Course Information
Seventh Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA

Tamkin Auditorium
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
October 21, 2017

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Course Description

The Seventh Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA will provide a fully updated, state-of-the-art program, presented by an esteemed multidisciplinary faculty, and retaining its clinical focus on expanded fetal cardiac screening. The symposium will provide a full day dedicated to real-life tips and pearls specifically for those physicians and sonographers who perform or interpret fetal cardiac screening examinations. State-of-the-art presentations by international experts in the field will address clinically relevant topics, including but not limited to: what are we (and our guidelines) doing wrong, how to optimize your image, how to use/interpret cardiac Doppler, how to scan and interpret the four-chamber view/right and left ventricular outflow tracts/three-vessel trachea view, how to recognize and interpret major forms of heart disease (including special clues for the detection of ventricular septal defects, aortic/pulmonary stenosis, transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of Fallot, coarctation of the aorta, TAPVR, and many others), and how to evaluate arrythmias.

As in prior years, if you are looking mainly for statistics or reviews of the literature, this course is not for you. But if you are looking to improve your ability to scan or to interpret scans of the fetal heart, this highly popular annual symposium will likely be among the most valuable courses you will have ever attended. Comments from last year’s symposium were overwhelmingly positive, including "each time I attend, I learn more and improve my scanning;" "remarkable program;" and "excellent course."

We look forward to welcoming you, or welcoming you back, on Saturday, October 21, 2017!

Target Audience

The Seventh Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA is targeted toward all healthcare professionals seeking to improve their ability to scan and evaluate the fetal heart. The symposium is aimed specifically toward obstetric/cardiac sonographers, physicians (maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists, obstetricians, radiologists, and pediatric cardiologists), sonographers/fellows in training, and nurses and other healthcare professionals involved with the management of pregnancies complicated by fetal heart disease.

Registration Information


Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.

To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Seventh Annual Fetal Echocardiogaphy Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • $275.00 - Physicians
  • $150.00 - Sonographers/Nurses
  • $100.00 - Trainees


Course Director

Mark Sklansky, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
James H. Nicholson Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Cardiology Program
Medical Director, UCLA Children's Heart Center
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Course Co-Director

Greggory DeVore, MD, FACOG, FAIUM
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Director, Fetal Diagnostic Centers
Pasadena, Tarzana, Lancaster, California
Director, Perinatology
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Tarzana, California

UCLA Faculty

Gary M. Satou, MD, FASE
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Echocardiography
Co-Director, Fetal Cardiology Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Guest Faculty

Karim Diab, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Cardiology Program
Rush University
Chicago, Illinois

Mishella Perez, BS, RDMS, RDCS
Maternal-Fetal Care & Genetics Sonographer
University of San Diego Health System
San Diego, California  

Program Agenda

Saturday, October 21, 2017

7:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Introduction
Mark Sklansky, MD
Session 1 Moderators
Greggory DeVore, MD, FACOG, FAIUM, and Gary Satou, MD
8:15 The Basic Heart Scan: A Systematic Approach to Screening
Mishella Perez, BS, RDMS, RDCS
8:45 Basics of Fetal Cardiac Doppler: Pulsed and Color
Greggory DeVore, MD, FACOG, FAIUM
9:15 Fetal Cardiac Imaging: What Are We (And Our Guidelines) Doing Wrong?
Mark Sklansky, MD
9:45 Break
Session 2 Moderators
Karim Diab, MD and Mark Sklansky, MD
10:15 Three-Vessel View: Normal and Abnormal
Mishella Perez, BS, RDMS, RDCS
10:45 Fetal Arrhythmias: Diagnosis Made Simple
Mark Sklansky, MD
11:15 Live Scanning: Basic Approach to Fetal Cardiac Imaging
Mark Sklansky, MD
11:45 Patient Testimonials
12:15 Lunch
Session 3 Moderators
Mishella Perez, BS, RDMS, RDCS, and Mark Sklansky, MD
1:15 Four-Chamber View: ASD/VSD/AV Canal
Karim Diab, MD
1:45 Four-Chamber View Abnormalities: Tricuspid Valve Disease (TR/TVD/Ebstein's/TA)
Gary Satou, MD
2:15 Four-Chamber View: Evaluation of Size/Shape/Function
Greggory DeVore, MD, FACOG, FAIUM
2:45 Break
Session 4 Moderators
Gary Satou, MD and Greggory DeVore, MD, FACOG, FAIUM
3:15 Outflow Tracts: TOF/DORV
Gary Satou, MD
3:45 Outflow Tracts: TGA/Truncus
Karim Diab, MD
4:15 Outflow Tracts: AS/PS/PA-IVS
Mark Sklansky, MD
4:45 Adjourn


At the conclusion of this intensive, one-day symposium, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify current guidelines for fetal cardiac screening
  • Recognize the basic approach to screening low risk pregnancies for fetal heart disease
  • Identify how to optimize image quality and angle of acquisition
  • Acquire and interpret clips of the four-chamber view, outflow tracts, and three-vessel views
  • Evaluate and diagnose fetal arrhythmias
  • Utilize novel tips and pearls of fetal cardiac screening to apply in daily practice


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Tamkin Auditorium
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095


From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd., travel past Charles E. Young Dr. South and turn left on Structure 8 driveway. Drive up the ramp to the rooftop level to park. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is located on the corner of Westwood Plaza and Charles E. Young Dr. South. 


Please park in Structure 8 on the rooftop level. A parking attendant will be on duty from 6:30-8:30 AM. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle.

Hopeful Hearts

Special thanks to Hopeful Hearts for its support of this symposium and of the UCLA Fetal Cardiology Program’s efforts to improve prenatal detection of congenital heart disease.