In the field of health care, there is any number of advancements made almost daily and for the various providers to keep up with the state of the art technology and new guidelines in care, ongoing training is essential. Training in echocardiography for the Allied Health Care professional can constitute a conference for those that want to get away and have very intense training over a short period of time, a certificate cardiology course spanning over months, or an accredited online cardiology course that can be taken at one's own pace from the comfort of their own home.

The Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development is hosting one of those "get-away" styled conferences called "The 19th Annual Echocardiographic Workshop on 2-D and Doppler Echocardiography at Vail" which is to be held on March 12 - 15, 2012 at the Vail Marriott, in Vail, CO. At this seminar topics to be discussed will include "The role of echo relative to the newer imaging modalities is discussed. There are also afternoon workshops on transesophageal echo, hemodynamics, and stress echo. The final workshop includes a series of clinical cases that focus on integrating various imaging modalities to provide the highest quality of patient care. The course is designed for the clinician and sonographer who are actively involved in adult echocardiography and wish to gain additional practical experience in these specific areas. In the morning sessions, a traditional lecture series will present state-of-the-art information on selected topics. Each afternoon, attendees will have the opportunity to apply the lecture material in a workshop environment. A large number of cases will be presented, analyzed and discussed. Each afternoon, attendees will be able to participate in reading sessions, covering either transesophageal echo, stress echo, and hemodynamics." Course registration for this Vail, Colorado conference spanning three days will cost the Fellow, Nurse, PA, or Sonographer $760.00.

The American Society of Echocardiography has web a site with some useful information on classes as well as concentrated conferences in exotic settings like Hawaii that span a course of days or weeks. This has been said of the organization, "The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The society was founded in 1975 and is the largest international, subspecialty cardiology organization." If you visit the web site for The American Society of Echocardiography there are some tools available there with a paid membership including some educational courses and resources, an image library, calendar of events, and some of the coding and reimbursement guidelines. Membership costs vary depending on your level of education and experience in the field.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Cardiac Sonography, Echocardiography Program is offering a 14 month full time completely accredited course. This has been said of the program "This program is designed to provide clinical training, including hands-on practice, for echocardiographic sonography and an academic curriculum in echocardiographic principles, technology, physics and instrumentation. We are dedicated to training sonographers who exemplify this standard and degree of excellence. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the ARDMS Registry Exams." This course runs 8 hours a day for five days per week. The cost is $9,000.

Finally, available online are courses in echocardiography that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. One of these web sites readily available for physicians and technologists alike is Registration is free and affords you access to the entire web site with the exception of the available courses. There is a blog where members of the echo community can get up to date information and read about new and interesting cases. Play a skill sharpening game called Echo Click and see how your score ranks among the other visitors. If you visit the site, be sure to click on the "Take A Tour" tab for an interactive tour of the entire site. The award winning echocardiography course structures were designed and created by a team of doctors from the cardiology department of the Medical University of Vienna Austria. With your free registration you can check out a sample chapter. We designed an interactive learning environment giving you maximum flexibility. Video lectures of the most important topics in echocardiography will teach you everything you need to know in order to excel in a competitive health care environment. Our course contains 22 video lectures with over 800 echo examples and demonstrations. The lectures cover the entire spectrum of cardiac disorders seen in the echocardiography lab. Modern teaching principles, images and graphics help you to understand even complex issues.

Prices are competitive and are package oriented. Each package includes incrementally more valuable access to the learning tools available and is based on 4 months of use at a time. Please visit us at today for more information.