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Echo 2019 - Program Overview

Afro Echo Course 2019
 
 

Partner of the PSASCaTS

 
 
AfroEcho 2019
Bachelor Class & Master Class Intermediate & Advanced Echocardiography Course                 
 
Dear Colleagues,  
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Afroecho Imaging 2019 at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Ghana. The echo workshop is organized by PASCaTS and African Cultural Institute in collaboration with German Heart Centre Berlin and University Hospital Erlangen and the PASCAR in conjunction with the German/Ghanaian hospital partnership program with Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. The project is designed as a national capacity building program structured in three sessions to take place in March, May, September and November 2019. The courses will provide skill training in bachelor class basic, master class intermediate and advanced echocardiographic imaging techniques. Each course comprises of:                                                                                                         
1. Power point presentations on cardiac anatomy and pathology of acquired and congenital heart diseases in the mornings,
2. hands-on echocardiography training sessions on paediatric and adult volunteers and patients in the afternoon,                         
3. discussions and                                                                                
4. assessment of the course by the trainees.
The organizers have recruited twelve distinguished cardiologists who will mentor the trainees during the year on rotation. Two tutors will be available at a time for each session, with exception of April with one tutor.
Participation is by invitation. The trainees will interact closely with the tutors who will share their wealth of knowledge in cardiology and clinical skills in the rapidly evolving field of echo imaging. The knowledge and echocardiographic skills acquired during the courses will transform the medical career of the trainees to become better doctors than before. Ultimately, the underserved patients will have more access to echocardiographic diagnostic and benefit from improvement of treatment of their cardiovascular diseases.
The workshop will develop a network for a mutual exchange of ideas, transfer of knowledge and cooperation between the trainees and the faculty.
Yours sincerely.
Charles Yankah
 
Prof. Charles Yankah, MD, PhD 
AfroEcho Course Director
President, PASCaTS & ACI
 
Professor of Surgery
Charite Medical University Berlin
 
Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon
CEO & Founder Global Heart Forum  
German Heart Centre Berlin                                     
                                                

Aims 
To grow the field of cardiology in the regions of Ghana with echocardiographers.
To improve cardiology services, accessibility and affordability of echocardiographic services in the communities.
To bring the underserved communities to a stage of early diagnosis that will enable them to pursue to early and proper treatment of their heart diseases.                 
To strengthen the universal health coverage at the secondary and tertiary level. 
             
Objectives                                                                           
The objectives of the echocardiography courses are:
To provide training in imaging of cardiovascular system, perioperative diagnostics of acquired and congenital cardiovascular diseases among paediatric and adult populations.
To appreciate the frontiers for conservative treatment of acquired heart diseases.
To define prognosis of acquired and congenital heart diseases.
To learn in particular, the indications and timing for surgical management of acquired and congenital heart disease.
To appreciate the benefits, quality of life and prognostic value after valve repair and replacement.
 
Goal
The trainees will be able to perform and interprete echocardiograms in children and adults.
 
Target groups
Physicians, Paediatricians, Adult & Paediatric Cardiologists, Anaesthesiologists, Intensivists, Senior Registrars.
 
Educational Tracks
Five to seven days of interactive education will be provided by the invited tutors. In the mornings they will present introductory echocardiography lectures on basic principles in echo imaging, handling, maintenance of echo machines followed by hands-on echo training on volunteers and patients under the mentorship of two tutors each with six trainees to a room
 
Lectures on cardiac anatomy and pathology
The introductory lectures aim at providing the foundation for understanding the anatomy and pathology of the heart and spatial relationships of cardiac structures. The tutorials will take the trainees further from the basics of echocardiographic imaging of normal hearts, simple acquired and congenital malformations through to the more complex cardiac lesions and demonstrations of pre- and postoperative echocardiographic imaging.
 
Hands-on echocardiography training
The mentors will take the trainees from the basic normal  echocardiography (Find the windows, the long axis view, the short axis view, m-mode examination) and common valve lesions through to color Doppler examination. Under the guidance of the mentors the trainees will review patients with congenital and acquired rheumatic valvular heart diseases, learn how to assess heart chambers congenital and acquired valvular heart diseases and estimate pressures, transvalvular gradients and regurge.
 
