40th Annual Echo Northwestern Conference

Date & Location
Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:00 AM - Sunday, September 23, 2018, 6:00 PM, NMH Feinberg Conference Room A, Chicago, IL

Target Audience
Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing

Echo Northwestern is in its 40th year! This is the longest running echo course in the United States. Each year, there are three full days of interactive lectures and small group case presentations and discussion. The course faculty consists of renowned physicians and sonographers from Northwestern and from around the United States. This course will provide physicians and sonographers at all levels with the knowledge and insight into the application of basic and advanced echocardiographic techniques. Topics include valvular heart disease, interventional echo, heart failure, contrast echo, 3D echo, diastology, stress echo, cardio-oncology and more. By the end of the course, participants will have improved skills that can be immediately applied to everyday practice as well as an understanding of future applications.

  1. Apply the recommendations for the echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricle function to clinical practice.
  2. Explain the role of echo in the treatment of heart failure.
  3. Use strain imaging to assess cardiac function in various pathological states.
  4. Discover updated methodology to assess diastolic function using the recently updated ASE guidelines.
  5. Assess patients with valvular disorders using the new ACC/AHA guidelines for valvular heart disease.
  6. Recognize different echocardiographic methods to assess Right Ventricular structure function. Cite the strengths and weakness of these techniques including complementary technologies: CT and MRI.
  7. Discuss the clinical classifcation of pulmonary hypertension, its implications for the patient and how echo can help in assessing its severity and guide management of patients with the condition.
  8. Evaluate how 3D echo works and express limitations and potential applications as it relates to daily practice and patient managament.
  9. Assess the uses of echo contrast agents (imaging enhancing agents) and how to incorporate the use of the agents into a busy echo lab.
  10. Review of varying disease states that can be evaluated with stress echo.
  11. Evaluate the role of echo in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with aortic stenosis.
  12. Recognize the pathology and the basics of echocardiographic assessment of patients with common congenital heart lesions.
  13. Review the role of echo in surgical and percutaneous treatments of aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.
  14. Review the role of echo in new percutaneous treatment of tricuspid regurgitation.
  15. Review the role of echo in guiding other percutaneous procedures such as left atrial appendage closure and alcohol septal ablations.


Regular Rate:

Physicians - $930

ASE Physicians - $740

Sonographers - $745

ASE Sonographers - $595

Nurses - $745

Former NU Fellows - $500

Residents, Fellows, other HCP - $500

Online registration is set to close on 9/19/18 (Wednesday) at 11pm.

Cancellations must be made in writing to the Office of Continuing Medical Education. The paid registration fee, minus $50 administrative charge, will be refunded if cancellation if received by August 21, 2018. No refunds will be issued after this date.


The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.