25th Annual Echo Hawaii- Special Discounts for CSE Members

January 19-23, 2015, Kohala Coast, Big Island, HI
In cooperation with the Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE), the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) will be holding the 25th Annual Echo Hawaii January 19-23, 2015. Echo Hawaii presents the latest information on established and emerging cardiovascular ultrasound technologies. Expert U.S. and international faculty discuss state-of-the-art technologies with a particular focus on how they can be effectively applied in the clinical setting. Case-based approaches are used to discuss new and established uses of echocardiography for diagnosis and guiding management in patients with a broad array of cardiovascular conditions. Topics include: advanced assessment of systolic and diastolic function, 3D/4D imaging, adult congenital heart disease, contemporary approaches to valve disease, advanced anatomy, ischemic heart disease and aortic pathology.
With a current CSE membership, you will be able to save up to $125 for registration.  Echo Hawaii provides an opportunity to escape the Canadian cold weather and an opportunity to meet with the who who’s in the field of echocardiography.
For detailed program information, please click here.

2015 CSE Annual Achievement Awardee – Dr. James Tam

Congratulations to Dr. James Tam for receiving the 2015 CSE Annual Achievement Award presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Awards Ceremony on 25 Oct 2014.

The Canadian Society of Echocardiography Annual Achievement Award recognizes Canadian cardiologists who have made significant contributions to echocardiography in terms of leadership, teaching or research.

Dr. James Tam is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Section Chief of Cardiology at the Winnipeg Health Region Authority’s Cardiac Sciences Program, as well as Director of Echocardiography.

He completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Ottawa, and his Cardiology residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He went on to complete a two year Fellowship in Echocardiography at the Ottawa Heart Institute.

His research interests are echocardiography, valvular heart disease and congestive heart failure. “I’ve always been fascinated by physiology and the ability to understand through first principles, “says Dr. Tam. “Echocardiography allows me to visualize the diagnosis and work through the pathophysiology and hemodynamics.”

He is particularly intrigued by the study of the clinical utility of diagnostic cardiac testing. That includes echocardiography and its impact on patient care, as well as health care utilization and resource management. He has also been involved in various multicentre clinical trials as a local principal investigator.

Among his previous awards are Postgraduate Educator of the Year at the University of Manitoba (Postgraduate Internal Medicine Training Program) and Clinical Excellence in Teaching (Cardiology Training Program).

He hopes that the ultimate impact of his work stretches far beyond cardiology. “My goal is to augment the use of echocardiography to the entire health profession. Of course, this starts with standardized high level training of echo specialists, but the knowledge needs to be disseminated to a wider group of primary users including all physicians, physician assistants and nurses.”

That will take time. But Dr. Tam continues to find meaning in spreading knowledge in many ways. “The most rewarding aspect,” he says, “is to teach a new student, and to convey the level of excitement and satisfaction in arriving at a correct diagnosis through simple concepts and first principles.”

CSE at Canadian Cardiovascular Congress – Ideas in Motion

25-28 October 2014.  Vancouver, British Columbia.

CSE will be part of the CCC meeting with board meetings, spotlight sessions, and annual CSE dinner.

CSE Spotlight Session: ”Pericardial Disease: Diagnosis and Management”, is Monday, October 27th 1400-1530 at VCC 306. Jae Oh and Teresa Tsang are presenting. Should be a great session, so hope to see you all there.

CSE Annual General Meeting: Monday, October 27th 16:00-17:30. Room: Waterfront Hotel -  Malaspina Room

CSE Annual Dinner (Recipient of Annual Achievement Award: Dr. James Tam): Monday, October 27: 18:00- 22:00. Invitations have been sent to CSE members

To find out more information, please visit http://www.cardiocongress.org

International Group Issues Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Use

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) announced the publication of a new consensus statement on the use of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in its July 2014 issue. The article, entitled “International Evidence-Based Recommendations for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound,” was spearheaded by the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS), and presents the results of the first International Conference on FoCUS, which aimed to comprehensively address this branch of point-of-care ultrasound, providing a framework for FoCUS to standardize its application in different clinical settings around the world. To access the article, click on this link.

