Don’t Miss Dr. Madhav Swaminathan’s August Presidential Blog

I have often said that it is easy to stand on the shoulders of giants. It is adapted from Sir Issac Newton’s 1675 expression, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

I have had the extraordinary fortune to have had many giants, on whose broad shoulders I humbly stand. Many great leaders at the ASE supported and encouraged a plan to not just endorse, but live a core value of diversity by choosing an anesthesiologist to lead the Society. I am, but the result of that effort. Foremost among them is Pamela Douglas, MD, FASE, who became ASE’s first woman president in 2001. Her commitment to diversity in leadership is unparalleled. She has been a fantastic mentor to me as I traveled this path towards the presidency. Neil Weissman, MD, FASE, another ASE past president, truly believed that this was the right move for the ASE to make. Susan Wiegers, MD, FASE, and Joseph Kisslo, MD, FASE, added their support behind this effort. But none of their efforts would have been possible without those who paved the way for anesthesiologists to be visible and respected contributors in the team sport of echocardiography. Joseph Mathew, MD, FASE, Sol Aronson, MD, FASE, and Jonathan Mark, MD, FASE, were pioneers in the field and made perioperative echocardiography prominent enough to be recognized by the ASE as a valuable addition to the team. Robin Wiegerink, ASE’s CEO, who is the most tireless champion for excellence in the field, has been a pillar of strength for the ASE and its leaders, and the glue that binds the organization. Read more here.

Expand Your Knowledge on Diastology

Are you looking to learn more about diastology or know someone who is? ASE offers 2nd Edition Best of ASE, Volume 1: Introduction to Diastology and Assessing Left Ventricular Diastolic Function, both available as DVD or as an online course.

Visit ASEMarketPlace.com to see all of ASE’s educational resources, and do not forget to log in to get member pricing and take advantage of an additional 20% off all ASE products during the month of August. At checkout, please use code ENDOFSUMMER2019 to receive your discount.

Take Five Minutes to Change the Course of ASE in 2020

In an effort to understand the needs of our members, ASE is requesting some quick feedback from you regarding the Society’s current Strategic Goals and member resources. Your input will help shape the next Strategic Plan, which will debut in 2020. This survey will gather your thoughts and opinions to help ASE build a future of value to you and other members of our medical community. Your voice matters!

Complete this short 16-question survey, by August 5, and enter to win a free 2020 ASE membership. Second place will receive a $100 Visa Gift card. Be sure to provide your name and email at the end of the survey to be entered in the drawing. Thank you for your time and feedback!

Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership: A Discussion with Madhav Swaminathan

ASE President Madhav Swaminathan, MD, FASE, joined Radcliffe Cardiology’s podcast, Parralax hosted by Ankur Karla, MD, for a dynamic conversation about diversity, inclusion, and leadership. Dr. Swaminathan shares how he works to create an inclusive platform with opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds. They also discuss positive traits of leadership, why we should embrace failure, and the importance of mentorship throughout all stages of one’s medical career. Listen here.

Need to Cram Before the ACS Exam?

ASE has the best study tool available if you are planning to take the Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS) examination in August. This guide was designed by accomplished expert sonographers and ACS imaging specialists. It includes a video and workbook set that has 20 modules on a variety of topics. The workbook correlates with each lecture providing a question and answer section for each module. The final workbook chapters include two 180-question mock exams designed to test your overall knowledge and skill set in preparing you to take the ACS Registry Exam with success.To learn more about the ACS Registry Review Guide, click here.

Visit ASEMarketPlace.com to see all of ASE’s educational resources, and do not forget to login to your member portal to take advantage of your member discount.

