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RMH-Critical Care Echocardiography Course (TTE) Feb-April 2017

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Royal Melbourne Hospital

Intensive Care Unit Education Centre (Level B5)

Grattan Street

Parkville, Vic 3050

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Following the highly successful RMH Critical Care Echocardiography Course in November 2016, we are happy to announce a second course in early 2017.

This course aims to achieve skill in performing and interpreting transthoracic echocardiography in the critical care setting. With about 6 weeks of preparation using the outstanding University of Melbourne Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) Simulator Course, that culminates in a two-day intensive workshop on 5-6 April 2017 led by Intensivists and Anaesthetists, we hope that essential skills will be retained for longer than traditional workshops allow.

Learning is made up of two components:

1. First, participants will take part in The University of Melbourne simulator course. Starting in early February 2017, participants will independently work through about 20 hours of online material, developing basic knowledge about transthoracic echocardiography interpretation.

Having completed the online preparation, on either 6 or 7 March, participants will then take part in one 3-hour session orientating them to use of the RMH TTE simulator, and showing them the basics of TTE image acquisition. They then have one month to complete 10 independent TTE studies using the RMH simulator, aiming to develop their scanning skills. These studies can be completed at a time that suits participants during office hours over the following weeks (about 5-10 hours).

2. Then, the clinical workshop held in the RMH Intensive Care Unit on 5-6 April 2017 translates this knowledge to the critical care setting. A combination of short, interactive talks and practical sessions will focus on improving technical skills and interpretation. Topics covered will include image optimisation techniques, LV function and cardiac output assessment, assessing valvular stenosis and regurgitation, right ventricular function, pulmonary hypertension, an approach to the shocked patient, and complexities of echocardiography in the ICU setting. Participants will be divided into small groups for practical sessions. About 8-10 hours of scanning time will take place over 2 days.

The faculty consists of 3 Intensivists with a particular interest in echocardiography, 2 cardiac anaesthetists, and a senior echocardiographer.

This course is ideal for those working and training in Intensive Care, Anaesthetics and Emergency.

It is accredited by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) for college training.

FAQs

What if I'm not sure if I can make the introduction to the simulator session on 6 or 7 March?

The organisers will hold several sessions at RMH on these dates, in an attempt to find a time that suits people's varied schedules. Attendance at only one morning or afternoon session on these dates is needed. In the event that these dates are unsuitable, please contact the organiser prior to enrolling in the course.

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations before 31 Jan 2017 will receive a 50% refund, or participants may enrol in the following course without penalty.

Cancellations between 1 Feb and 1 March 2017 will receive a 25% refund.

Cancellations after 1 March 2017 will receive no refund.

What level of TTE knowledge is needed?

This course assumes no knowledge of TTE. However, many of our last course's participants were reasonably experienced in TTE, but benefited from a more structured approach to image acquisition, and found that the simulator and practical workshop improved their skills and confidence significantly.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email james.anstey@mh.org.au

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