Annual Houston Echo Review: Boot Camp for Echo Board

April 4-6, 2019

Practicing cardiologists with significant echocardiography experience frequently request clinical echo updates or fast paced review sessions from the Texas Medical Center “experts.” Additionally, adult and pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular anesthesiology fellows in training annually request local review sessions before the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) examinations from area experts. In response to these needs, experts at Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Society of Echocardiography have organized a three-day intensive review course to fill this educational gap. The course will help to prepare attendees in a cost-effective manner to identify areas of weakness prior to self-study or a more intensive review course prior to the NBE examinations (echoboards.org) The course is also intended to serve as a clinically oriented update and review for practicing cardiologists.  

Program Overview

The Houston Echo Review is a three-day course of lectures, interactive discussions and case presentations designed to prepare cardiovascular specialists for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) examinations. It is offered in cooperation with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE).

The first day will cover cases that focus on new directions and techniques of echocardiography; topics cover, but are not limited to, adult congenital and structural heart disease, AHF, cardiac oncology, complex valve, mechanical circulatory support, and adult congenital echocardiography. The course will be a fast-paced review of topics similar to those covered in the ASCeXAM® scheduled for July 2019. The scope of the review is designed to be extensive enough for attendees to be able to identify their areas of strengths and potential weaknesses when designing their own subsequent self-study program in preparation for the NBE examination. Attendees may discover that they would additionally benefit from a more extensive multi day review course. For these reasons, the course is scheduled approximately 90 days prior to the NBE examination.

The course will also provide an overview of echo lab quality improvement (QI). Both the clinical content and QI material is beneficial for any practicing echocardiographer regardless of whether or not they plan to take the NBE exam. The participant will find this course useful for both the NBE initial and recertification examination preparation.

Sonographers are encouraged to attend to improve their clinical knowledge base. However, this course should not be used as a “stand alone” review for sonographers preparing for their professional credentialing examinations.

Echo Symposium 2019 is now offering ABIM MOC Credit

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 22.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The meeting has been designed for: Physicians, Fellows/Residents, Nurse/Nurse Practitioners, Cardiac Sonographers; CV Ultrasound Students, ASE Members.

Educational Objectives & Credit Designation

ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. An evaluation form sent via email will provide each participant with the opportunity to review the speakers and their presentations, to identify educational needs, and to comment on any perceived commercial or promotional bias in the presentation.

Now Offering MOC Points!

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 22.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of each lecture in the series, the participant should be able to:

• Recognize the morphological features of the disease process under  discussion based on two-dimensional and M-mode echocardiography as well as the basic clinical applications of newer modalities including three-dimensional imaging and speckle tracking modalities.

• Cite the most important two-dimensional echo quantitative methods clinically applicable to the cardiovascular disease under discussion.

• Apply and/or be able to refer to the most appropriate methods for Doppler assessment and quantitative methods of the cardiovascular disease process under discussion.

• Improve the quality and efficiency of echocardiography laboratories, which will lead to improved patient care after review of recommended Quality Improvement metrics for laboratories.

• Recognize a spectrum of cardiovascular pathological conditions, including those mentioned above by being presented with up to 100 rapid-paced clinical recognition cases.

• Explain cardiac anatomy and pathology by both transesophageal and transthoracic echo imaging as these, along with stress echocardiography will be incorporated into the didactic and casebased learning components of the exam.

• Improve their ability to incorporate physics of ultrasound material into their clinical use of echocardiography.

• Identify areas of weakness that may be better addressed by targeted self-study including a slower paced and more in-depth formal echocardiography review course

 

 

Location & Lodging

LOCATION

The symposium will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel – Medical Center located at 6750 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030. A block of guest rooms has been reserved with special course rates at the Intercontinental Hotel. To ensure accommodations at the discounted rate, please make your reservations by March 15, 2019. (A link for discounted reservations are also available online at www.cme.texasheart.org).

Discounted rooms no longer available

 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING

Taxi service to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) hotels from Hobby Airport averages $35 one way. Taxi service from Bush Intercontinental Airport averages $50 one way; Uber $25 one way. The drive to the TMC is approximately 30 minutes from Hobby Airport and approximately 45 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport. For participants driving to the Intercontinental Hotel, self-parking is $25 per day (no in/out privileges); valet parking is $35 per day.