On behalf of Drs. Wyman Lai and Anita Moon-Grady, program directors, we are pleased to announce the inaugural
Pacific Coast Fetal Cardiology 2017: An Interactive and Case-Based Educational Symposium.
About the Conference: Experts in the field of fetal cardiology will teach healthcare professionals, who perform routine prenatal screenings, how to detect serious heart defects during pregnancy, and how to discern when to refer to a fetal cardiology specialist for further testing, counseling and intervention. Additionally, they will provide education on the current International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) guidelines to increase screening efficacy and appropriate referrals to specialized prenatal imaging centers that provide appropriate life-saving care for these neonates.
Need: One percent of infants born in the United States have heart defects, and 20- 30 percent of these babies suffer from serious or life-threatening defects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more infants die in the United States from congenital heart disease than from any other birth defect. Routine prenatal screenings detect less than 35 percent of these defects, leaving them to be discovered only after birth and in many instances not until the infant becomes profoundly ill. Research has shown that prenatal detection rates for serious diseases can approach 90 percent when a rigorous population-based screening protocol, with grass roots sonographer education at its core, is used.
- Use suggested best practices for fetal cardiology screening.
- Apply the current International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) guidelines to improve screening efficacy.
- Rule out or assess for selected complex anomalies during fetal cardiology screening.
- Diagnose obstructive left heart lesions and counsel families on treatment options and prognoses.
- Use key features reviewed to diagnose heterotaxy syndrome.
- Counsel patients on the benefits and limitations of early fetal echocardiography.
- Diagnose Tetralogy of Fallot, its variants and refer for treatment.
Target Audience: OBGyns, Radiologists, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists, Pediatric Cardiologists, and, Ultrasound Technicians/Sonographers
CHOC is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CHOC designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this live activity.
NURSES: The California Board of Registered Nursing recognizes that Continuing Medical Education (CME) is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements; as long as the course is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (rn.ca.gov). Nurses will receive a Certificate of Attendance following this activity that may be used for license renewal.
Sonographer Hours: 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ is accepted by ARDMS.
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) has indicated they accept AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward licensing renewal.
Educational grants are being sought in support of this live activity.