A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words – #ASEFirstTimer

Echocardiography is a visual science and so much of what we do involves images. To celebrate this, we have added a new dimension to our #ASE2017 social media campaign (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook) that helps tell the story of how the ASE Scientific Sessions has impacted our members.

Share your first ASE Scientific Sessions experience using #ASEFirstTimer, include an image, and tag ASE so we can all enjoy your story. To see the impact, search using the hashtag, #ASEFirstTimer.


What’s #YourPriority?

Did you know that when you donate to the ASE Foundation, you have the option to direct your gift to projects aligned with your personal priorities? ASEF offers eight options for targeting your donation, including Research Investigator Support and Research Studies, Guideline Translations and Global Dissemination, Travel Grants and Scholarships, Patient Awareness, Demonstrating the Value of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, and Area of Greatest Need.

Every gift is meaningful. Every contribution makes a difference. Pick #YourPriority at ASEFoundation.org/donate and know that 100% of every dollar given supports ASEF’s work to grow quality echo care worldwide. Together, we can make a world of difference!


ASE Volunteers Travel to Cuba for Historic Training Event

DannyNine ASE Foundation volunteers recently returned from a successful 3-day training event in Havana, Cuba. Held April 6-8, the educational training event took place at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital, the premier hospital in Havana. More than 300 cardiologists from throughout Cuba participated, all of whom perform echocardiography as part of their practice. Cuban officials estimated we reached 91% of the echocardiographers in that country. The physicians located outside of Havana received support from the Cuban government for hotel accommodations as well as transportation to and from Havana to attend this event.

All talks, including those from our ASEF representatives, were presented in Spanish, and included advanced topics such as strain imaging/speckle tracking, cardio-oncology, congenital heart disease, the use of echocardiography in intervention, and advances in echocardiography. The talks were recorded for future dissemination throughout Spanish-speaking countries. A favorite giveaway at the event was USB drives loaded with ASE guideline documents, including Spanish translations, placing important ASE reference materials in the hands of each participant. This guideline dissemination is a key feature of ASEF’s missions, fostering standardized patient care throughout the global medical community. Working alongside the Cuban Society of Cardiology and the InterAmerican Association of Echocardiography resulted in a unique and historic collaboration. Read more here.


Register Today for ASE 2017

The 28th Annual ASE Scientific Sessions are right around the corner. There are less than two months to register and make your arrangements to join us in Baltimore June 2-6. The premier gathering of echo enthusiasts, this meeting is essential to keeping up with all the advances in the field!

As always, the Sessions are packed with exciting content, but the Program Planning Committee shared a few sessions you will not want to miss:

  • Advances in Molecular and Therapeutic Applications – Learn how ultrasound contrast users will become non-invasive surgeons in the next 10 years using contrast to diagnose and treat acute intravascular and microvascular disorders such as acute myocardial infarction and refractory ischemia.
  • If I Only Had A Heart – Mechanical Device Support – More and more patients have Ventricular Assist Devices. The essentials of imaging patients with VADs will be presented in this session.
  • Something’s Got A Hold of My Heart: Interventional Echocardiography – The role of echocardiography continues to grow in structural heart disease. Learn the basics of imaging in this arena.
  • Frontiers in Pediatric Echocardiography: What Advances Could Impact the Field? – See the cutting-edge and evolving echo technologies that may change the way we practice pediatric and congenital cardiology. These technologies are equally applicable and relevant to adult cardiology.
  • The Coming Storm: Ultrasound for the Assessment of Atherosclerosis – The vascular track keynote session, featuring a lecture from Dr. Valentin Fuster, will focus on the role vascular imaging can play in preparation for the coming storm of atherosclerosis disease burden which threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system.

Need help justifying your attendance? Download this Attendance Justification Toolkit to help make your case for attending.
Register today to join your friends and colleagues at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


An Opportunity to Support the ASE Foundation and Recognize your Fellows

There is still time to purchase tables and individual tickets for the ASE Foundation Research Awards Gala, Saturday, June 3, 7-11 PM, at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. This event is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event to garner funding for cardiovascular ultrasound research. Please be sure to purchase your table or tickets soon as this event has sold out each year.  Tickets will not be available on site. Questions?  Contact gala@asecho.org.

“Our fellows are one of our greatest assets and are the future of our field. I have invited my imaging fellows to join my table at the ASEF gala to show my appreciation for their work and the benefits of being a member of ASE. Please join me by doing the same for your fellows!” – Vera Rigolin, MD, FASE, ASE President-Elect, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL



Read release here.


Register for the Upcoming Live Guideline-based Webinar

Join Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE, on Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, for an interactive live webinar as she reviews the Clinical Use of Stress Echocardiography in Non-Ischemic Heart Disease. During this webinar, Dr. Pellikka will discuss how stress echocardiography allows for simultaneous assessment of myocardial function and hemodynamics under physiological or pharmacological conditions. The topic of stress echo becoming widely implemented to assess various conditions other than ischemic heart disease will also be discussed. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending this live webinar event.

To ensure your FREE registration for this event, please follow these three simple steps.

  1. Log on to your ASE Member Portal with your ASE username (email) and password.
  2. Select “ASEUniversity and CME Credits” on the left.
  3. Select “Live Webinars” on the left and “Register” found in the Live Webinar Event Summary

Last Chance to Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates for the Review Course

Register before March 29th for this year’s Review Course and save $100. The Review Course has been specifically designed by ASE as a preparatory course for the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.™ ASCeXAM® and ReASCE® examinations. The expert faculty, led by Roberto Lang, MD, FASE, will emphasize illustrative cases and will use case studies, lectures, and interactive sessions to cover all aspects of cardiovascular ultrasound that are essential to these exams. New this year, the faculty will walk you through ASCeXam questions after each session in addition to an audience response system that will facilitate faculty interaction and self-guided learning. Please plan to join us at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, April 29 – May 2, 2017 for this intensive review course. Download the Advance Program, register, and learn more at ASEcho.org/ReviewCourse.


March Product of the Month

This month, ASEMarketPlace is featuring ASE’s Guideline Reference e-Book. This online e-Book offers a convenient format for quick reference to a collection of charts and illustrations derived from ASE’s guidelines for cardiovascular ultrasound. This e-Book contains a visual representation of 15 ASE Guidelines. It is a valuable resource for both physicians and technicians, covering a wide variety of topics including Chamber Quantification, 3D, TEE, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and more!

Designed to immediately include new guideline illustrations as they are published, this resource will effortlessly keep your lab up-to-date. ASE members save $25 annually on ASE’s Guideline Reference e-Book and receive a discount on all products, so do not forget to login to the member portal  before purchasing.


Give Where Your Heart Is

The ASE Foundation is welcoming the first day of Spring by holding its second annual Spring Giving Day on Monday, March 20! Join us as we spring into action for this year’s Annual Appeal with a goal to raise $5,000 in 24 hours. Every gift – $15, $25, $50, or any amount that is right for you – brings us closer to our target.

Your gift on Spring Giving Day will foster the future of echocardiography by supporting scholarships and travel grants to young professionals in the field. Each and every gift you give to the ASE Foundation makes a difference in the projects you support and the people you help. 100% of all giving is allocated to charitable projects. Learn more here.