Archives for May 2018

ASE 2018 Final Program Now Available

Want to know who is speaking and what else is happening? Download the ASE 2018 Final Program here. There is less than a month left to register for this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, June 22-26. With a wide-range of networking opportunities and dedicated educational tracks, this is a must-attend event for all cardiovascular ultrasound enthusiasts. Register today to join us in Nashville. For the most up-to-date program information, please download the ASE Courses app from the Google Play and Apple stores. There are only a few seats left in the 3D Echocardiography in CHD: Cropping of Data Sets Learning Lab. All the other Learning Labs are sold out. Don’t delay in signing up for this special session when you register for the Scientific Sessions.

Don’t Miss an Interactive Live Webinar on Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion/Exclusion Next Tuesday

Join Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews the recent state-of-the-art review on left atrial appendage occlusion/exclusion and procedural guidance with echocardiography in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. As the senior author, he will update you on how atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke.  Furthermore, he will discuss the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

Interested in this topic, but the scheduled time is not convenient for you? Register for the live webinar and an email will be sent to you once the recorded webinar (non-CME) is available in your content on ASEUniversity. You may then view it at your convenience.

ASE Retains AMA’s HOD Status

ASE is proud to announce that the Society has successfully met all the requirements needed to maintain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates.

As a member of the House of Delegates ASE:

  • Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA.
  • Has full delegate status which provides ASE with full representation before CPT/RUC.
    • This delegate role has contributed to some of ASE’s more recent, substantial advocacy successes.

This is a critical piece that allows ASE to work to protect echocardiography and provide your patients with access to necessary care.

For more detailed information, please read: The ABC’s of Payment for Cardiovascular Ultrasound Services and Why the AMA Matters.

ASE will continue to ensure your voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, coding, and reimbursement.

Thank you for joining the ASE and the AMA and making sure echo continues to have a strong voice!

Help Us Celebrate ASE’s 2018 Student Award Winners at the Scientific Sessions

The ASE Awards Committee has selected their student award winners for 2018. These winners will be recognized at the 29th Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN this June. A large number of entries were received this year, and here are the deserving selections:

  • Katanick Student Scholarship Award: Oksana Semkiv
  • Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Recipients: Jennifer Andrews, Veronica Dudek, Rochelle Graveline, Emily Hafner, Anita Keck, Jin Laudadio, Amanda Lewis, Meghan Lowe, Forrest Olson, Emily Tanel, Rachel Tutwiler, Summer Vandigo, Heather Wallace, Kassie Warren, and Jessica Wright
  • UltraEcho Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant: Amber Cyrus
  • Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grant: Randall Brown

All these student award winners are provided with a travel stipend and other financial assistance with grants from the ASE Foundation. Like to encourage this type of career support? Make a donation to the ASE Foundation today.

Richard E. Kerber Ethics/Humanitarian Lecture

The ASE Foundation is proud to recognize James Kirkpatrick, MD, FASE, from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, as the inaugural Richard E. Kerber Ethics/Humanitarian Lecturer. This annual lectureship has been established in memory of ASE Past President Richard E. Kerber, MD, FASE, who passed away in November of 2016. Dr. Kerber championed issues of morality and ethics and how medicine fits into the broader world. To honor his legacy, this annual lectureship will feature an ethical dilemma or humanitarian patient care activity. Dr. Kirkpatrick will present his lecture entitled “Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Echocardiography: What is Right and How Do We Do It?” during the Dilated Cardiomyopathies session at this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN. Plan to attend this session on Sunday, June 24th from 10:15 – 11:45 AM in the Tennessee Ballroom DE.

Register for an Interactive Live Webinar on Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion/Exclusion

Join Muhamed Saric, MD, PhD, FASE, on Tuesday, June 5 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews the recent state-of-the-art review on left atrial appendage occlusion/exclusion and procedural guidance with echocardiography in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. As the senior author, he will update the audience on how atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia worldwide and is a major risk factor for embolic stroke.  Furthermore, he will discuss the crucial role of two- and three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the pre- and postprocedural assessment and intraprocedural guidance of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

Interested in this topic, but the scheduled time is not convenient for you? Register for the live webinar and an email will be sent to you once the recorded webinar (non-CME) is available in your content on ASEUniversity. You can then view it at your convenience.

Intensive Experience with Experts at Echo Alaska

Echo on the Inside Passage of Alaska, July 21-28, 2018, offers an opportunity to take a dream vacation and earn CME at the same time. Course chair, Steven Lester, MD, FASE, has designed this inaugural course to offer participants nearly one-on-one education from first-class expert faculty, including Drs. Thomas Binder, Rekha Mankad, Sunil Mankad, Vera Rigolin, and William Zoghbi. The lectures will take place while the ship is at sea, so you won’t miss any of the amazing opportunities that sailing on the Inside Passage of Alaska offers. Download the Advance Program to see everything this unique course provides and register today! Receive a 25% discount on registration if you register two or more people. Email registrar@ASEcho.org for information.

Receive a Free 2019 Membership When You Recruit 5 New Members

Who makes ASE strong? You. 

  • You make ASE the largest voice in cardiovascular imaging in the world, now more than 17,000 strong.
  • You know the value of membership and can share it with your colleagues.
  • You can encourage them to join ASE to maintain the influence of the echo community.

Recruit one new member and you BOTH receive an ASE-branded PopSocket. Recruit five or more new members and your 2019 ASE membership will be FREE. Download a member recruiting toolkit and learn more by visiting ASEcho.org/MemberReferralProgram.

2018 Kalmanson Lecture

The ASE Foundation is honored to recognize Jan D’hooge, MSc, PhD, from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium as the 2018 Kalmanson Lecturer at this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN. Established in memory of Professor Daniel Kalmanson, a pioneer in the use of Doppler echocardiography, and funded through a grant from the International Cardiac Doppler Society (ICDS), this annual lectureship provides a forum for honoring worthy investigators while promoting research and education in cardiovascular Doppler ultrasound. Dr. D’hooge will present his lecture entitled “Technological Advances Driving a New Era for Tissue Doppler Imaging” during the Novel Concepts in Strain Joint ASE/EACVI symposium. Plan to attend this session on Sunday, June 24th from 1:15 – 2:45 PM in Presidential Ballroom D.

Right Heart Function Getting its Due in the May JASE

The May JASE, now online, includes nine clinical investigations on the topics of valvular heart disease, myocardial mechanics assessed during stress echocardiography, the athlete’s heart, three-dimensional echocardiography, and complex congenital heart disease along with a state-of-the-art review, “Stressing the Cardiopulmonary Vascular System: The Role of Echocardiography,” from Lawrence G. Rudski, MD, FASE, et al. “The clinical importance of right heart function is increasingly recognized,” Rudski said. “Just like the left heart, the right heart can be evaluated both at rest and under stress conditions. This state-of-the-art article reviews the methods and utility of different stress modalities in a variety of clinical conditions to evaluate the right ventricle and its coupling to its ‘afterload,’ the pulmonary vascular system.” Two “Letters to the Editor” look at the issue of whether it is time to revise the guidelines and recommendations for digital echocardiography. The blue pages explore what’s in store for cardiovascular ultrasound in the future and what’s on the schedule specifically for vascular ultrasound users at this year’s Scientific Sessions in Nashville. Also included is a moving tribute to sonographer Brian HaluskaPHD, MSC (HONS), MSC, RDCS, AMS, FASE, who recently passed away but who left an incredible and inspiring legacy.

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, in compliance with the Durham County North Carolina order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of coronavirus, the entire ASE staff will be working remotely through April 30. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through ASE@ASEcho.org. Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.