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Sixth Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Practical Essentials of Fetal Cardiac Screening

UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

October 15, 2016

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The Sixth Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Practical Essentials of Fetal Cardiac Screening brings together an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary faculty to present a full day of state-of-the-art presentations, live demonstrations, and discussions, all with a renewed and explicit focus on fetal cardiac screening. To accommodate increased demand, this sixth symposium will be the first in the series to be presented at the new Luskin Conference Center ( in the middle of the UCLA campus. The symposium will sharpen its focus to 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. Presenters will review current guidelines, discuss how to optimize the image and minimize false positives/false negatives, present how-to tutorials on how to scan and interpret the four-chamber view/right and left ventricular outflow tracts/three-vessel trachea view, review 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 others), and share how to evaluate subtle findings such as pericardial effusion, left ventricular echogenic foci, and right/left heart disproportion.

If you are looking 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 may be among the most valuable courses you will have ever attended.

Target Audience

The Sixth Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Practical Essentials of Fetal Cardiac Screening 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/physicians in training, and also welcomes nurses and other health professionals involved with the management of pregnancies complicated by fetal heart disease.


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
Sixth 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
  • $175.00 - Sonographers/Nurses
  • $125.00 - Trainees


Course Director

Mark Sklansky, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
James H. Nicholson Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Co-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

UCLA Faculty

Tracy Anton, BS, RDMS, RDCS
Ultrasound Practitioner
UCSD Fetal Care and Genetics Center
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Wesley Lee, MD
Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology
Division Director, Women’s and Fetal Imaging
Baylor College of Medicine
Co-Director, Texas Children’s Fetal Center
Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women
Houston, Texas


Saturday, October 15, 2016

7:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 Welcome and Introduction
Mark Sklansky, MD
Session 1 Moderators
Greggory DeVore, MD, and Wesley Lee, MD
8:10 Guidelines for Fetal Cardiac Imaging: A Practical "How-To" Approach to Screening the Fetal Heart
Wesley Lee, MD
8:40 Optimizing Your Image: A Sonographer’s Secrets for Fetal Cardiac Screening
Tracy Anton, BS, RDMS, RDCS
9:10 Fetal Arrhythmias: Essentials of Diagnosis and Evaluation
Mark Sklansky, MD
9:40 Four-Chamber View Abnormalities, Part 1: AV Canal, Ebsteins Anomaly, Tricuspid Atresia
Gary Satou, MD
10:10 Break
Session 2 Moderators
Wesley Lee, MD and Mark Sklansky, MD
10:30 Live Scanning of the Normal Fetal Heart
Tracy Anton, BS, RDMS, RDCS
11:00 Four-Chamber View Abnormalities, Part 2: Mitral Stenosis, Mitral Atresia, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
Gary Satou, MD
11:30 Echogenic Foci, Pericardial Effusion, Ventricular Disproportion: When To Refer
Greggory DeVore, MD
12:00 Hopeful Hearts and Patient Testimonials
12:15 Lunch
Session 3 Moderators
Greggory DeVore, MD, and Gary Satou, MD
1:30 Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)
Wesley Lee, MD
2:00 Outflow Tract Abnormalities, Part 1: Aortic Stenosis, Pulmonary Stenosis, Pulmonary Atresia/Intact Ventricular Septum
Mark Sklansky, MD
2:30 The Three Vessel Views: Pearls and Pitfalls
Greggory DeVore, MD
3:00 Break
Session 4 Moderators
Wesley Lee, MD and Gary Satou, MD
3:20 Outflow Tract Abnormalities, Part 2: Tetralogy of Fallot, Truncus Arteriosus, Transposition of the Great Arteries
Mark Sklansky, MD
3:50 Live Scanning of the Normal Fetal Heart: The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Approach
Greggory DeVore, MD
4:20 Updated Pitfalls and Pearls of Fetal Cardiac Imaging 2016
Mark Sklansky, MD
4:50 Panel Discussion: Final Words of Wisdom from the Speakers
5:00 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.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy now mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(855) 522-8252

Directions and Parking

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. Parking attendants will be selling permits from 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit to the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible for paying for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle. The Luskin conference center is located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place.

Luskin Conference Center Room Block

UCLA has arranged a room block at the Luskin Conference Center for our guests. A tax-exempt room rate of $219.00 will be offered. To reserve a room, please contact the Luskin Conference Center after June 1st and indicate you will be attending the UCLA Fetal Echocardiography program. Once the room block is filled, room rates will be subject to availability.