Echocardiography: Mastering the ASE Guidelines

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This CME program is a comprehensive self-study course designed for practicing Echocardiography physicians and interested clinicians wishing to update the interpretive and didactic skills necessary to manage patient results and interpret echocardiograms. The material will be presented in an on-line format where the student will apply knowledge of the ASE Guidelines and then participate in critical thinking exercises, clinical scenarios and image analysis in the form of online tests.

This course covers the following topics:

1) Chamber Qualifications
2) Evaluation of valvular regurgitation
3) Stress Echocardiography
4) Evaluation of valve stenosis
5) Performing multiplane transesophageal echocardiogram
6) Echocardiographic evaluation of LV diastolic function
7) Evaluation of prosthestic valves with echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound
8) Echocardiography assessment of right heart in adults
9) Appropriate use criteria for echocardiography

 

Disclosures: Faculty, Planning Committee members and the University of Arizona CME reviewers Drs. John Harris Jr and Sammy Campbell have no relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest.

Additional Course Information

 

+ Learning Objectives

 

1) Chamber Qualifications

2) Evaluation of valvular regurgitation

3) Stress Echocardiography

4) Evaluation of valve stenosis

5) Performing multiplane transesophageal echocardiogram

6) Echocardiographic evaluation of LV diastolic function

7) Evaluation of prosthestic valves with echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound

8) Echocardiography assessment of right heart in adults

9) Appropriate use criteria for echocardiography


+ Practice Gap

 

The main purpose of this activity is to provide physicians with access to educational tools based upon the ever-expanding set of guidelines established by the American Society of Echocardiography. The American Society of Echocardiography standards and guidelines change or expand several times per year regarding new techniques and protocols. These revisions reflect new clinical data, changes in test utilization patterns, and clarify echocardiography use where omissions or lack of clarity existed in the original criteria.

 

This program not only focuses on the didactic material contained within the American Society of Echocardiography Guidelines but also provides access to a significant volume of case based learning. Many physicians do not have access to pertinent clinical and case-based educational tools regarding the application and interpretation of echocardiograms. This course addresses formal requests by physicians practicing echocardiography as well as the changes put forth (referenced above) by the American Society of Echocardiography and will enable changes in Practice Competence and Patient Outcomes.


+ Needs Assessment Summary


MDT's Faculty believe that in this ever changing medical environment where imaging is heavily scrutinized, access to educational resources by all physicians is becoming ever more important to assure patient safety, reimbursement, credentialing and clinical proficiency. Echocardiography has become one of the most important tools for detecting problems with the heart valves (such as aortic stenosis or mitral valve prolapse) as well as evaluation of congenital heart disease. In an atmosphere of shrinking reimbursement, echo has also gained popularity as a viable "cross-training" discipline for physicians seeking additional subspecialties.

 

In 2011 the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography updated the guidelines for Appropriate Use Criteria in Echocardiography. These guidelines underwent significant change and were developed with input from the American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology Foundation Appropriate Use Criteria Task Force, American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Rhythm Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and the American College of Chest Physicians. The guidelines contain updated recommendations regarding the appropriateness of transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress echocardiography in an expanded number of clinical scenarios. (J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2011;24:229-67.)



+ More About the Author

 

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+ Accreditation Statement

 

 

Sponsored for CME by

 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center

 

ACCME/AMA PRA Accreditation Statement

 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the Joint Sponsorship of The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center and MD Training @home, LLC. The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Arizona College of Medicine at the Arizona Health Sciences Center designates this

Echocardiography: Mastering the ASE Guidelines Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Release Date:  6/1/12 for a period of 2 years. 

Expiration Date:  5/31/14


Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

UA Continuing Medical Education

 PO Box 245121

 Tucson, AZ, 85724-5121

(520)626-7832

FAX (520)626-2427

 

uofacme@u.arizona.edu

www.ocme.arizona.edu


+ Method of Participation

 

The course consists of six online components: The ASE Guidelines as referenced in the learning objectives and five seperate sections designed to enhance the participants critical thinking skills in relation to those guidelines. Guideline competency is measured and accomplished via a mixture of interactive clinical and case based questions and answer. These materials will be presented in an on-line format where the student will interact with the didactic, image and video based materials within MD Training @home's web based eLearning cloud, axion. The program requires no specialized connection or software and supports all major browsers on PC and Mac platforms.


 

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