Clinical Echocardiography Course (CME Pending)

traumaThe Clinical Echocardiography Course is a one day course that covers all the primary applications of emergency echocardiogrphy. The course is arranged so lectures are given in the morning with concentrated hands on lab experience in the afternoon. The lab uses live models for a realistic training experience and we provide faculty coverage to ensure a significant hands on experience for each participant.

 

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Upon completion of the Clinical Echocardiography Course, participants will be able to :

1) Demonstrate the ability to properly operate an ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain adequate image quality.

2) Acquire cardiac ultrasound images in multiple planes

3) Acquire ultrasound images used to determine right and left heart size and cardiac function, evaluate for wall motion abnormalities, evaluate valvular abnormalities.

4) Understand how to use ultrasound to evaluate life threatening cardiac pathology. 

Clicnal Echocardiography Course
Sample Agenda
0730-0745 Introduction - Becoming and Echo Expert
Where we have been and where we are going
0745-0815 Tips and Tricks of Advanced Echo Imaging
Optimizing the 2D image, MMode, spectral Doppler, color Doppler. Additional views that make a difference.
0815-0845 Size, Geometry and Function of the Left Ventricle
Simple methods to grade systolic and diastolic left ventricular function. Detecting dilated and hypertrophic Cardiomyopathies and left ventricular hypertrophy.
0845-0900 Break
0900-0945 Left Ventricular Function - From Theory to Practice
Clinical examples, Scenarios where left ventricular function is important, visual estimation of left ventricular function in different settings, training the eye - practice session.
0945-1000 Break
1045-1145 Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Myocardial Infarctions
How to detect regional wall motion abnormalities. Patterns of myocardial infarction. Differential diagnosis.
1045-1105

Complications of Myocardial Infarction
Left ventricular thrombus, ischemic VSD, myocardial rupture, papillary muscle rupture.

1105-1145 The Right Heart
Right ventricular function, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension.
1145-1245 Lunch
1245-1415 Mitral and Aortic Regurgitation
What causes regurgitation? Detecting regurgitation, Understanding the nature of color Doppler jets, quantifying regurgitation, Clinical examples - practice session.
1415-1435

Endocarditis
When to suspect endocarditis, typical features, complications, differential diagnosis

1435-1500 Pericardial Effusion and Tamponade
Typical features of pericardial effusion, types of effusion, does effusion cause hemodynamic impairment?
1500-1800 Training Lab