ASE’s Twitter Journal Club

ASE is happy to announce that we will be kicking off 2018 with a brand new Twitter Journal Club. Are you on Twitter? Interact with your colleagues each month, as we will review an article from a cardiology journal. This is a great way to get your questions answered. The first article we will be reviewing is Doppler Echocardiography for the Estimation of LV Filling Pressure in Patients With Mitral Annular Calcification (Muaz M. Abudiab, MD, Lakshmi H. Chebrolu, MD, Robert C. Schutt, MD, Sherif F. Nagueh, MD, FASE, and William A. Zoghbi, MD, FASE).  Please plan to join us on Twitter, @ASE360, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:00 PM US EST. Follow @ASE360 and use the hashtag, #ASEchoJC for all tweets.

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New JASE Features

The inaugural JASE podcast, featuring discussion of the January issue by Editor-in-Chief Michael H. Picard, is now available at OnlineJASE.com. Tell us what you think! These podcasts will be a regular feature of the JASE homepage often taking the place of an Editor’s Page in the Journal.

Also new to JASE is PlumX Metrics, an altmetric scoring system used by Elsevier, which publishes JASE.  The PlumX Metrics look beyond citations by providing insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of online content (e.g., journal articles) using a comprehensive set of metrics: usage (clicks, views, downloads), captures, mentions (such as in a news article or blog post), social media, and citations.  Once one of these five activities has occurred for a JASE article, a Plum Print icon will be added to an article, and the metrics are updated daily. This system allows readers to track the impact of their article, and also allows readers to expand their insights into the published article.

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Register for ASE’s Newest Live Course: Echo on the Inside Passage of Alaska

The Inaugural Echo on the Inside Passage of Alaska  will take place on an Alaskan cruise, July 21-28, 2018. This new educational opportunity differs from ASE’s other courses by providing attendees with a small, intimate environment to learn from the experts. Ships have been sailing from Seattle to Alaska since the gold rush. Now it is your turn to follow in the wake of history on a seven-day cruise vacation filled with glacier-carved fjords, forested islets, and quaint ports along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. Cruise to Alaska from Seattle with ASE: stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria, British Colombia.

Participants will attend lectures and workshops while the ship is at sea. The current schedule allows for 26 hours of CME education. The expert faculty will present traditional lectures, facilitate at least one, 1-hour workshop, and lead ‘Chalk Talks’ where they will do a deep dive into a particular topic with an individual faculty member. Learn more and register today at ASEcho.org/Alaska.

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Register for the Symposium on Interventional Echocardiography and Decision-Making In Structural Heart Disease

Join ASE for the 2nd Annual Interventional Echo and Structural Heart Symposium. This fantastic offering, immediately following SCA Echo Week 2018, focuses on the role of echocardiography within the structural heart team.

This one-day course, on March 3, 2018, will feature multidisciplinary experts in interventional echocardiography, interventional cardiology, cardiac anesthesiology, and cardiac surgery – all engaged in the heart valve team approach to structural heart disease. Download the Advance Program, register, and learn more at ASEcho.org/IE.

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January JASE Now Online

As we ring in the new year, the January 2018 issue of JASE debuts with Michael H. Picard, MD, FASE, as Editor-in-Chief, his first editorial, “JASE 3.0: Entering our 4th Decade,” and a new cover design! The issue also features Recommendations for Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Chagas Disease: A Report from the American Society of Echocardiography in Collaboration With the InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography (ECOSIAC) and the Cardiovascular Imaging Department of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (DIC-SBC). The writing group for this important paper was led by Harry Acquatella, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE, MACP, of Centro Medico de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela (Chair), one of the world’s foremost experts on Chagas heart disease and Federico Asch, MD, FASE, of MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC (Co-chair). Dr. Asch commented, “While historically it has been rare in the U.S., migration has changed the epidemiology of Chagas Heart Disease. However, there is still a lack of awareness in our medical community on how Chagas disease should be screened for and diagnosed, and how imaging could impact the outcome of these patients. This document brings together experts from Latin America, led by Dr. Acquatella, with U.S.-based clinicians to raise awareness of this not-so-rare-anymore cardiac disease and provide guidance on how different cardiac imaging modalities can impact the outcome of patients at risk or infected.”  Other articles in this issue cover valve disease, left ventricular strain and clinical outcomes, Doppler ultrasound assessment of cardiac hemodynamics, and echocardiography in children.

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Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar

Join Federico Asch, MD, FASE, on Thursday, February 8 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as he reviews Recommendations on the Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in Patients with Chagas Disease. During this webinar, Dr. Asch will discuss recommendations for the use of cardiac ultrasound and other imaging modalities in the diagnosis, classification, and risk assessment of myocardial damage from early to advanced forms of chronic Chagas heart disease (ChHD). Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event. Registration is free for ASE members. Register online today!

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Submit Your Research Today! Abstract Deadlines Approaching for Echo ASEAN and ASE 2018

New this year –  At the 3rd Annual Echo ASEAN in Manila, Philipines, March 22-24, 2018, all investigators are invited to submit abstracts of their original research or clinical case reports to be considered for presentation in Manila. Presenters benefit from discounted registration rates and feedback from our world-renowned faculty. Visit the Call for Abstracts page for submission instructions. Submission closes Monday, January 15, 2018.

Submit your abstract of original work or clinical case report to be considered for presentation at the premier cardiovascular ultrasound conference of the year, the 29th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, June 22-26, 2018. Make your submission online today! Presenters benefit from dedicated viewing times, a global audience that promotes future collaborative work, eligibility for travel support, and low conference registration rates. Exceptional research is also considered for the prestigious Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition for young investigators under the age of 40 and the Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition for non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project. Visit the ASE 2018 Call for Abstracts for more information. Submission closes Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

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New International Report Provides Comprehensive Guide to Imaging in Chagas Heart Disease

Read release here.

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ASE Members Smash Donation Records on Giving Tuesday

Thank you to the 76 donors who supported the ASE Foundation on Giving Tuesday by donating a total of $26,982 in 24 hours! With this milestone in giving, our highest one day fundraising total of $20,320, on last year’s Giving Tuesday, was crushed! This marks the 4th year in a row that we have exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal, and we owe it all to you, our very generous donors! You can feel confident that your gifts will have a direct impact on the future of cardiovascular ultrasound because 100% of all donations will be used to support the Foundation’s 2018 initiatives. ASEF sends a special thank you to the ASE leaders, Drs. Asch, Banchs, Eidem, Klein, and Rose who made early pledges to match the first $4,500 raised yesterday. And a special shout-out to the Foundation volunteers serving on the 2017 China Outreach as they collectively gave more than $4,250 on Giving Tuesday to support future global outreach activities. Thank you all for making this our best Giving Tuesday ever!

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Renew Your Membership Today!

Receive valuable member benefits 365 days a year by  renewing your ASE membership by December 31. Benefits include the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE), access to the new online case reports journal CASE, more than 30 hours of FREE CME, peer-to-peer networking, advocacy efforts for quality cardiovascular ultrasound and patient care, and much more. If you have not yet renewed your membership, we encourage you to renew by December 31, 2017, and you will receive a special 2018 ASE Echo Image Calendar. Plus, if applicable, you may be able to claim the majority of your membership dues in ASE as a business expense deduction on your 2017 tax return.

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Attention Innovators

Do you or someone you know have an innovative solution to improve cardiovascular ultrasound? Sign up to compete in Echovation Challenge 2018the top three projects will win a share of the $10,000 prize! Visit the challenge portal to find out what’s required, register as an innovator, follow & share the challenge, or join the conversation. Submission deadline is February 9!