It’s Back to School Time at ASE

Neil J. Weissman, MD, FASE

In every newspaper and in every store window, you can’t help being reminded that it is “Back to School” time of year. Remember those days? A mix of excitement, nervousness, and a sense of adventure fill school children at the end of each summer as they start a new school year. The new school year brings the specter of opening up a new world of topics, projects, and peer interactions that will broaden their horizons. As parents, we get to re-experience this annual event through our children and are amazed at how different their learning experience is as compared with ours.

Last month, I wrote in this president’s page about how quickly the world is changing and how this relates to cardiovascular ultrasound. I also shared with you about how I believe that change is a learning opportunity, and that we can all lead change by becoming life-long learners. There is no reason that we have to live through our children’s learning experience anymore! The ASE has been a home for my own personal professional growth, and all of us at ASE, volunteers and staff alike, want our organization to be your “go to” place for life-long learning. Our wide-array of quality resources offers everyone appealing opportunities for education, whatever your learning style, background, or goals.

Great Annual Meeting with Many Tracks for Difference Audiences

In June many of us attended the 25 th Annual Scientific Sessions in Portland, Oregon. The spectacular program, spearheaded by Jonathan R. Lindner, MD, FASE, offered five days of cutting edge science in tracks covering all aspects of cardiovascular ultrasound including perioperative echocardiography, pediatric and congenital heart disease, and vascular ultrasound. What went through my mind, as it has every year while learning new things to incorporate into my teaching and my patient-based practice, is how the numerous facets of cardiovascular care are represented at these annual scientific sessions from basic to advanced, focused echocardiography to complete echocardiograms. In addition, there is always the packed exhibit hall where manufacturers share innovations. This equipment, and the products associated with them, have helped and continue to help us improve our diagnostic abilities. New research and technology push us to learn so we can be at the top of our game. Believe it or not, the 2015 Scientific Sessions program committee has already started their work, meeting last month under the leadership of Rebecca Hahn, MD, FASE, to plan a comprehensive program in Boston, June 13–16, 2015.

Live Courses in Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, and More!

For some of us, we just need to get away to immerse ourselves into an educational experience. ASE has led the way with “live” courses with expert faculty and front line content. These courses sometimes supplement the broad educational offerings with areas of special focus (such as utility of focused ultrasound with hands-on training at Echo Florida in October or a more in-depth learning experience on contrast echo at Echo Hawaii in January). Other courses will supplement the traditional lectures with an interactive ‘learning lab’ with individual computer workstations such as at State-of-the-Art Echocardiography (Arizona in February). For those taking the ASCeXAM/ReASCE exam, they may choose to attend the ASCeXAM/ReASCE Review Course in May. As ASE recognizes the growing use of ultrasound in more clinical scenarios, by a growing spectrum of clinical caregivers, it is also working to broaden its live educational portfolio. To do that, ASE is now partnering with CAE Healthcare to offer a new two-day seminar on Lung and Pleural Ultrasonography (to be held November 15–16 in Sarasota, Florida). Attendees will learn the value, benefits, indications, and limitations of lung and pleura ultrasound in a point of care setting while obtaining hands-on practice using state-of-the-art ultrasound simulators and real ultrasound devices.

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May 31, 2018 | Posted by in CARDIOLOGY | Comments Off on It’s Back to School Time at ASE

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