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UCI Echo Essentials 2018

Echocardiography, one of the most commonly used imaging tools in cardiovascular medicine, is rapidly advancing. Echocardiographers, cardiac sonographers and referring physicians require periodic updates on the latest information.

Our UCI Echo Essentials 2018 conference is designed to provide continuing medical education in this dynamic field.

When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County, 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868
Time: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This year, we added new faculty speakers to expand our program topics, which include:

  • The newest ultrasound techniques
  • Evolving indications
  • Image interpretations
  • Use of echo contrast
  • Basic hemodynamics
  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology
  • Novel interventional procedures

The conference will incorporate the latest recommendations and guidelines from professional societies, including the American Society of Echocardiography, the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Who should attend?

This conference is ideal for:

  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiology fellows
  • Intensivists
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Emergency department physicians
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Sonographers
  • Cardiovascular technicians
  • Other healthcare providers interested in cardiac ultrasound 


  • $95 — Non-UCI employees
  • $85 — UCI employees
  • $75 — Trainees and students
  • $100 — Day of event registration

Course fees will increase by $10 after Oct 15. On-site registration is available on Nov. 3.

Register online 

For more information, contact Lesley Anderson at 714-456-3868 or lianders@uci.edu.

Learning objectives:

At the end of the activity, the participant should be able to:

  • List major updates in the national guidelines for native valvular regurgitation; aortic valve stenosis; stress echocardiography in nonischemic heart disease; three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease, and apply the knowledge toward performing and interpretation of echocardiography
  • Describe techniques and protocols of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implant, the percutaneous treatment of mitral regurgitation and the tetralogy of Fallot and related pulmonary hypertension
  • Describe the benefits of the echo imaging during placement and surveillance of the left ventricular assist device
  • Explain the technical aspect of optimizing the use of echo contrast, learn skills and competence level of implementing intravenous access by sonographers and the supervision of stress echo by nonphysician clinicians


  • TAVR: Getting it right with echo, Jin Kyung Kim, MD, PhD
  • Mitral Regurgitation: Updates and MitraClip, Ailin Barseghian El-Farra, MD
  • Heart Failure: Advances in HF treatments and the critical role of echo, Michael Gibson, MD
  • Pulmonary Hypertension: Echocardiographic evaluation of pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular funtion, Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, MD
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease: Gaining insight into the physiology of tetralogy of Fallot, Jeannette Lin, MD
  • IV Training for Sonographers: Practicing to the fullest scope of profession, Peg Knoll, RDCS, RCS
  • Echo Contrast: How to optimize images when using ultrasound contrast, Bryan GenKuong, RDCS
  • Case-based Presentations: Show & Tell, panel moderated by Liem Tran, RDCS 

  • Diastology: De-mystifying the myth, Dawn Lombardo, DO 

  • Guideline updates: Native valvular regurgitation, aortic valve stenosis, stress echocardiography in non-ischemic heart disease, 3D echo in congenital heart disease, Jin Kyung Kim, MD, PhD 

View the conference agenda 

Cancellation policy:

Please send cancellation requests to Lesley Anderson at lianders@uci.edu.


The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation statement:

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity. 

Disclosure statement: 

Relevant financial information from all those in a position to control content will be provided to participants in advance of the activity.