I began teaching cardiac ultrasound more than 40 years ago while I was an undergraduate at Stanford. The structure and academic content of my courses have been continuously updated to accommodate changes in clinical interest and to reflect the results of ongoing clinical trials designed to test the effectiveness of various interpretative parameters. As the modalities available for ultrasound examination of the heart have expanded, so have the courses. I began in the early 1970’s with M mode. During the early 1980’s, with the proliferation of two dimensional equipment, a completely new series of 2D courses were introduced to our schedule. During the mid 1980’s, in keeping with clinical interest, a new series of Doppler programs were introduced. During the late 1980’s both color Doppler and carotid programs were introduced. In each instance the working philosophy of my courses has been to provide practical information which would prove useful in a general clinical environment. I am told by both physicians and technologists that these courses have remained the “gold standard” in their field not only because of the unique approach to education which they represent, but also because the material taught actually helps those who attend to utilize ultrasound diagnostically when they return to their own laboratory environments.
Despite the intensity and scope of the courses described above, it is physically impossible for any short term program to teach all there is to know about cardiac ultrasound. Likewise, it is also impossible for them to transform novices with a transducer into technical experts. Rather, the purpose of my courses is to provide a foundation for clinical or research work which is complimented by “on the job” experience and future courses. I believe you will find the courses above offer more exposure than would seem possible in the time available. The nature of the exposure is balanced between the academic and technical skills necessary for proficiency. My working philosophy for sonographers centers on the theory that a technical operator, regardless of his or her professional background or position, cannot produce high quality echocardiographic data without knowing the origins of the data and the relationship between its quality and potential for interpretation. In this sense, even those who will never sign an echocardiographic interpretation need to know basic interpretative parameters and their fundamental clinical significance if they are to produce optimal studies. Conversely, those who are primarily involved with interpretation need to know the rudiments of obtaining the data which they read if they are to fully understand its limitations, supervise its quality and effectively manage the laboratory which generates the data. This philosophy has been translated into an effective learning experience for a large number of individuals throughout the western hemisphere.
To accomplish the task of instruction, I have been fortunate to gather some of the Industry’s finest educators in the field. All of our instructors are professionals in cardiac ultrasound — easily the most experienced and well seasoned instructors for short term cardiac ultrasound programs in existence today. The teaching approach has evolved from my 42 years of working with more than 30,000 participants who have completed more than 47,000 Programs at my Courses (7,500 of the participants have been physicians — including about 2,500 Cardiologists who got some of their first exposure to Cardiac Ultrasound, Cardiac Doppler and/or Vascular Ultrasound from these classes).
The programs we offer are rigorous, the hours are long and the amount of material covered is very extensive. Unfortunately, the degree of preparation, the audio visual labs, the quality of hotel accommodations and the small class size we maintain to facilitate quality education have made these programs costly. Nevertheless, past students continue to tell me of the Courses’ value in their day to day practice of cardiac and carotid ultrasound. If you believe such a program would be of use to you or one of your colleagues, I invite you to what I am sure will be an excellent series of courses. If I can answer any further questions, please contact me as note below.
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