Upon completion of the hands-on echo courses in two consecutive years the attendees would be able to:
- learn modern imaging diagnostic techniques in heart failure (e.g. pericardial effusion, valve lesions, dyskinetic heart) for their decision-making for conservative and surgical therapies and better outcomes,
- develop a perioperative management strategy based on echocardiographic evaluation in patients with valvular and congenital heart diseases,
- apply new treatment strategies for referring patients with rheumatic and degenerative valvular heart diseases for early surgery, particularly taking into account timing for valve repair surgery.
 
 
Certification/Course Credits
The courses participants will receive credit hours after presentation of their assessment forms and certificates on Bachelor Class Basic, Master Class Intermediate and Advanced echo imaging.
 
 
AfroEcho 2019
Bachelor Class & Master Class Intermediate & Advanced Echocardiography Course
 
Faculty Cardiology Specialists/Mentors
 
Paediatric Cardiologists & Congenital Heart Disease Specialists
Dr. Ulrike Doll, University of Erlangen, Germany 
Dr. Sheeraz Habash, University of Erlangen, Germany
Dr. Lisa-Maria Rosenthal, German Heart Centre Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Christine Yuko-Jowi, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Hidal Dama, Congenital Heart Centre, Ethekwini Hosp, Durban, SA
Dr. Ebrahim Hoosen, Nkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hosp., Durban, SA
Dr. Andreas Kaestner, Paediatric Heart Clinic, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Mustafa Yigitbasi, German Heart Centre, Berlin, Germany
Adult Cardiologists
Dr. Blanche Cupido, University of Cape Town, SA
Dr. Ekatarina Ivanitskaia-Kuehn, Heart Centre Coswig, Germany                   
Dr. Henning Kuehn, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Robert Wetzstein, Federal Defence Hospital, Berlin, Germany
 
 
Faculty Cardiac Surgeons
Dr. Susan Vosloo, University of Cape Town, SA
Prof. Dr. Charles Yankah, German Heart Centre Berlin, Germany
 
AfroEcho 2019: Bachelor Class Basic & Master  Class Intermediate Echocardiography Course
(Adult and Paediatric)
 
Curriculum
 
Educational Tracks
Five to seven days of interactive education in March, May, September and November 2019 provided by experts on basic principles in echo imaging, handling, maintenance of echo machines, anatomy of cardiac structures, standardized examination, assessment of cardiac valves, ventricular  functions.
In the mornings the two tutors will present introductory echocardiography lectures followed by comprehensive hands-on echo training in the whole afternoon on volunteers and patients mentored by two tutors each with six trainees to a room.
 
 
Curriculum: Echo Course CCTH Staff April 2019



Curriculum: Echo Course (Adult & Paediatric)  March, May, September and November 2019


Program Overview
 
Theorectical Educational Tracks including  
Technical Instructions on Echo Machine
Venue: CT Centre Building, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital         
 
Saturday
13.00 hr Registration,  13:30 hr Welcome Address:
14.30-17.30 hr Introductory Echocardiography/ Cardiology & Surgical Lectures:
 
Sunday
09.00-17.30 hr Introductory Echocardiography/ Cardiology & Surgical Lectures:                                     
 
Monday-Friday   
09.00-12.00 hr Introductory Echocardiography/ Cardiology & Surgical Lectures:                                         
 
12-13:00  Lunch break.
 
13:00-17:30: Hands-On Echocardigraphy Training
 (On four volunteers and previously registered OPD children and adults with heart diseases, in-patients with congenital and rheumatic heart disease)
 
Tutors for Group I: 6 participants, Group II: 6 participants
 
15.00 Coffee/Tee Break
 
15:30 Hands-On Echo Training (Cont’d)
 
Tutors for Group I: 6 participants, Group II: 6 participants
 
Adjourn: 17:30 hr. 
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Curriculum in Summary  
Basic principles of ultrasound
Setting the echo machine, standard acoustic and transducer positions. Artifacts.
The mentors will take the trainees from the basics of normal to pathological echocardiographic imaging:
(Finding the windows, the long axis view, the short axis view, m-mode examination) and common valve lesions through to color Doppler examination.
Measurement and quantification of heart chambers, Jets, Vena contracta.
RA/LA and RV/LV morphology, dimensions and function.
Assessment of heart valves and valvular heart diseases.
Estimation of pressure, transvalvular gradients and regurge. The loops.
Under the guidance of the mentors the trainees will review normal/asymptomatic individuals and patients with congenital and rheumatic heart diseases.                         
 
For further enquiries or more information please contact Prof. Dr. Charles Yankah, Phone: Local: 0260- 922575 or International: +49-172-3020143
 
                      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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