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11th Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Clinical Tips and Pearls from the Experts

Live Virtual Learning

October 16, 2021

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Our “11th Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Clinical Tips and Pearls from the Experts" returns in a live virtual format, with all lectures being presented in real time and only the live scanning session pre-recorded. Registrants will have the opportunity to watch the entirety of the day either live and/or on-demand over a 3-week period following the conference. The symposium will bring together remotely (but in an exciting, live and interactive format) a world-class group of outstanding speakers with over a hundred years of imaging experience combined. In response to overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year’s symposium (over 300 registrants from over 36 USA states and 26 countries), we are planning expanded question and answer opportunities, round-table discussions of clinically relevant topics, and of course a fully updated, clinically oriented and state-of-the-art program. This year’s outstanding faculty—including sonographers, maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists and pediatric cardiologists—will provide a comprehensive overview of the basic and more nuanced aspects of fetal cardiac imaging—both fetal cardiac screening and detailed fetal echocardiography. As in previous years, the symposium will include demonstrations of actual fetal cardiac screening and fetal echocardiography, as well as live, personal testimonials from pediatric patients with congenital heart disease.

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, either for fetal cardiac screening or for fetal echocardiography, this 11th Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium may be one of the most valuable courses you have ever attended. The virtual program will enable registrants from the USA and from around the world to watch live and to participate in the question/answer component of the course.

Target Audience

The “11th Annual Fetal Echocardiography Symposium at UCLA: Clinical Tips and Pearls from the Experts” is targeted toward all healthcare professionals seeking to improve their ability to scan and evaluate the fetal heart—both low risk fetal cardiac screening and high risk fetal echocardiography. 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. This year’s virtual conference will facilitate participation and viewing from aspiring fetal cardiac imagers from around the world.

Offered Entirely Remotely!

The 11th Annual UCLA Fetal Echocardiography Virtual Symposium will be available through a live virtual meeting web platform.

  • Registrants will be able to participate live in the UCLA Fetal Echocardiography Virtual Symposium.
  • Registrants will receive a virtual meeting link and password to access the virtual conference.
  • Registrants will be provided the opportunity to review recorded sessions for 3 weeks after the conference.


*Note: To ensure course material is received before the course begins, early registration is advised. Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, October 15th.

Enrollment on the day(s) of the course: Registration will only be accepted between 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Pacific Standard Time). Please call (512) 270-8113 or email us at to enroll.

Course Fee

  • Registration Fee: $200.00

Enroll Online

To enroll click here.

By Mail

Use the registration form in the brochure and mail to:
UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Fetal Echocardiography 2021
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Send the completed enrollment form with credit card information and authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

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


Cancellations must be received in writing by September 7, 2021 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

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 Associate Director

Tracy Anton, BS, RDMS, RDCS, FAIUM
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Reproductive Medicine
Ultrasound Practitioner
University of California, San Diego

UCLA Faculty

Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

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

Christina Han, MD
Associate, Center for Fetal Medicine & Women’s Ultrasound
Associate Clinical Professor
Fellowship Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Roslyn Rivera RN, BSN, CPN-BC
Fetal and Pediatric Cardiology Nurse Coordinator
Cardiac High Acuity Surveillance Nurse
UCLA Children’s Heart Center
Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Los Angeles, California

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

Guest Faculty

Nita Doshi, MD
Assistant Professor
Senior Pediatric Cardiologist
Head, Fetal Cardiology Program
Children’s Hospital Orange County

Mishella Perez BS, RDMS, RDCS, FAIUM
Clinical Ultrasound Educator
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA

Saturday, October 16, 2021

8:00 am (PST) Welcome and Introduction
Session 1
Moderators: Tracy Anton, RDMS, and Christina Han, MD
8:15 am Fetal Cardiac Screening: How To Meet/Exceed Current Guidelines
Mishella Perez, RDMS
8:40 am Quantitative Measurements in Fetal Cardiac Imaging: Which, When, How?
Nita Doshi, MD
9:05 am Challenging Scans: What Are The Most Important Views for Patients with Limited Windows?
Mark Sklansky, MD
9:30 am Round Table Discussion: Fetal Cardiac Screening
All speakers
9:55 am Break
Session 2
Moderators: Greggory DeVore, MD, and Gary Satou, MD
10:15 am Pulmonary/Systemic Venous Abnormalities: Detection Made Easier
Tracy Anton, RDMS
10:40 am Four-Chamber Abnormalities: VSD, AV Canal, HLHS
Gary Satou, MD
11:05 am Outflow Tract Abnormalities: TGA/TOF/Coarctation
Mark Sklansky, MD
11:30 am Patient Testimonials—Children Speak For Themselves!
12:00 pm Lunch
Session 3
Moderators: Greggory DeVore, MD, and Christina Han, MD
1:00 pm Caring for the Whole Patient
Roslyn Rivera, RN
1:25 pm Perinatal Management of HLHS/TGA/Heterotaxy
Yalda Afshar, MD
1:50 pm Fetal Arrhythmias: Basics of Diagnosis
Gary Satou, MD
2:15 pm Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Important Clues For Detecting Fetal Heart Defects
Greggory DeVore, MD
2:40 pm Round Table Discussion: Fetal Echocardiography
All speakers
3:05 pm Break
Session 4
Moderators: Yalda Afshar, MD and Mishella Perez, RDMS
3:20 pm Surgery for CHD: What and Why The Fetal Specialist Should Know
Gary Satou, MD
3:45 pm Mistakes and Near Misses—False Positives, False Negatives
Mark Sklansky, MD
4:10 pm Live Scanning: Essentials of Screening and Fetal Echocardiography
Greggory DeVore, MD and Mark Sklansky, MD
4:35 pm Final Questions and Answers for the Speakers: No Question is Too Basic, Too Complicated, or Too Controversial
All speakers
5:00 pm Adjourn

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

  • Identify current guidelines for fetal cardiac screening and fetal echocardiography
  • Improve their basic approach to screening low risk pregnancies for fetal heart disease
  • Identify new ways to optimize image quality and angle of acquisition
  • Acquire high-quality images/clips of the four-chamber view, outflow tracts, and three-vessel views
  • Evaluate and diagnose fetal arrhythmias
  • Recognize the importance of a perinatal team approach to the management of fetal heart disease

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 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

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 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.