March 9 - 12, 2015 - Vail Marriott, Vail, CO

Course Director: Gura, George M. Jr., M.D.

Guest Course Director: Ryan, Thomas, M.D. 

This program will provide a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art 2-D, Doppler and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) with a strong emphasis on newer and more rapidly changing areas. Topics to be covered include diastology, ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease, application of TEE in clinical practice and cardiomyopathy. The role of echo relative to the newer imaging modalities will be discussed. There are also afternoon workshops on heart failure, hemodynamics, congenital heart disease and stress echo. The final workshop will include a series of clinical cases that will focus on integrating various imaging modalities to provide the highest quality patient care. The course is designed for clinicians and sonographers who are actively involved in adult echocardiography and wish to gain additional practical experience in these specific areas. Daily reading sessions will provide the opportunity to interpret case studies and to compare and discuss diagnoses with the faculty. An integrated format combining theory and practice will be utilized. In the morning sessions, a traditional lecture series will present state-of-the-art information on selected topics. Application of the techniques to clinical practice will be emphasized. Lectures covering pertinent general cardiology topics, such as appropriateness criteria, also will be provided. In the afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to apply the lecture material in a workshop environment. A large number of cases will be presented, analyzed and discussed. Each afternoon, attendees will be able to participate in reading sessions covering a wide spectrum of diseases in clinical cardiology.

Registration Fee

MD, PhD, DO, PharmD$770.00
Fellow, Resident, RN, NP, PA$575.00

Learning Objectives

Upon conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Apply transesophageal and stress (both exercise and pharmacologic) echocardiography for use in clinical practice of cardiology
  • Use echocardiographic and Doppler methods to assess hemodynamics and cardiac function
  • Utilize echocardiographic information in clinical decision making
  • Justify stress testing combined with the use of cardiac ultrasound
  • Utilize echocardiography to determine which patients should be referred for surgery versus medical therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease

Attendance at this Mayo course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Credit Information

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Core Competencies

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care