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Trends in Medical Ultrasound: Fetal Echocardiography

TRENDS IN MEDICAL ULTRASOUND: FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

fetal-blog-pic-1We have written previously about trends in ultrasound technology, often focusing on the impact for career-minded professionals.  The potential for ultrasound in the field of medicine as a “window into the body” has advanced further than anyone could have imagined in the nearly thirty years since we at Pegasus Lectures opened our doors.  Nowhere is this more amazing than the study of fetal anatomy, and more specifically fetal echocardiography.

fetal-blog-pic-5The level of evaluation that can be performed on fetuses at 12, 16, 20, 24 weeks has changed the culture in many respects.  Lives have been saved, and mothers, fathers, and even grandparents have felt an unprecedented intimacy with their unborn children.

Hospitals and clinics have established specialty practices to accommodate the emerging technology, against the backdrop of a five year average of nearly 3,800,000 live births in the U.S.A.  As congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting somewhere between 1 out of 100 to 110 live births, the specialization in ultrasound focused on fetal echocardiography is well positioned for growth and sustainability.

fetal-blog-pic-3Understanding this industry trend, coupled with Pegasus Lectures’ foundational focus on underlying principles and diligent clinical competency, we recently released the Fundamentals of Fetal Echocardiography eCourse.  It has been well-received and reviews continue to be effusively positive.

The precision and attentiveness required to be successful in this specialty is elevated…but thankfully, so is the compensation and professional fulfillment.  The fetal heart organ itself is only the size of a small to medium-sized blueberry between the 18th and 24th week of gestation.  So it doesn’t take much insight to understand the distinction between a normal-sized versus enlarged heart can be as small as 1mm.  As you can imagine, ultrasound studies that fail to clearly image the fetal heart can be the difference between diagnosed and undiagnosed CHDs.

Understanding the gravity of the specialty, Pegasus Lectures designed the Fundamentals of Fetal Echocardiography eCourse with 14 distinct modules.  We intentionally segmented these into digestible study lengths between 40 and 60 minutes.  These are:

Cardiac Screening

Scan Lab

Left Heart Obstruction

Right Heart Obstruction

Shunts
Conotruncal Defects I

Conotruncal Defects II

Fetal Arches & 3VT View

Single Ventricle

Atrial Isomerism
Recognizing the Sick Fetus

Fetal Arrhythmias

Genetic Association

Systemic Venous Anomalies

 

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If you haven’t picked up on the inference, we are pretty proud of this eCourse and hope you will evaluate its potential as a comprehensive resource for physicians, sonographers and healthcare professionals interested in integrating fetal echocardiography into your practice or specialization.

Pegasus Lectures was especially delighted to partner with Dr. Helena Gardiner, M.D., Ph. D. in developing this eCourse.  Dr. Gardiner has worked in fetal cardiovascular medicine for more than twenty years, is the first or senior author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, editorials and book chapters, and established the Tiny Tickers Charity to improve awareness of congenital heart disease and improve its prenatal detection.

Please contact us if you are interested in sharpening your competency in this field.  We are very enthusiastic about the response we have received and hope you will enjoy this resource to expand your expertise.

Frank Miele, MSEE , President of Pegasus Lectures, Inc.  Frank graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a triple major in physics, mathematics, and engineering. While at Dartmouth, he was a Proctor Scholar and received citations for academic excellence in comparative literature, atomic physics and quantum mechanics, and real analysis. Frank was a research and design engineer and project leader, designing ultrasound equipment and electronics for more than ten years at Hewlett Packard Company. As a designer of ultrasound, he has lectured across the country to sonographers, physicians, engineers and students on myriad topics.

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Distance-Learners Ask….

DISTANCE-LEARNERS ASK….

[With the extenuating circumstances of the past year, Pegasus Lectures has received multiple questions as to best practices for distance-learners preparing for their registry exams.  The following is a sampling of the most frequently-asked questions:]

IF I HAVE TO BUY SOMETHING TO PREPARE FOR A REGISTRY EXAM, SHOULDN\\\’T I JUST FOCUS ON USING AN ExamSim PROGRAM ?

stepsWhile it is tempting to “cut to the chase”, ExamSim programs are the FINAL step in your Registry preparation.  The value of our ExamSim Programs materializes through Pegasus Lectures\\\’ patented Intelligent Analysis Package that actually identifies WHY you get questions wrong. When a question is answered incorrectly Continue reading

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The Rapid Remaking of Online Learning

THE RAPID REMAKING OF ONLINE LEARNING

adversityHow we approach change and difficulty often defines us. I say this as a preface for a short quote adapted from Benjamin Franklin:

ADVERSITY BREEDS INNOVATION

As any sonographer will confirm, where you place your focus greatly impacts the quality of your image, or said another way, We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

While we at Pegasus Lectures can’t change the world by ourselves, we can tend to our little garden, which is providing the best in continuing medical education and ultrasound registry preparation. As discussed previously, Pegasus Lectures has invested heavily in expanding our distance learning platform over these last nine months. The fruits of this labor are nearing harvest.

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Keeping this in mind, we wanted to discuss three factors influencing our innovation and improvement.

Demand for Asynchronous eLearning

tortoise-hareDue to the sudden elimination of commutes, travel and (sadly) leisure activities for many people, the issue of self-discipline in the context of time-management has suddenly become relevant. In short, people have different paces in life, learning, and job performance.

Managers and educators are wrestling with this challenge, trying to synchronize self-starters, people who work off instructions/checklists, and those others who are best described as “motivationally challenged”.

We took these factors into consideration in designing our latest eCourses, balancing the needs of the more deliberate learners with the demands of dispositional “go-getters”.

Accordingly, you will notice improvements in:

• Flexibility

• Adaptability

• Customization

boring2New features have been added to present materials in such a way that the user can dictate their own pace and review. The interfaces are more dynamic and designed to engage viewers, rather than (the industry-standard) slog through PowerPoint slide-decks with a couple cine-loops thrown in for variety.

Adaptive eLearning Displaces Fixed eLearning

Along the same lines as outlined above, we placed a greater emphasis on the user being able to create their unique learning environment. An integrated note-taking feature has been added, along with the utility to create a customizable review section, sharpening your focus in final test preparation run-throughs.

Users Demand Modularity

jugglingTime-management is being redefined today as never before. Where availability not so long ago was bounded by an “at work/gone home” paradigm, employer expectations have abruptly evolved. Unfortunately for many people, work has come home. This has created a frustrating environment where you are challenged to jump in and out of business and personal tasks nimbly.

Consequently, online learning must adapt to this reality. Being able to pick up where you left off, and allocate study time in 20-30 minute commitments is now a critical design feature. Especially when you have specific knowledge strengths and deficiencies, the ability to focus on specific subject-matter in a non-linear environment is optimally user-friendly.

In summary, each step of our development efforts has been driven by the needs of you, our customer. Our focus on accessibility and flexibility, combined with developing and delivering innovations in distance-learning technology has resulted in the most advanced and interactive distance learning platform available.

 

Frank Miele, MSEE , President of Pegasus Lectures, Inc.  Frank graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a triple major in physics, mathematics, and engineering. While at Dartmouth, he was a Proctor Scholar and received citations for academic excellence in comparative literature, atomic physics and quantum mechanics, and real analysis. Frank was a research and design engineer and project leader, designing ultrasound equipment and electronics for more than ten years at Hewlett Packard Company. As a designer of ultrasound, he has lectured across the country to sonographers, physicians, engineers and students on myriad topics

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