Basic to Advanced Echocardiography from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville

Basic to Advanced Echo

Basic to Advanced Echocardiography from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville

The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

5/17/2017 - 5/20/2017


The course will begin with a discussion of echocardiographic assessment of left and right ventricular function, including presentations on diastolic function and strain imaging for assessing myocardial function.  We will then discuss a broad range of disease states for which echocardiography is useful, including ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, pericardial disease, and cardiomyopathies.  The presentations will include basic concepts as well as advanced techniques including 3-D imaging and strain imaging.  Throughout the course many cases will be presented. 

Unique Features:

  • Faculty members are clinical sonographers and echocardiologists
  • Easy access to faculty members during the entire conference
  • Afternoon on pediatric/adult congenital echocardiography
  • Lab accreditation (IAC Echocardiography)
  • Live scanning hands-on
  • Presentations involving multimodality imaging

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Apply Doppler principles and hemodynamics to the assessment of valvular heart disease, including systematic assessment of prosthetic valves
  • Use 2-D, DopPler strain methods to assess myocardial function
  • Illustrate the appropriate use of echo Doppler in myocardial and pericardial disease
  • Recognize the utility of echocardiography TEE including 3-D in the interventional practice
  • Integrate the application of echocardiography in heart failure and the treatment
  • Recognize clinical applications of stress echocardiography

Attendance at this Mayo course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

This course is intended for adult cardiologists, cardiac sonographers, cardiology fellows, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and those who have basic experience and knowledge of echocardiography.  This course is designed to further advance their experience in clinical application of echocardiography.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

6:00-7:00 pm Pre-registration - Heritage Foyer

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

7:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast - Heritage Foyer
7:30 am Welcome
Roger Click, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Roger Click, presiding

7:40 am Cases - Teasers
Drs. Miller, Click, and Ammash
8:00 am Assessment of LV Systolic Function in 2017
Barry Karon, M.D.
8:30 am Diastolic Function Updates
Fletcher Miller, Jr., M.D.
9:00 am Real or Echo Artifact?
Frederick Kremkau, Ph.D. and Pam Burgess, RDCS, RDMS, RVT
9:30 am RV Function in 2017
Garvan Kane, M.D., Ph.D.
10:00 am Panel Discussion
Drs. Karon, Miller, Kremkau, and Kane; Dr. Click, moderator
10:45 am Challenging Cases for Assessment of Pulmonary Pressures
Michael Cullen, M.D.
11:00 am Echo in Congestive Heart Failure: When and Why
Barry Karon, M.D.
11:30 am Echo in Restrictive Cardiomyopathies
Naser Ammash, M.D.
12:00 pm Challenging Heart Failure Case
Lori Blauwet, M.D.
12:15 pm Panel Discussion
Drs. Cullen, Karon, Ammash, and Blauwet; Dr. Click, moderator
12:30 pm Lunch - Heritage C

Dr. Fletcher Miller, Jr., presiding

1:30 pm Echo Assessment of HCM
Hari Chaliki, M.D.
2:00 pm Cardiac Constriction
Barry Karon, M.D.
2:30 pm Strain for Myocardial Diseases
Fletcher Miller, Jr., M.D.
3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Drs. Chaliki and Karon; Dr. Miller, moderator
3:15 pm Refreshment Break


3:45 pm Sonographer Hands-On
Ms. Burgess, Ms. Harper, and Ms. Klug
5:00 pm Adjourn

TEE (Main Ballroom)

3:45 pm TEE for Source of Embolism Cases
Roger Click, M.D., Ph.D.
4:15 pm TEE for Endocarditis Cases
Jeremy Thaden, M.D.
4:45 pm Questions and Answers
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception - Skyline Room, Mountainview Terrace, Sammons Wing, 8th Floor
Attendees, guests, and faculty invited.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

7:00 am Continental Breakfast - Heritage Foyer

Dr. Naser Ammash, presiding

7:30 am Contrast Echocardiography
Thomas Ryan, M.D.
8:00 am Cases in Exercise and Pharmacologic Stress Echo for Coronary Disease
Michael Cullen, M.D.
8:30 am Echo for Acute Coronary Syndromes and Cases
Roger Click, M.D., Ph.D.
9:30 am Panel Discussion
Drs. Ryan, Cullen, and Click; Dr. Ammash, moderator
10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am Surprises in Stress Echo - Good and Bad
Thomas Ryan, M.D.
11:00 am Multimodality Imaging for Acute Aortic Syndromes
Crystal Bonnichsen, M.D.
11:30 am Value of Echo vs CT in Coronary Artery Anomalies
Naser Ammash, M.D.
12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Drs. Ryan and Bonnichsen; Dr. Ammash, moderator
12:30 pm Adjourn for the afternoon.

Bring your laptop to work on your application.

