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Transthoracic Echocardiography Course (ECHO)

Course Name Transthoracic Echocardioraphy Course (ECHO)
Description

Practical Course: 
This workshop is a one morning symposium directed to anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, surgeons, intensivists, and nurse practitioners interested in further training in echocardiogram. The course offers the opportunity to learn and perform some of the diagnostic, therapeutic, and prophylactic tools to optimize the management of critically ill and injured patients.

The seminar will be divided in two parts:

The first part will be the didactics. This consists of two hours of lectures about the physiology of ultrasound, echocardiographic views and measurements.

The second part will be the hands-on session. Ideally there will be a maximum of six students per ultrasound instructor. We will need the Phased Array probe. The hands-on part will be performed on human volunteers, in whom different views of the heart will be obtained.

General Objective Teach the technique of echocardiogram for the evaluation of fluid status, and cardiac function of critically ill patients.
Specific Objectives
  1. Discuss the basic principles of ultrasound physics, instrumentation, and image acquisition,
  2. Discuss the basic principles of transthoracic echocardiography, instrumentation, standard views, image acquisition, and cardiac measurements,
  3. Describe and perform a practical approach to echocardiographic evaluation of shock and cardiac dysfunction.
Target Audience
(who should attend)
Trauma Surgeons
General Surgeons
Emergency Physician
Intensivist
Anesthesiologist
EMS Provider
Residents
Students
Course Agenda
 TIME
8:00 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:15 
9:15 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 1:30 pm
1:30 - 2:00 
 ACTIVITY:
Registration & pretest
Introduction
Lung windows
break
Views of echo-evaluation of vena cava
Case with images
Hands-on stations
Post test & certification
Manual Available in the following languages:
English
Spanish
Administration to students onsite
Pre-Test Onsite Administration
Post-Test Onsite Administration
Evaluation Form Onsite Administration
Certificate Onsite Administration (if paid pre-course)
E-mail Administraion (if paid post-course)
Course Duration 1/2 day
Course Director & Faculty

Paula Ferrada, MD
paula.ferrada@vcuhealth.org
804.316.6822

Local Coordinator Each course will be assigned a coordinator. The course coordinator can be local or international.
Number of Participants ratio of instructors/students:  1/6
Cost & Logistic Information Please contact Paula Ferrada, MD, paula.ferrada@vcuhealth.org for more information on course fee and logistics.

 

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