Your ASEF Donations In Action!

An integral component of ASE’s educational meetings is the presentation of original research on the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound. Donations made to Research Investigator Support allow the ASE Foundation to fund the Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition, which recognizes non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project of original research.
Being able to recognize exceptional work of young researchers is very important because, as you know, young researchers are the heart and future of our field! Please join ASEF in congratulating this year’s finalists!

  • Michele H. Clouse, RDCS, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA – Fetal Brain Resistance is Abnormal in Neonates with Coarctation of the Aorta Despite Antegrade Aortic Arch Flow
  • Natalie Edwards, ACS, AMS, FASE, Prince Charles Hospital, Queensland, Australia – Resting Global Myocardial Work Derived from Non-Invasive Left Ventricular Pressure-Strain Loops Discriminates Between True Positive and False Positive Exercise Stress Echocardiography
  • Gilda Kadiu, RDCS, FASE, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI – Left Ventricle Longitudinal Excursion in Children Following Heart Transplantation: Utility of Tissue Motion Annular Displacement Index
  • Daniel L. McCullough, RDCS, FASE, Mayo Clinic, Millville, MN – Real Time Myocardial Perfusion Stress Echocardiography: A Practice Implementation Pilot

The competition will take place Sunday, June 23rd from 3:30 – 5:00pm in Portland Ballroom 253-254.

Great Deal on Comprehensive TTE Slides for Echo Training

Comprehensive TTE Instrumentation and Comprehensive TTE Protocol Teaching Slides are  available for purchase on ASEUniversity.org for only $16 per set for ASE members! These PowerPoint slide sets contain all the figures and videos from the new ASE Comprehensive TTE guideline document and are designed by expert educators to allow individuals to use them as a set or to select slides to insert into other presentations. Your purchase permits you to use these slide sets for teaching presentations, personal review, or a myriad of other uses (with appropriate citation). ASE has priced these modestly to encourage all schools, teaching programs, educators, etc. to update their materials with these state-of-the art protocols and references.

ASE Scientific Sessions Celebrates 30 Years of Innovation and Record Number of Research Posters

ASE will host its 30th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 21-25, 2019, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The sessions have been specifically designed to provide superb education and clinical integration on cutting-edge technology like 4D imaging, multimodality imaging, the use of artificial intelligence, strain, and the use of echocardiography in heart failure, assessment of valve disease, and cardio-oncology. In addition, the conference will highlight the exponential growth in the scope of the field with a focus on point of care ultrasound, along with vascular, perioperative, and pediatric advances. A record number of 476 research posters, including oral and moderated presentations, will be featured at this premier cardiovascular imaging conference. The Final Program is online and can be downloaded at ASEScientificSessions.org. In addition, the ASE Courses App is continuously updated with detailed session information. Attendance at this conference can fulfill certification and accreditation requirements for general medical education or echo-specific CME/MOC content needs. Read more here.

Next Twitter Journal Club – Tuesday, May 28

Interact with your colleagues in our next Twitter Journal Club on Tuesday, May 28, from 8:00 – 9:00 PM US EST. May’s Twitter Journal Club will review the latest Guidelines for the Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Percutaneous Valve Repair or Replacement.

Follow @ASE360, and please plan to join ASE’s journal club. Be sure to use the hashtag #ASEchoJC for all tweets. Click here to find out when the Twitter Journal Club is taking place in your timezone. If you have any questions on this event, please contact us here.

ASE Cares Campaign

ASE announced its ASE Cares campaign earlier this week. This campaign was conceived by incoming ASE President, Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, to provide wellness initiatives, including both physical and virtual resources, for ASE members. A Task Force, led by Erin Michos, MD, FASE, has been established to provide guidance on best practices, resources, position statements, and advocacy on these issues for our members. The goal of this campaign is to promote the well-being of all cardiovascular ultrasound professionals in their communities, identify and respond to emerging well-being challenges, and foster opportunities for social connection. If you have ideas for how this Task Force can help make a difference in your life or the lives of your colleagues, please email us at ASECares@ASEcho.org.

Last Week to Order Signed Copy of Zoobiquity

Next Tuesday, May 28th is the last day to pre-order your copy of New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz’s book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. There will only be a limited number of books available for purchase at the ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions.

Dr. Natterson-Horowitz will be signing books at the ASE Foundation Booth on Sunday, June 23rd from 2:45 – 3:30 PM. You do not want to miss this opportunity to meet the author! Be sure to pre-order by May 28th on ASE Marketplace to ensure a copy is waiting for you in Portland. 100% of the $25 purchase is treated as a donation to the ASE Foundation.

ASE Is Here To Help You With Your Coding Questions

ASE is committed to providing our members with the tools and resources needed to ensure they are coding accurately, maintaining compliance with all requirements, and maximizing appropriate revenues.

Click here to see the most frequently asked coding questions. The 2019 ASE Coding Newsletter is now available. ASE also retains a coding expert that you may link to on-demand, directly through the Coding and Reimbursement page, available from both the Advocacy and Practice Management web pages.

New Guidelines Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-Based Valve Interventions

Valvular regurgitation is a prevalent cardiac disorder, in which one or more of the heart’s valves “leak,” often leading to extra burdens on the heart muscle and requiring treatment. Catheter-based interventions to treat Valvular Heart Disease (VHD) have increased over the past few years with the advent of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), edge-to-edge mitral valve repair, and other investigative devices to repair or replace diseased valves. Guidelines to assess the results of these interventions are lacking , but a new document, Guidelines for the Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Percutaneous Valve Repair or Replacement: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography Developed in Collaboration with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Japanese Society of Echocardiography, and Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, provides a resource to guide clinicians in best practices for approaching valvular regurgitation after repair or replacement of a valve. This document supplements the previously published guideline Recommendations for Evaluation of Prosthetic Valves with Echocardiography and Doppler Ultrasound. Read more here.

Weissman Named 2019 Mentorship Award Winner

ASE Past President, Neil J. Weissman, MD, FASE, from MedStar Health, Washington D.C., has been named as this year’s recipient of ASE’s Mentorship Award. The Mentorship Award recognizes a senior physician or sonographer who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship within ASE. The Mentorship Award specifically acknowledges individuals who help younger members advance within our Society and thus cultivated ASE’s future leaders. Dr. Weissman is being honored for his work as Chair of the Governance Taskforce which initiated the first ASE Leadership Academy to mentor rising leaders and his active and ongoing tutelage of other Society leaders.

Dr. Weissman will be recognized as the ASE Mentorship Award Recipient during the Awards Presentations and Edler Lecture Plenary Session on Saturday, June 22, at ASE 2019 in Portland, OR.

Register for the FREE Live Webinar on Overview of the 2019 ACC/AHA/ASE Advanced Training Statement on Echocardiography

Join ASE Past President Susan E. Wiegers, MD, FASE, on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET for a live webinar as she reviews the recently published Advanced Training Statement on Echocardiography. Dr. Wiegers served as Co-chair of the document and will use this expertise to cover the difference between Level 2 and Level 3 training, the requirements for a Level 3 training program, and the flexibility within those programs. Topics covered will include the concept of competency based education and evaluation, the minimum recommended procedural numbers, and the pathway for training in three or four years. General cardiovascular program directors, echo training directors, trainees, and recent graduates will learn the updated recommendations to achieve Level 3 competence in Echo. Registration is FREE for anyone who wants to participate in this event.

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 is available in your content on ASEUniversity. You may then view it at your convenience.