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, critical care echocardiography, interventional echocardiography, 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 educational content for the course has been reviewed by members of the Leadership Academy Oversight Committee made up of both Sonographers and Physicians. 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 fourth cohort?

A.     June 1, 2024

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

A.     August 1, 2024. Participants selected for the program will be notified by October 1, 2024.

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; up to two additional letter(s) of support; 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 program fee is $500 (payable in full or in two installments of $250). The fee includes all educational content (an estimated value of $7,500 per participant). 

If a nominee is not selected for enrollment, all but $100 of the amount paid will be refunded within 30 days of notification.

Participants must attend a kick-off meeting (scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2024 in Washington, DC).  Hotel and meals at the kick off meeting will be covered by ASE. Airline travel to the kick off meeting will be covered by the participant.  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 September Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN in 2025 or Aurora, CO, June 2026.

Q.     How long is the program?

A.     November 2024 – June 2026

Q.     What are my time commitments?

A.   Participants must attend a kick-off meeting (scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2024 in Washington, DC). 

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

Participants are expected to apply for a committee position during the November 2024 – January 2025 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 meeting at ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions in Nashville, TN, September 2025 and Aurora, CO in June 2026. 

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.     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, nor can they write a letter of nomination for a candidate.)

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