Online Clinical Ultrasound and Echocardiography (On-CUE)


The SCA offers an educational activity in Clinical Ultrasound and Echocardiography, SCA On-CUE, which provides comprehensive internet-based learning. If you are an existing SCA member, you are entitled to the member discount price.

Program Description

This course provides an extensive knowledge base from interactive tutorials, case studies with DICOM images and a full version of the software analyzer - Synapse Cardiovascular ProSolv Viewer. This replicates the experience of making measurements using an echocardiography machine.

The course will provide a structured educational ultrasound program with self-assessments to reinforce the learning experience.

This course is a non-CME program and cannot be used to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Program Details

Course Directors, Planners, Content Reviewers

  • Professor Colin Royse MBBS, MD, FANZCA, The University of Melbourne and Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Professor Alistair Royse MBBS, MD, FRACS, FCSANZ, The University of Melbourne and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Australia –Nothing to Disclose


  • Professor John Faris DAvMed, FAFOM, FFOM, FANZCA, BA, ASCeXAM, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Dr Ajay Kumar MBBS, FANZCA, Deputy Director, Anesthetics, Macquarie University Private Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney, Australia –
  • Dr Roman Kluger MBBS, FANZCA, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Professor Michael Veltman MBBS, FANZCA, PTEeXAM, FASE, ASCeXAM, Director of Anesthesia, Joondalup Hospital, Perth, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Professor Stanton K. Shernan MD, FAHA, FASE, Professor of Anesthesia, Director of Cardiac Anesthesia, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States – Consultant, Philips Healthcare, Inc.
  • Dr Darsim Haji FACEM, MBChB, Consultant Emergency Physician, Peninsula Health Frankson Hospital, Melbourne, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Associate Professor Peter Hebbard MBBS, FANZCA, PGDipEcho, Consultant Anesthetist, North East Health, Wangaratta, Australia- Nothing to Disclose
  • Dr Jonathan Leff, MD, Associate Director Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, United States – Consultant, Casmed
  • Associate Professor Roman M. Sniecinski MD, FASE, Professor of Anesthesiology, Fellowship Program Director, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, United States – Contracted Research, Covidean, LLP
  • Dr Alwin Chuan MBBS (Hons), FANZCA, Consultant Anesthetist, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, Australia – Nothing to Disclose
  • Dr David Canty MBBS, FANZCA, PGDipEcho, Consultant Anesthetist, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, Australia – Nothing to Disclose

Course Requirements

The SCA encourages medically qualified applicants to possess qualifications sufficient to practice as a medical practitioner; these include MD, MBBS, MBChB or equivalent degrees.

Learners will need to be competent in English Language to complete the courses.

Examinations are scheduled four times a year. Students will be notified four weeks prior to an examination period and can nominate a subject for that period. Multiple subject examinations can be completed in the one period, as long as all self-assessments have been completed.

The self-assessments and examinations are completed via a web based system. For self-assessment questions, once completed, the screen will refresh with the answers and explanations.

Course Information

Level 1

The On-CUE Level 1 comprises subjects 1-4 and provides training to a moderately advanced level in echocardiography and in vascular access, ultrasound guided nerve blocks and includes other miscellaneous ultrasound applications such as lunch ultrasound and FAST. This would be suitable for most medical specialists and especially suited for those practicing in the critical care area.

Level 2

The On-CUE Level 2 comprises subjects 5-8 and provides training to advanced diagnostic level. This would be suitable for cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, ICU physicians catering to cardiac patients or other specialists with a significant cardiac practice. Please ensure that the On-CUE Level 1 course has been completed before enrolling in On-CUE Level 2.

Level 2 Fast Track

The Level 2 Fast Track program is intended for practitioners with existing echocardiography experience or qualifications who wish to update their clinical ultrasound and cardiac diagnostic skills. This option involves the completion of one subject taken from On-CUE Level 1 and completion of all On-CUE Level 2 subjects. Entry is subject to proof of experience or examination. Please contact us if you believe a waiver is appropriate.

Course Features

  • 50 Basic TEE cases in Level 1
  • Course discounts for Residents and Fellows

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