Echo Fall 2015 Edition Released

Using 3D printing to create patient-specific models prior to intervention and performing echocardiograms on animals like a beluga whale are two features in the latest issue of Echo.  Also learn about ASE in the first 40 years, the new strategic plan designed for ASE’s continued growth, new partnerships to broaden ASE’s reach, the ASE Foundation’s two mission trips in August, and more. If you have an idea for a topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue or want to contribute an article, email managing editors Angie Porter and Debbie Meyer at echo@asecho.org.

Calling All Innovators

Do you or someone you know have an innovative concept to improve workflow efficiency in the cardiovascular ultrasound field? Then we want to hear from you!  ASE is proud to announce an exciting new endeavor – the Echovation Challenge, an incentive prize competition to foster and showcase novel approaches, technologies, and processes in echocardiography. Please visit our challenge page to learn all the details. We encourage you to sign up for a free HeroX account, and pre-register so that you will be automatically notified when the submission period opens in November. This will also allow you to offer feedback and suggestions to the innovation competition taskforce, in the Comments section of the site. Let the “Echovation” begin!

Please Share Your Feedback on JASE

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) is consistently ranked as the top ASE member benefit. It is important to share your feedback on this survey regarding your reading and usage habits. Your responses will be strictly confidential and will be used only to inform and improve JASE. We would be most grateful if you would take the survey by Wednesday, November 4. As the famous, or rather infamous, Mark Twain once supposedly said, “Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.”

PCHD Lecture Series Now Available on ASEU

A great new CME product, Lecture Series: Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, is now available on ASEUniversity. Containing lectures previously given at ASE Scientific Sessions, this product provides a comprehensive review for core types of congenital heart disease. The target audiences for this program are physicians and sonographers with a focus on trainees and junior faculty. There are 12 lesions (series of short lectures) which are available for individual purchase or as a discounted bundle. The full lecture series bundle offers 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

 

Echo Test and Teach now available

ASE and Ke Labs have collaborated to co-develop the Echo Test and Teach Application. Designed through the expert guidance of Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, FASE, and founder of ASE, this tool was produced to ensure quality and consistency of cardiac ultrasound image review as well as to educate users on interesting cases and new techniques.

Echo Test and Teach serves as a training tool to enhance the skills of sonographers and physicians in the measurement and interpretation of cardiac ultrasound images.  Results can be analyzed and viewed individually or as a group. Learn more here.

LIVES SAVED IN ASE FOUNDATION MISSION TO ARGENTINA

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ASE FOUNDATION SELECTS MINDRAY AS EXCLUSIVE CORPORATE SPONSOR OF ITS HUMANITARIAN MISSION TO VIETNAM

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Congratulations to ASE Past President, Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE

ASE’s past president, Sanjiv Kaul, MD, FASE, from the Oregon Health & Science University, will receive one of the American Heart Association’s highest honors.  He is being named the 2015 James B. Herrick Awardee for his scientific achievements which have contributed profoundly to the advancement and practice of clinical cardiology. He is the first echocardiographer to be honored in this manner. The award will be presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference on Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

New Cardiology Clinical Concepts Guide

CMS is launching the ICD-10 Clinical Concepts Series for specialties. Posted on the CMS ICD-10 website, each guide in the series compiles key information from the Road to 10 online tool in a PDF format that can be readily shared, emailed, posted to websites, and printed.

Visit the CMS ICD-10 website and Roadto10.org for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.

ABIM Changes MOC Policy

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors has unanimously approved a policy change in response to concerns from program directors, society leadership and others in the internal medicine community regarding the link between Maintenance of Certification (MOC) enrollment and certification status. Effective immediately, diplomates who are meeting all other programmatic requirements will not lose certification simply for failure to enroll in MOC. They will be reported as “Certified, Not Participating in MOC” if they choose not to enroll in the program. For more information visit ABIM’s blog here.

ASE Members who obtain MOC credit via ASEUniversity or any of ASE’s Live Courses have their MOC credits transferred to ABIM free of charge.