Q.    Who is the ideal candidate for the Leadership Academy?

A.      The ideal candidate is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE), or a person who will achieve FASE by completion of the program. In addition, Leadership Academy participation is designed for the ASE member who has shown a commitment to cardiovascular ultrasound and ASE, and who will benefit from the Leadership Academy in such a way that their professional growth will include an increasing contribution to ASE over the next 15-20 years.

Q.    Who is eligible for enrollment in the Leadership Academy?

A.     Most categories of members of ASE are eligible for nomination*. The ideal candidate is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE), or a person who will achieve FASE by completion of the program; someone willing to invest 15-20 years to help ASE advance its goals and initiatives.

It is the goal to have at least one participant from each of ASE’s Council specialty areas (cardiac sonography, perioperative echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, and pediatric and congenital heart disease) for a balanced program.

Q.     I am not a physician. Can I still participate and will the educational content be pertinent to me?

A.     Yes, the online educational content for the course has been reviewed by members of the Council on Cardiovascular Sonography. The topics were selected for broad applications to leadership training and will be helpful to all emerging leaders.

Q     When does enrollment open for the second cohort?

A.     April 1, 2020

Q.     What is the deadline for nominations for the second cohort?

A.     August 1, 2020. Participants selected for the program will be notified by October 1, 2020.

Q.     What materials are required for nomination?

A.     Letter of nomination from ASE current and/or past Board of Director member; copy of current CV or resume; one additional letter of support (optional); personal statement (under 500 words) on why you are interested in the program and what you can give back to the Society.

 Q.      Who can nominate me for the program?

A.     Applicants can self-nominate, but they must have supporting nomination letters from a current or past member of the ASE Board of Directors.   Click here for list.

Q.     How much will the program cost?

A.     The enrollment fee is $350 (payable in full or in two installments of $175). The fee includes all educational content (an estimated value of $5,000 per participant). 

If a nominee is not selected for enrollment, all but $50 of the amount paid will be refunded within 30 days of notification.

Travel and accommodations will be covered to attend the opening educational session, November 20, 2020, in Cary, N.C. There will be expenses that ASE will not cover including travel, accommodation or registration for the mandatory live meetings to be held during ASE’s June Scientific Sessions in Boston, MA, 2021 or Seattle, WA, June 2022.

Q.     How long is the program?

A.     November 2020 – June 2022

Q.     What are my time commitments?

A.     Participants must attend the in-person meeting scheduled for 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday, November 20, 2020, in Cary, N.C.

Participants will be expected to review one online educational module every six weeks (self-directed) and participate in a one-hour group webinar to discuss the module.  See calendar.

Participants are expected to apply for a committee position during the November 2, 2020 – January 4, 2021 Call for Volunteers.  Leadership Academy participants will be appointed to serve on an ASE Council, Committee and/or Task Force for the following year (July – June).

Participants are expected to attend a mandatory half-day meeting at ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions in Boston, MA, June 2021 and Seattle, WA in June 2022. 

Participants will take part in a one-on-one online CPI assessment and debriefing in summer of 2022.

Q.     How will the program benefit my career?

A.     Participants will be matched with an ASE leader as a senior adviser for the program and will receive guidance on how to apply what they learn to their current and future career goals; feedback directed to enhance their leadership skills to excel in personal practice as well as being a leader in ASE and other societies; learnings in the fundamentals of leadership in an ever-changing medical environment; and understanding of their leadership style and how to put these new skills into action for career advancement.

Q.     Is CME provided for participants enrolled in the Leadership Academy?

A.     Yes. ASE has partnered with the American Association of Physician Leaders (AAPL) to provide the educational content for the Leadership Academy.  AAPL is accredited by the ACCME to provide Physician Category 1 credits for each activity hour spent.   Non-physicians will receive Certificates of Participation.

A well-respected non-profit, for more than 40 years, AAPL has helped medical professionals develop their leadership skills through education, career development and by providing a supportive community of peers. For more information on AAPL, visit their website.

Q.     What is the selection process for the Leadership Academy?

A.     ASE’s Leadership Academy Selection Task Force will review all nominations and make final selection of course participants.  (Members of the Leadership Academy Task Force are not eligible for nomination.)

*Members employed full or part-time by industry are not eligible for enrollment.



ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. 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.

New 3D Imaging Code Survey Needs U.S. Physician Input

This is your opportunity to participate in the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) process to ensure fair and adequate code valuation. The proposed CPT add-on code that describes the additional work required for 3D imaging, in addition to the base echocardiography service, is currently under review at the AMA RUC. Your participation in the RUC survey process is key in the assessment of the time, complexity, and physician work value for these procedures. If you were randomly selected, you received an email from “Qualtrics” with the subject line, “AMA RUC Survey – 3D Imaging of Cardiac Structures.” We ask you to look for it in all your email folders, as many members have found the survey in their spam/junk folder.

More information about the RUC and the survey process is available here.The AMA has created a video to explain the purpose of the survey process and provide specific instructions on how to complete the survey accurately. Please contact Irene Butler, ASE’s Vice President of Health Policy & Member Relations at IButler@ASEcho.org, with any questions. We greatly appreciate your time, input, and expertise.