Special report on Summit 2014 in this month’s JASE

Last fall the ASE Foundation (ASEF) gathered leaders from across the healthcare spectrum in the nation’s capital to offer a variety of unique perspectives on the transition to value-based healthcare, with a focus on the role of cardiovascular ultrasound in the changing environment. The summary report from this first-of-its-kind event has now been published in the July issue of JASE, and will serve as an excellent resource for our members to demonstrate the value of echocardiography to colleagues, administrators, and others in the healthcare community.

In addition, ASEF has added speaker slides and video summaries of two panels to the Summit 2014 website, and will continue to add additional videos and other resources as often as possible.  One of the highlights of the program featured a panel session with three patients whose care was directly impacted by the use of echocardiography. Click here to watch Sarah Woodruff, an adult with congenital heart disease, talk about the value that echo has brought to her life.


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See How You Made a Difference in 2014

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Donate to ASEF’s Annual Appeal

You can make your year-end gift to the ASE Foundation online right now! It’s a quick, easy process that will make a huge difference for the future of echo. Remember, the last day to donate to the 2014 Annual Appeal is December 31, 2014.


We did it!

Because of your generosity, the ASE Foundation not only reached its Giving Tuesday goal of $3,000, but exceeded it and ended the day with a total of $5,201 in donations. Did you miss Giving Tuesday? Don’t worry, there’s still time to make a U.S. tax deductible charitable contribution to the Foundation’s 2014 Annual Appeal. Click here to donate to an initiative of your choice.


ASE Foundation’s Largest Research Grant Awarded to Innovative Fusion Imaging Project

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Spanish-Language Webinars Now Available

The ASE Education and Research Foundation (ASE Foundation) is excited to announce the addition of two, Spanish-language webinars to our collection of translated guideline materials. Both webinars are available at no cost as a way to increase the dissemination of echo education globally. Federico Asch, MD, FASE, recorded ASE’s first webinar in Spanish. Dr. Asch presents “Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic Examination” by Hahn, et al. Watch here. Roberto Lang, MD, FASE has also recorded a Webinar on “Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: Recommendations for Image Acquisition and Display,” based on the EAE/ASE Guideline, which can be found here.

We are excited about this opportunity to make ASE guidelines available to colleagues all over the world. Visit our Guidelines translations pageto access the full text to many of ASE’s guideline documents in Mandarin, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.


Now accepting nominations for scholarship awards and travel grants that support the next generation of cardiovascular ultrasound professionals

The American Society of Echocardiography Education and Research Foundation (ASEF) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship awards and travel support grants for students enrolled in CAAHEP accredited cardiovascular ultrasound programs.

The Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award

The Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award program is named after Alan Waggoner, MHS, RDCS and honors his passion for echocardiography and service to ASE. The Foundation funds a limited number of awards per year for students who possess these same qualities.

The $1,000 awards are aimed to assist students with their educational expenses. Also included with the award is a travel stipend of up to $500 for the award recipient to attend the 2015 ASE Scientific Sessions in Boston, MA, June 12-16. To apply, students must be nominated by their program director. The nomination deadline for this scholarship award is Saturday, November 1, 2014.

UltraEcho, Ltd. & Feigenbaum Cardiovascular Sonographer Student Travel Grants

The Foundation’s travel grant program will provide two $1,000 scholarships to support a sonography student’s attendance at the 2015 ASE Scientific Sessions in Boston, MA, June 12-16.

While any sonography student actively enrolled in a CAAHEP cardiovascular program may apply for these travel grants, the selection process will give preference to students without sufficient travel funding who would not otherwise be able to join ASE in Boston. The application deadline is Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Students nominated for an Alan D. Waggoner Student Scholarship Award may also apply for a travel grant; however, they will only be considered for one award. To view the eligibility criteria for the Foundation’s 2015 scholarships and awards, please click here.

Questions? Please contact Scholarships at the ASE Foundation at 919-297-7188 or by email at scholarship@asecho.org. 


ASEF volunteer efforts make an impact

The ASE Foundation supported two recent humanitarian missions that showcase the true impact our volunteers make on patient care worldwide. The ASEF VALUES Program, held August 11-14, was a teaching and research event that took 18 volunteers to Bangalore, India to image and assess patients with rheumatic heart disease while also teaching local professionals to improve their techniques and skills.

The Foundation’s first U.S.-based humanitarian mission and educational outreach was held September 11-14 at the Care Harbor/LA healthcare clinic in Los Angeles, California. Seventeen volunteers provided free quality diagnostic cardiac care to uninsured and underinsured patients in LA County and connected patients to local medical providers for follow-up care as needed.

Together these two events impacted hundreds of patients in need and underscores the Foundation’s mission to expand quality diagnostic cardiac care to the underserved, wherever they are in the world. Thank you to our volunteers and the partners who supported both of these efforts – you truly make a world of difference.