Live Course Faculty Agreement and Disclosure

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  • It is the policy of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Continuing Medical Education Program to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in any ASE sponsored activities are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the presentation topic, including relationships with biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter. All slide and handout materials must be free from pharmaceutical identification and trade name of drugs so as to avoid the appearance of commercial bias. Use of the aforementioned identification material will be viewed as a violation against the Essentials and Standards of the ACCME, compromising the scientific balance of the program and offering bias to the presentation. The intent of this policy is not to prevent a speaker with a potential conflict of interest from making a presentation. It is merely intended that any potential conflict should be identified openly and resolved prior the activity.
  • Disclosure of Financial Relationships

    ASE policy requires review of disclosure information for potential conflicts of interest and resolution mechanisms that will eliminate the potential perception of bias with respect to your role in this CME activity. The potential for bias occurs when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest. To eliminate the potential for commercial bias in its educational activities, ASE requires all faculty members to disclose relationships that directly relate to the subject matter of their assigned presentation topic(s). If you refuse to disclose relevant financial relationships, you will be disqualified from being a part of the planning and implementation of this CME activity. The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exception of nonprofit or government organizations and non-health care-related companies. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are not considered a commercial interest.