Principles of echocardiography will be reviewed and advances will be demonstrated through lectures and case studies. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of basic and advanced echocardiography. Daily sessions will be devoted to state of the art lectures on advances in echocardiography and specific application to the following states:

  • Heart Failure
  • Interventional Echocardiography
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease and Strain Imaging

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply the recommendations for the echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricle function to clinical practice;
  2. Explain the role of echo in the treatment of heart failure;
  3. Use strain imaging to assess cardiac function in various pathological states;
  4. Discover updated methodology to assess diastolic function using the recently updated ASE guidelines;
  5. Assess patients with valvular disorders using the new ACC/AHA guidelines for valvular heart disease;
  6. Recognize different echocardiographic methods to assess Right Ventricular structure function.
  7. Cite the strengths and weakness of these techniques including complementary technologies: CT and MRI;
  8. Discuss the clinical classification of pulmonary hypertension, its implications for the patient and how echo can help in assessing its severity and guide management of patients with the condition;
  9. Evaluate how 3D echo works and express limitations and potential applications as it relates to daily practice and patient management;
  10.  Assess the uses of echo contrast agents (imaging enhancing agents) and how to incorporate the use of the agents into a busy echo lab;
  11. Review of varying disease states that can be evaluated with stress echo;
  12. Evaluate the role of echo in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with aortic stenosis;
  13. Recognize the pathology and the basics of echocardiographic assessment of patients with common congenital heart lesions;
  14. Review the role of echo in surgical and percutaneous treatments of aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation;
  15. Review the role of echo in new percutaneous treatment of tricuspid regurgitation;
  16. Review the role of echo in guiding other percutaneous procedures such as left atrial appendage closure and alcohol septal ablations.

Target Audience

This continuing medical education program is designed to meet the educational needs of cardiologists, cardiology fellows, anesthesiologists, surgeons, sonographers and nurses who have a need for echo expertise. A minimum of three months experience in echocardiography and knowledge of basic transesophageal anatomy
and physiology of the heart is required.

Accreditation statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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