16th Annual Canadian Echo Weekend – Another Record Breaking Event

Dear colleagues:

The 16th Annual Canadian Society of Echocardiography meeting took place from 10 to 12 April 2014 at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Center in Toronto.  This year we have record attendance of more than 470 delegates. This event is accredited by CCS for 13.5 RCPSC credits and by Sonography Canada for 13 credits.

Please visit the following link to view the program: csecho.ca/csemeeting 

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Lantheus Medical Imaging, Philips, GE Healthcare, Siemens, Actelion, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer, Edwards

Please mark 23-25 April 2015 in your calendar for the 2015 meeting. It will be held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.

We have also created a Twitter account. Please follow us at: @CSEchoCA

Dr. Tam, Dr. Leong-Poi & Dr. Sebag attended ASE Echo Hawaii 2014 on behalf of CSE

Dr. James Tam:

The Canadian Society of Echo participated for the first time at Echo Hawaii 2014.   Escaping the cold weather, wind chill and snow, Drs Igal Sebag and Howard Leong-Poi and myself participated actively in the five day session, joining an exciting American faculty of echo leaders.  Of the over 300 participants, over 60 were from Canada, keenly enjoying the stimulating academic pursuits, as well as visits to the beach, volcano and waterfalls.  Our American hosts were extremely gracious, and we were well treated to many receptions.   The hotel and conference facilities at the Hapuna Prince were world class.  The 4 bedroom presidential suite/villa  was especially impressive, and befit the efforts of the main conference organizer, Dr. Jonathon Lindner.  Next year’s meeting dates have been confirmed for Jan 19 to 23, 2015.  Why not escape the polar vortex and join us in the Big Island.

Dr. Howard Leong-Poi:

It was a privilege to represent the Canadian Society of Echo along with Drs. James Tam and Igal Sebag, and work with our ASE colleagues at Echo Hawaii 2014. What a beautiful setting to have an echo meeting – echo images look even more spectacular in paradise! The hotel and conference facilities at the Hapuna Prince beach hotel on the sunny Kohala Coast on the Big Island were excellent, with welcoming and personal service. The beach was great for swimming, sunbathing and boogy boarding. Breaks were outdoors in the warm sunshine, with local fruit, juices and Kona coffee. It was great seeing our Canadian colleagues. The lineup of speakers included many echo luminaries, including Oh, Thomas, Lindner, DeMaria, Ryan, Sugeng, Stewart, Grayburn, Porter and Gillam! The program was very comprehensive, with high level, excellent presentations. Would not want to miss next year’s meeting, so save the dates now – Jan 19 to 23, 2015.  See you in paradise!

 Dr. Igal Sebag:

For me, attending Echo Hawaii epitomized a beautiful mix of pleasure and superb learning. This was my first time in Hawaii and I was stricken by its serene beauty and the variety of its grandiose landscapes. I truly felt as though I was in a privileged setting – the volcanoes, the tropical forest, our proximity with the animals, the ocean and the sunsets.

Along with James Tam and Howard Leong-Poi, the experience was also one of premiere education with world leaders putting in as much effort on reviewing the fundamentals of echocardiography as breaking new frontiers in effortlessly transitioning into the application of cutting-edge technologies for our day-to-day. We also understood from Jonathan Lindner’s introductory speech that our role as faculty did not limit itself to giving talks but, importantly, to remain very accessible and approachable to attendees for questions, debate and discussion. And we indeed had many, many exchanges – and I learned as much from other faculty than I did from physicians and sonographers attending the conference who had many experiences to share from the world of cardiac imaging.

Si vous êtes intéressés à revoir quelques notions fondamentales en écho et à intégrer les technologies émergeantes dans une ambiance des plus féériques, joignez-vous à nous en janvier 2015 ! L’expérience est unique !