FAQs

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.

Participants must attend a kick-off meeting (previously scheduled for 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday, November 20, 2020). Due to current travel restrictions, this event will be held virtually with the timing confirmed in September 2020. Another face-to-face meeting will be added later in the program, once the COVID-19 pandemic is slowed enough to restart interstate travel.  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 does the $100 ASE Foundation Scholarship work?

A.     In response to this year’s global health crisis, the ASE Foundation (ASEF) is more committed than ever to making sure the next generation of cardiovascular ultrasound leaders has the tools and resources it needs to grow in both their careers and personal lives. The ASEF, with the help of our generous donors, raised over $5,000 for COVID-related aid in May. ASEF is now proud to offer a $100 scholarship to all applicants accepted for the ASE Leadership Academy’s second class from these funds. This scholarship will be awarded upon notification of selection for the program.  Applicants will pay the full application fee of $350.00.  For those that are accepted, a $100.00 refund will be applied to the card used to pay the application fee.  If paid by check, a check will be issued after acceptance.

Q.     How long is the program?

A.     November 2020 – June 2022

Q.     What are my time commitments?

A.   Participants must attend a kick-off meeting (previously scheduled for 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday, November 20, 2020). Due to current travel restrictions, this event will be held virtually with the timing confirmed in September 2020. Another face-to-face meeting will be added later in the program, once the COVID-19 pandemic is slowed enough to restart interstate travel.

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.