The Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Steering Committee wishes you a happy and healthy new year. We are looking forward to the upcoming Annual Scientific Sessions in Baltimore, Maryland, June 2–6. Dr. Mark Friedberg, the program chair, and Dr. Craig Fleishman, the program co-chair, have put together an outstanding track for our constituents.
Starting on Friday, there will be a computer-based 3D learning lab. This was very successful last year and will be repeated at this year’s meeting for those who want to come to Baltimore early. Saturday is packed with activities, so show up early! There will be the path-echo correlations conference. The day will begin with a series of intraoperative echo cases. There will be a discussion about when the imager tells the surgeon to go back on bypass to repair residual lesions. This session will be followed by sessions on congenital heart disease including pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and critical aortic stenosis with the borderline left ventricle. The afternoon will include a session entitled “Detecting Dysfunction before Dysfunction.” After the business meeting, Echo Jeopardy is next, which is always very entertaining.
Sunday begins with a session on coronary artery abnormalities. The next session is entitled “Evidence-based Echo: From Abstracts to Guidelines.” There will be rapid-fire abstracts followed by a discussion of the best pediatric echo articles of the year and then talks about pediatric echo guidelines that have been published. The rest of the day will include two sessions: one on echo assistance in heart failure and the other will be our annual joint session with EACVI on hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
On Monday, the day starts with a session on vascular abnormalities followed by a session on diastology in pediatrics. There will then be a very innovative session entitled “Frontiers in Pediatric Echocardiography: What Advances Could Impact the Field?” During this session, ideas about new pediatric echo technologies will be shared including high frame-rate imaging, shear wave imaging, and fusion imaging. The afternoon will include the oral abstract session. The afternoon break in the Exhibit Hall will feature a chalk talk geared to those starting out entitled “The Under 40 Club: Choosing an Academic Career in Pediatric Echo.”
Tuesday will start with the case competition. Junior faculty will present cases to more senior mentors. This will be followed by a session entitled “From Bench to Bedside,” reviewing new technologies and their application in congenital and acquired heart disease. There will be a debate on pulmonary valve replacement in RVOT dysfunction followed by several town hall discussions. The final session entitled “The Circle of Life in Congenital Heart Disease: From the Fetus to the Adult,” will include talks covering the range of our patient population: fetal cardiology to adult congenital heart disease.
We are very excited about the upcoming Scientific Sessions, and look forward to seeing you in Baltimore. I want to thank Dr. Friedberg and Dr. Fleishman for their hard work on this year’s outstanding program. As always, please contact me with ideas or questions that you may have for the steering committee. Active participation by our constituents makes us a stronger council!
Travel Grants Available! The ASE Foundation will sponsor two pediatric cardiology trainees to attend the 28 th ASE Annual Scientific Sessions in Baltimore, June 2-6, 2017. The travel grants are part of an ongoing effort by the ASE Pediatric Council Steering Committee to encourage pediatric cardiology fellows to sub-specialize in the field of pediatric cardiovascular imaging. The hope of the Council is to provide interested fellows with a deeper understanding of the imaging field and facilitate the development of a meaningful mentoring opportunity for trainees with established imaging faculty. Pediatric cardiology fellows in the first three years of training with an interest in cardiac imaging are encouraged to apply for one of the two $1,000 grants. The application process requires submission of your CV, along with a brief personal statement about why you want to attend the ASE Scientific Sessions, plus a letter from the director of the training program or echo laboratory director in support of your application. Previous recipients of pediatric travel grants are not eligible to apply. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2017. Applications should be sent to Natalya Read at firstname.lastname@example.org .