer
Advisory Board: Abbot, Boehringer Ingelheim, Servier


Russell Quinn BA BM BCh MRCP PhD (Co-Chair)
Bryan Har MD FRCPC, MPH (Co-Chair)
Ronald Gorsche MD CCFP
Sarah Weeks MD FRCPC
Leslie Poirier MN ACNP RN
Chloe Burnett MSc MEd (CME Representative)