Announcing a new open access echo journal – Echo Research and Practice

The Canadian Society of Echocardiography is delighted to announce a collaboration with the British Society of Echocardiography and Bioscientifica on their new journal, Echo Research and Practice. As the first open access journal in echocardiography, all articles published in Echo Research and Practice are free to read, offering global exposure for authors’ research. Dr. Kwan Chan from Ottawa Heart will be our representative editor.

Special Discount for CSE Members!

As an open access journal, Echo Research and Practice is funded by article publication charges. This fee is discounted by 10% for all articles published by CSE members.

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17th Annual Canadian Echo Weekend – Registration is Now Open

17th Annual Canadian Society of Echocardiography Weekend will be held on April 23-25, 2015 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. We have developed an exciting educational program for you.

The Annual Canadian Echo Weekend is designed around your needs and requests over the past sixteen meetings. We will focus on common clinical problems encountered in your practice and the important role that echocardiography plays in diagnosis and patient management. Novel and evolving technologies to enhance your diagnostic capabilities and improve patient care will be highlighted.


The online echo calculators now have a new look! Celebrating the 10th anniversary on the CSE site!

The new MDMath echocardiography calculators (formerly known as CardioMath) have been used by thousands of clinicians from nearly every country on the globe for over a decade. The Canadian Society of Echocardiography has been their home on the web since 2005. The echo calculators now have a new look and has been updated with the latest ASE/EACVI recommendations and guidelines.

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iASE 3.0 is now available with the updated ASE/EACVI 2015 Chamber Quantification Recommendations

iASE 3.0 has been released. This compilation of guideline-related apps with helpful echo calculators was rated in the top five apps for echo in a recent MedPage article.  It was praised for its utility in practice. It now contains the new Recommendations for Cardiac Chamber Quantification by Echocardiography in Adults: An Update from the American Society of Echocardiography and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, JASE, January 2015.  This version also has a brand new, and improved, user interface for easier navigation. People who have already purchased the app will get a free upgrade, but everyone else can purchase it for USD$4.99. It is available in both the Apple and Google Play stores.

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 <a href=””>click here</a>.

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.”