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February iTEE session gets rave reviews
By Gregg S. Hartman, MD
The second series of Introduction to Transesophageal Echocardiography (iTEE): The Basic TEE Exam for Non-cardiac Surgery commenced this past February in San Diego as a weekend course preceding the 13th Annual Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echocardiography.
This course is designed to introduce the use of TEE to practitioners inexperienced in the modality and to serve as a starting point for those wishing to understand the fundamental principles of performing intraoperative TEE primarily for non-cardiac surgical indications. Both lecture and symposium-style interactive formats were utilized as well as an automated audience response system during the pre- and post-course assessments.
Prosected pig hearts were also available to help solidify the participants’ knowledge of relevant cardiac anatomy and TEE imaging plane orientation. In addition, there were two mannequin-based TEE virtual simulators provided by Heartworks, which permitted attendants to have personalized hands-on instruction throughout the weekend course.
Despite a Northeast USA snowstorm, the attendance was very good, and the participants were enthusiastic. Evaluations from participants which included comments like “this is the best course I’ve attended in the past 20 years!”, were a testament to the faculty’s and SCA’s commitment to providing a high quality course.
The course is produced in collaboration with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and will be repeated three more times this year: April 24-25 at the SCA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, May 15-16 and October 30-31 in Orlando.
This exam can be taken at multiple computer test centers this November 2010. Details pertaining to NBE certification and on-line registration for the examination can be found at at www.echoboards.com. The deadline for registering is April 16, 2010.
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