Ms. Beverly Gorman (Sr. Director, IAC) and Ms. Pamela Burgess

3:00 pm Welcome
Ms. Gorman and Ms. Burgess
3:05 pm Brief overview of the IAC Echocardiography history and information regarding the structure of IAC
  • Why is was created, history.
  • Purpose of accreditation, what it is, what it is not.
  • Who is sponsoring organization are and their role.
  • IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors and their responsibility.
  • About the standards, basis for the program, minimum standards.
  • Company mission - improving health care through accreditation.
  • Reimbursement - what the IAC does and doesn't do.
3:40 pm

Steps to earning accreditation, reaccreditation

  • Gather information - what is needed to complete the application.
  • Internal self-assessment - what it is and how to perform, using the standards as their guide (attendees are encouraged to bring their policies, protocols). Tips and questions answered on how to review.
  • Case study requirements - how many, what pathology, how to pick cases (what if it's not a perfect case?), final reports (how to review).
  • Sample documents.
4:30 pm Dinner Break
4:45 pm

Quality Improvement

  • What it is, detailed discussion on the required QI measures (what they are, how much is required, and how often).
  • QI tool - if used, meets the requirements, view webcast. Used for audits.
  • QI meetings, what should be discussed, how many, who needs to attend, meeting minutes.
5:30 pm The online application - overview of the application, questions, and attachments
5:45 pm Pre-submission check - what it is and what it isn't
5:50 pm Final submission, what happens next
6:00 pm

Application decisions

  • What they are and what they do if delayed.
  • Decision letters and application review findings.
6:20 pm How your lab should run on a daily basis
6:30 pm Resources - overview of the website, samples, On Demand, live webinars
6:40 pm Closing Q&A
7:00 pm Adjourn

Friday, May 19, 2017

7:00 am Continental Breakfast - Heritage Foyer

Dr. Roger Click, presiding

7:30 am Echo for Aortic Stenosis: How To
Fletcher Miller, Jr., M.D.
8:00 am Low Output Low Gradient Aortic Stenosis
Hari Chaliki, M.D.
8:30 am Echo for Aortic Regurgitation
Thomas Ryan, M.D.
9:00 am Echo for Right-Sided Valves
Garvan Kane, M.D., Ph.D.
9:30 am Panel Discussion
Drs. Miller, Chaliki, Ryan, and Kane; Dr. Click, moderator
10:00 am Refreshment Break
10:30 am Echo for Mitral Regurgitation: How To Quantify
Lori Blauwet, M.D.
11:00 am 3-D/TEE for Mitral Valve Interventions
Jeremy Thaden, M.D.
11:30 am Cases in Stress Echo for Hemodynamic Assessment
Garvan Kane, M.D., Ph.D.
12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Drs. Blauwet, Thaden, and Kane; Dr. Click, moderator
12:30 pm Lunch - Heritage C


Dr. Naser Ammash, presiding

1:30 pm Echocardiography in the Evaluation of RV Enlargement. Where Is That Shunt?
Naser Ammash, M.D.
2:00 pm Echo in Postop Simple Congenital Heart Disease
Crystal Bonnichsen, M.D.
2:30 pm Interventional Echo for Congenital Heart Disease
Allison Cabalka, M.D.
3:00 pm Panel Discussion
Drs. Bonnichsen and Cabalka; Dr. Ammash, moderator
3:30 pm Adjourn

Dr. Fletcher Miller, Ms. Klug, and Ms. Harper

1:30 pm TEE Simulator
3:30 pm Adjourn

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00 am Continental Breakfast - Heritage Foyer

Dr. Roger Click, presiding

7:30 am Echo for Aortic Prostheses
Jeremy Thaden, M.D.
8:00 am

Echo for TAVR: Pre and Post

Hari Chaliki, M.D.

8:30 am Echo for Mitral Prostheses
Lori Blauwet, M.D.
9:00 am Cardiac Masses
Roger Click, M.D., Ph.D.
9:30 am Panel Discussion
Drs. Thaden, Chaliki, and Blauwet; Dr. Click, moderator
9:45 am Refreshment Break
10:00 am Case Competition: You Be The Judge!
Dr. Thomas Ryan, moderator
Drs. Bonnichsen, Cullen, Pollak, Kremkau, Karon, and Cabalka, and Ms. Burgess
11:45 am Adjourn



Fletcher Miller, Jr., M.D.
Roger Click, M.D., Ph.D.
Naser Ammash, M.D.
Pamela Burgess, RDCS, RDMS, RVT

Mayo Faculty:
Lori Blauwet, M.D.
Crystal Bonnichsen, M.D.
Allison Cabalka, M.D.
Hari Chaliki, M.D.
Michael Cullen, M.D.
Regina Harper, RDCS
Garvan Kane, M.D., Ph.D.
Barry Karon, M.D.
Rebecca Klug, RDCS
Jeremy Thaden, M.D.

Guest Faculty:
Beverly Gorman, RDCS
Frederick Kremkau, Ph.D.
Thomas Ryan, M.D.

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MD, PhD, DO, PharmD $750
Fellow, Resident, RN, NP, PA, Sonographer $565

The registration fee includes tuition, electronic course syllabus, continental breakfasts, break refreshments, lunch, and reception. Although it is not Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular CME (CV CME) policy to limit the number of registrants for a course, conference room facilities may necessitate closing of enrollment; therefore, early registration is advised. Enrollment for this program is limited.

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Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special course rates at The Omni Grove Park Inn. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made before the room block is filled or before the expiration date of Monday, April 17, 2017, whichever comes first. Reservations will be taken after this date based on space and rate availability.

The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28804

Group Rate: $249
Group Code: ECHO
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Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is the recommended airport for arrival. Taxi or rental car is recommended mode of transportation from the airport. The hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from the airport.

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Commercial Support

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This course offers the opportunity for commercial companies to interact with health care providers and highlight their products and services. If you are interested in exhibit space during this course, please contact Sheila Fick. Exhibits will be available for viewing at all scheduled breaks.

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