Course Syllabus for SDMS CME Credits
Description of Course:
The Registry Review courses have been modeled after the current ARDMS® and CCI exam content outlines to assist you in your registry preparation. The monthly subscription offers access to the course from anywhere, at anytime on your laptop. The courses provide a simplified breakdown of the necessary materials for preparing for the Adult Echo registry exam, which includes detailed information with superior quality images.
Each review course is segmented into smaller sections of information to assist in studying specific areas and in locating the information you would like to review. The outline format provides the key points and facts in an easy to read format. The over 1000 digital images available can be enlarged for a more detailed review with just a click.
This course is designed for preparation for the Adult Echocardiography registry exam. Sections include: General Information and Hemodynamics, Techniques and Instrumentation, Congenital Heart Defects, Valvular Abnormalities, Coronary Artery Disease, Infections, Tumors, Aortic Disease, Effusions and Heart Failure and Miscellaneous Topics. The course materials are also an excellent resource for seasoned Sonographers to brush up on current topics in the field.
Goals for the Course:
- To assist Sonographers in obtaining their ARDMS® certification.
- To provide a complete review of the necessary information a Sonographer should have mastered in order to obtain and maintain their Fetal Echo certification.
- To provide Sonographers with a review course that can be easily revised as the field changes.
- To provide experienced Sonographers with a comprehensive review of the current information in their field of practice for continuing their Sonography education
Upon completion of the course, the Sonographer should be able to:
- Describe the stages in heart embryology
- Identify normal adult heart anatomy
- Discuss normal cardiac circulation, hemodynamics and physiology
- Describe the components of Universal Precautions and infection control
- List and describe the echocardiographic views performed in a standard adult echo
- Identify anatomy displayed on transesophageal echo images
- Identify the console controls used to produce and optimize the images in an adult echo
- Identify acoustic artifacts on the ultrasound image
- Discuss quality assurance procedures
- List and describe alternative imaging techniques used to evaluate the heart
- Discuss signs, symptoms, risk factors and complication of cardiac disease in adults
- List and describe congenital heart defects identified in adults
- Describe echo evaluation and findings related to valvular disease in the adult heart
- List the types of prosthetic heart valves and describe the related echo findings
- Discuss coronary artery disease and related findings on an echo
- Differentiate the types of cardiomyopathy and describe the related echo findings in adults
- Describe the most common types of cardiac tumors
- Discuss how infection can affect the adult heart and related echo findings in adults
- Differentiate volume and pressure overload and describe the various causes
- Describe how to evaluate a patient with pericardial effusion and related echo findings in an adult
- Discuss diseases of the aortic arch/thoracic aorta and related echo findings in an adult
- Perform necessary measurements and calculations for assessing the adult heart
No accompanying text or required readings. Material can be referenced in the numerous resources listed on the attached Bibliography pages.
See Attached Bibliography
Requirements for Achieving CME Credit:
Participants will receive 7 CME credits for reviewing all pages of the activity, completing the post test with a score of 70% or greater and submitting the Course Evaluation questions. Certificates will be emailed to the participant within 3-5 business days after documentation has been received.
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