WCUI’s CME Division wrapped up an active 2020 year with a virtual webinar on Fetal Echocardiography: Beyond the 4-Chamber View. During the 2-hour webinar, speakers Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, Externship Director at WCUI Phoenix, and Dr. Ericka Sheller-McLaughlin of Phoenix Children’s Hospital teamed up to educate attendees on the importance of increasing prenatal detection rates of congenital heart disease and provided a comprehensive overview of the complete fetal echocardiographic evaluation, including normal and abnormal anatomic features and physiology.
This SDMS approved event provided learners with 2.0 units as the year came to a close and rounded out our 2020 CME Library where participants of the webinar and those who completed the library earned 8.5 CME credits.
The Fetal Echocardiography Live Webinar had a total of 59 attendees and 63 Zoom registrations. Out of that total, 18 were WCUI Alumni and 3 were WCUI Community Partners/Affiliates.
After the webinar, we re-connected with attendees to get their feedback on the content, speakers, and how learnings from the activity can directly impact patients in the workplace.
Thoughts on Lead Instructors:
“Fantastic, Very Informative. Thank you!, Material was explained very well.”
“Great visuals, clear explanation combined with warmth & professionalism.”
“Excellent job of presenting the material and explaining the various defects in an easy-to-understand way… great pace and easily kept my attention start to finish.”
“Very detailed and comprehensive, excellent course.”
Personal Improvements Attendees Gained from the Course:
“Learning about the outflows. Improved my knowledge of understanding why those images are taken as a technician. Will definitely be useful in my field as I work.”
“Evaluate the fetal heart with further understanding of views beyond the 4-chamber, share this information with 4 other Sonographer’s in my office, and increase our detection rate of cardiac defects using extra knowledge shared by this webinar.”
“Purpose of determining fetal cardiac position & importance of high probability of heart defects.”
The WCUI Continuing Medical Education Division had tremendous growth this year through the adaptation of webinars during a tough year. The WCUI CME team looks forward to hosting more webinars, in-person and hybrid courses, and more in 2021 starting off with the first annual 2021 CME Week February 1-5. Interested in joining? Purchase your ticket HERE
Rise and grind, it’s time to get those last remaining CME credits before the year comes to an end! Join us on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm AZT on Zoom as WCUI Externship Director, Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, and Dr. Ericka Sheller-McLaughlin from Phoenix Children’s Hospital lead a virtual seminar on Fetal Echocardiography: Beyond the Four-Chamber View. The seminar is approved by SDMS and attendees will receive 2 CME credits for participating.
After purchasing your ticket, please register for the webinar by following the link on the event page.
WCUI CME Ticket Package:
Ready to crunch those last CME credit goals? Purchase our WCUI CME Ticket Package and gain admission to the webinar plus access to our CME Library where you can earn up to 6.5 CME credits, for a total of 8.5 credits! The WCUI CME Library has access to 3 asynchronous courses, approved by SDMS, so you can take the courses on your own schedule.
CME Courses Include:
- Cross-Sectional Anatomy of the Brain – 2 CME Credits
- Venous Insufficiency Testing – 2 CME Credits
- Anatomical Survey – Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) – 2.5 CME Credits
Let’s close out the new year! Get Your Ticket + CME Library Access here: PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE
Learn more about the WCUI CME Division by visiting: wcui.edu/cme/
WCUI is now enrolling for our Pediatric Echocardiography program at our Los Angeles and Ontario, California campuses; classes will begin Winter 2021 (January 2nd)! Interested in learning more about our program? Meet virtually with WCUI’s own Assistant PEDECHO Program Director, Karen Ambrowitz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS (AE, PE, FE), and our admissions team from both campuses to learn about this great opportunity to further your education as echocardiologists.
WCUI Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Virtual Open House – Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm PST
Register today to meet with us on Zoom and learn more about this great opportunity: https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfuuqrjouG9XrWysYSM70f2ByDk53SX8z
About the WCUI PedECHO Diploma Program:
- 9-month advanced Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Program for graduates from an Adult Cardiovascular sonography program
- Classes are taught by experienced and practicing pediatric echocardiologists
- Hybrid Learning – Online lecture courses & hands-on lab courses on campus
- Weekend Classes!
- Train with real pediatric patients
- 1-month externship at a hospital/clinic site
- 90% Average Employment Rate*!
Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Pediatric Echocardiography registry exam (ARDMS) and have the skills to perform ultrasound on newborns and children. We look forward to seeing you soon!
*Employment rate is based off the cohort of students starting between 3/2017 and 2/2018 at our Los Angeles and Ontario campus. Individual campus rates can be found in our full 2019 ACCSC Annual Report: wcui.edu/consumer-information/
Meet Karen Ambrowitz – PedECHO Assistant Program Director
Karen Ambrowitz is the Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Program at WCUI and has worked at WCUI since 2007. She has also been the technical director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Lab at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA Medical Center since 2005. Karen received her RDCS credential in adult and pediatric echocardiography in 1997 and her fetal echocardiography credential in 2010. Karen has practiced in the pediatric and fetal echocardiography field since 1997 working at prestigious medical institutions in New York City, Denver, and Los Angeles. In addition, she has an extensive background in teaching and curriculum writing, having taught at the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor’s Degree program at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Karen also co-wrote the pediatric echocardiography curriculum for the pediatric cardiac ultrasound program at WCUI.
Karen has a true enthusiasm for teaching in the classroom (an now online!) and in a laboratory setting. She is thrilled to be leading another class of future pediatric echocardiologists. In addition to her experiences in leading education, Karen has participated in medical missions to Peru, Native American Indian reservations, and high school health fairs, screening children for life-threatening cardiac disorders.
FURTHER EDUCATION HISTORY: Karen received her MPH from Columbia University/Argosy University and her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.
TAKE A CME COURSE ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE, REGISTER TODAY!
Last month, WCUI hosted a LIVE CME webinar with guest speakers, Amy Zazerra OB, FE, RVT, and Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE over the topic “Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome”. If you missed the opportunity to log in, WCUI is now providing access to the free CME course worth 2.5 CME credits through SDMS! Once you gain access, you will be able to complete the course on your own time.
To gain access, please fill out the CME Course Enrollment Form and you’ll receive an invitation from the WCUI CME team: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form
The course is a great opportunity for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and OB/GYNs who are interested in reviewing the importance of the fetal heart views and gain additional knowledge through a case study on hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).
CME COURSE DETAILS:
- When: Anytime! Enroll today & take the course on your own time: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form
- Topic: Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- CME Credits: 2.5 SDMS credits