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Introduction to Adult Echocardiography

Course Code: ECD-131
Location: St. Pete Beach, FL - 4615 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Available Date(s):  March 11-15, 2013   |  July 22-26, 2013   |  December 9-13, 2013   |  Apr. 28 - May. 2, 2014   |  Jul. 28 - Aug. 1, 2014   |  December 8-12, 2014
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Advanced Registration: $2,485.00*
Regular Registration:  $2,585.00

*The Advanced Registration fee is honored if payment is made/postmarked 21 days or more prior to the beginning date of the program
A $100.00 late fee will apply if registering less than or equal to 7 Days before the course.

40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
38 Category A ASRT credit(s)
Also meets CME requirements for ARDMS

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Number of Attendees:

Please call 1.800.619.1900
to register for this course.

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Course Description

The hands-on Intro to Adult Echocardiography Course is designed to provide a strong foundation to perform and/or interpret adult cardiac ultrasound examinations in accordance with ASE ultrasound practice guidelines.  This unique program is taught by leading echocardiography experts and includes lectures, interactive case studies, and extensive hands-on scanning, featuring a 3:1 ratio with live models. Interactive interpretation sessions using an audience response system.  This hands-on cardiac ultrasound training course includes the review of 200+ cases to improve the learners’ ability to recognize commonly seen pathology and improve diagnostic confidence.  The Introduction to Adult Echocardiography Seminar is approved for 40.0 AMA PRA Category 1™ credits (also meets ARDMS and ICAEL CME requirements).  In addition, the adult cardiac ultrasound training workshop is approved for 38.0 Category A ASRT Credits.

This comprehensive, Introduction to Adult Echocardiography course will increase knowledge and competence to immediately begin integrating the skill learned into clinical practice. "Experience the Difference in Ultrasound Education!"

Objectives & Topics

At the completion of the program the participant should be able to:

  1. Increase the participant’s knowledge to better perform and/or interpret Echocardiography examinations.
  2. Demonstrate proper transducer manipulation and system optimization to produce diagnostic images (sonographer) and recognize potential imaging errors. (Physician)
  3. Demonstrate routine scan protocols to evaluate an adult patient using 2D/M-Mode/Color Flow & Doppler echocardiographic techniques and demonstrate appropriate measurements. Identify normal/abnormal characteristics of 2D cardiac anatomy and explain the role of cardiac Doppler and the necessary qualitative/quantitative measurements.
  4. Identify the ultrasound findings associated with valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, ischemic heart disease,pericardial disease and cardiac masses.
  5. List the latest imaging techniques in quantification of right and left ventricle wall motion. Document findings and apply standarized guidelines during complilation of an Echocardiography worksheet (sonographer) and dictated report (Physician).
  6. List the steps necessary for system optimization during contrast echo imaging.
  7. Increase confidence to incorporate protocols, techniques & interpretation criteria to improve diagnostic/treatment accuracy.
  • Imaging fundamentals
  • Heart anatomy/electrocardiography
  • 2D/M Mode characterization of cardiac anatomy
  • M-Mode and 2D measurements
  • Fundamentals of Doppler (Pulsed, CW and CFI)
  • Comprehensive 2D and Doppler echocardiogram
  • Mitral valve/Aortic valve disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Doppler eval. of MVD & AVD
  • Right heart disease
  • Live demo: Comprehensive echocardiography examination
  • Interpretation workshop
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diastolic function/contrast
  • Pericardial disease/ Cardiac masses
  • Hands-on sessions

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Target Audience/Course Pre-Requisites
This hands-on adult echo course is intended for any medical professional involved with performing emergency ultrasound examinations. Participants may include (but is not limited to): emergency, trauma, critical care, surgeons, hospitalists, internal medicine, primary care physicians, PA’s and sonographers. Back to top
Course Instructors

Richie Palma, BS, RDCS, RCS, APS, FASE

Daniel Bourque, MS, RCS

Theresa Jorgensen RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director/planner and reviewer, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Theresa Jorgensen, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Manager and reviewer, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Program Manager, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Continuing Education Credits
The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the ASRT for 38 Category A continuing education credit. Note: ASRT credits are accepted by the ARRT as Category A credits.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation. Back to top

Advanced Registration: $2,485.00*
Regular Registration:  $2,585.00

*The Advanced Registration fee is honored if payment is made/postmarked 21 days or more prior to the beginning date of the program
A $100.00 late fee will apply if registering less than or equal to 7 Days before the course.
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Number of Attendees:

Please call 1.800.619.1900
to register for this course.
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