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Seminar

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Transthoracic Echocardiography Advanced

Overview

In this course, participants will advance their point of care transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) skills to include quantification of valvular and ventricular function and estimation of pulmonary hypertension.

Participants will also receive reinforcement of TTE image acquisition and assessment of acute abnormal haemodynamic states enabling more confident and accurate haemodynamic resuscitation and decision-making.

The knowledge-base learning comprises of a comprehensive package of interactive eLearning and includes practice interpretation and reporting of 20 online real pathology case studies. Participants are able to refer back to their online course materials, and will have ongoing access to all future updates of the eLearning materials.

The practical learning consists of a small group with an instructor to learn how to operate the ultrasound simulator and to learn how to perform the image acquisition skills. After the 3-hr workshop, participants are required to return in their own time to complete 10 simulator cases When completing simulator cases, participants are required to use their electronic device (laptop/iPad/mobile) to complete the required assessments. Participants are given four weeks after the workshop to complete these post-workshop activities. Additionally, to be eligible for the course completion certificate, participants are required to pass an online MCQ exam. Although not a requirement of the course, practice on patients are encouraged; electronic logbook submissions are available via the Assessment Portal which also includes a supervisor verification option.

PRE-WORKSHOP ELEARNING

8 Tutorials and 20 Case Studies

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Haemodynamic State
  3. Doppler Assessement - Valvular Regurgitation and Stenosis
  4. Left Ventricular Function
  5. Right Ventricular Function
  6. How to perform case studies
  7. Operation of the ultrasound simulator
  8. Operation of the ultrasound machine

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn to interpret real and simulated TTE images and obtain simulated TTE images using:
  2. Quantification and classification of valvular dysfunction (colour, pressure gradient, valve area)
  3. Quantification and classification of right and left ventricular dysfunction (eg. TAPSE, Simpson's ejection fraction)
  4. Estimation of pulmonary artery systolic pressure

WORKSHOP

3 Hours hand-on simulation orientation at Ultrasound Education Group - Department of Surgery

A: Level 6, Centre for Medical Research (entrance 5), Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3050

POST-WORKSHOP

  1. 10 simulator cases performed in student's own time over few weeks from workshop date
  2. Online exam – 20 multiple choice questions
  3. 1 course completion certificate

PRACTICE

  1. 30 Electronic logbook provided for post-course FCU scans

DELIVERY MODE

The course requires approximately 30 hours of study, comprising 10 hours of tutorials, 10 hours of online cases, a 3-hour workshop and 7 hours for the simulator cases and end-of-course exam.
Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location, however will need access to an ultrasound simulator with the required pathology cases to complete the course. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As this course is an advanced course, the basics of image acquisition and interpretation are not covered. Hence it is strongly advised (but not mandatory) for participants to have some basic proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography, such as completion of the Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Transthoracic Echocardiography course, iHeartScanTM workshop or equivalent.

ASSESSMENT

The in-course assessment is submission of the eLearning self-assessments including case studies (approximately 200 MCQ’s). After completion of the 10 post-workshop, self-directed simulator cases, participants are required to complete an online open book exam (20 MCQs). Upon satisfactory completion of all assessments, a personalized certificate of completion is provided.

WORKSHOP

The practical learning consists of a small group with an instructor (maximum of 5 participants per instructor and simulator) to learn how to operate the ultrasound simulator and to learn how to perform the image acquisition skills (3 hours). The ultrasound simulator enables highly efficient learning using dual screen display of both 3D rendered and labelled anatomy and ultrasound. Real time measurements are performed on realistic pathology cases using 2D (caliper and area), M-Mode, colour flow Doppler, Pulsed Wave and Continuous wave Doppler. The aim of the workshop is to orientate participants in how to operate the simulator and to perform the simulator cases on their own, guided by their personal digital assistant.

COURSE LEADERS

A/Prof David Canty

COURSE AUTHORS

A/Prof David Canty
Prof Colin Royse
Prof Alistair Royse
Prof Andre Denault
Dr Nathan Peters

Canceling Enrolment

Participants are required to inform our office in writing if they need to cancel their place on a FUSE/FCU course or iHeartScan workshop.

Participants are required to inform our office in writing if they need to cancel their place on a FUSE/FCU course or iHeartScan workshop. Requests to cancel a course or workshop or to transfer to another course or workshop must be sent by email to echo-info@unimelb.edu.au.

The cancellation and transfer policies are as follows:

Refund

  • Up to 6 weeks prior to the course/workshop: a full refund will be provided within 10 working days after you have notified (and received acknowledgement) from the office.
  • 2 – 6 weeks prior to the course/workshop: For a FUSE or FCU simulator course, 40% ($100) cancellation fee will be charged. For an iHeartScan course, a 40% ($560) cancellation fee of the workshop fee will be charged and the difference will be refunded within 10 working days after you have notified (and received acknowledgement) from the office.
  • 2 weeks prior to the workshop: a 100% cancellation fee will apply and no refund will be given.

Transfer

  • 12 months to 6 weeks prior: Transfer is free of charge.
  • 2 to 6 weeks prior: For a FUSE or FCU simulator course, an administration fee of $50 will be charged. For iHeartScan an administration fee of $195 will be charged.
  • 2 weeks prior: No transfer will be given.

Course/Workshop Cancellation

  • In the event that the course/workshop you are registered in is cancelled or re-scheduled, registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or transferring to an alternate workshop within 12 months of the original workshop registration date.

CONTACT US

A: Level 6, Centre for Medical Research (entrance 5), Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3050

P: (03) 8344 5673 | E: echo-info@unimelb.edu.au

Course Information

Fees

Course Fee: AUD $330 (incl. GST)

Entry requirements

As this course is an advanced course, the basics of image acquisition and interpretation are not covered. Hence it is strongly advised (but not mandatory) for participants to have some basic proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography, such as completion of the Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Transthoracic Echocardiography course, iHeartScanTM workshop or equivalent.

Assessment

The in-course assessment is submission of the eLearning self-assessments including case studies (approximately 200 MCQ’s). After completion of the 10 post-workshop, self-directed simulator cases, participants are required to complete an online open book exam (20 MCQs). Upon satisfactory completion of all assessments, a personalized certificate of completion is provided.