Soak Up the Sun at Echo Hawaii

It’s time to plan ahead and join us for the 30th Annual Echo Hawaii, January 20-24, 2020, on the beautiful Kohala Coast at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. The average high temperature in January is 81 degrees Fahrenheit which is a full 10 degrees warmer than most other Hawaiian islands at this time of year. And, the Kohala Coast only receives nine inches of rain a year and offers everything you desire like dependable sunshine, superb sandy beaches, warm turquoise fish-filled waters, swaying coconut palms, and pristine rain forests. A few Big Island attractions include Volcanoes National Park, Parker Ranch, Mauna Kea Observatory, Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls, and Hapuna Beach State Park.

Expert U.S. and international faculty will discuss state-of-the-art technologies with a particular focus on how they may be effectively applied in the clinical setting. Echo Hawaii Abstract Submissions will open September 1. Visit the website to review all the details for 2020’s Call to Science on the Big Island. Download the Advance Program and register today.

Nominations for Society Awards Deadline Approaching

Do you have a teacher and/or mentor whose impact you can still feel? ASE is looking for those excellent instructors/mentors to honor them at the 31st Annual Scientific Sessions in Denver, Colorado, June 2020. Check out the links below to see how you may nominate someone (or yourself!) for an award.

Make sure you do not miss the upcoming deadline of August 1, 2019. If you have any questions, or want to submit a nomination, contact Awards@ASEcho.org.

ASE’s New Strategic Plan Needs Your Input

In an effort to understand the needs of our members, ASE is requesting some quick feedback from you regarding the Society’s current Strategic Goals and member resources. Your input will help shape the next Strategic Plan, which will debut in 2020. This survey will gather your thoughts and opinions to help ASE build a future of value to you and other members of our medical community. Your voice matters!

Complete this short 16 question survey, by August 5, and enter to win a free 2020 ASE membership. Be sure to provide your name and email at the end of the survey to be entered in the drawing. Thank you for your time and feedback!

Echo Florida Features Great Opportunity for Interaction with Faculty

ASE’s 8th Annual Echo Florida course is a comprehensive review of cardiovascular ultrasound in clinical practice. The course takes place October 13-15, 2019 with a preconference Learning Lab available October 12, at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World® in Orlando, FL. Course Director, Gerard P. Aurigemma, MD, FASE, Co-Director Linda D. Gillam, MD, FASE, and Learning Lab Director, Matt Umland, ACS, RDCS, FASE, have created a program with a heavy emphasis on case-based learning that includes fun opportunities for the participants to interact with the faculty. Download the Advance Program and register today.

July JASE Filled with A Plethora of New, Fantastic Science

The July JASE contains, “Superior Prognostic Value of Right Ventricular Free Wall Compared to Global Longitudinal Strain in Patients with Heart Failure,” by Carluccio et al. Dr. Carluccio said, “Results of this study provide substantial new insights in right ventricular (RV) function assessment and risk stratification of heart failure (HF) patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), with important clinical implication. This study, for the first time, clearly shows that, at least in HFrEF patients, the independent contribution of RVGLS to the prediction of outcome is lost when parameters of LV systolic function are taken into account, suggesting that prognostic performance of RVGLS might be hampered by concomitant impairment in global LV systolic function involving the interventricular septum. In contrast, the prognostic role of RVFWS is not affected by LV systolic dysfunction.”

Other JASE articles cover echocardiography in pulmonary embolism, echocardiographic assessment of patent foramen ovale, coronary microvascular dysfunction, assessing treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by echocardiography, longitudinal strain, measuring with echocardiography, and echocardiography in infants and children along with several brief communications and an editorial comment by Drs. Lopez and Colan, “How Well Does the Neonatal Heart Measure Up?” Read the first President’s Message by Madhav Swaminathan, MD, MMCi, FASE, “Creating a Caring Society,” and the Sonographers’ Communication by Raymond Musarra, BSAS, RCS, RDCS, FASE, “Changing Healthcare Costs Impact the Way We Provide Patient Care.”

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Impact Factor for JASE is 6.111 keeping JASE in its competitive place among cardiology journals with a ranking of 17 out of 136 publications.