Critical Care Echocardiography                                         Two Days

The Alfred Transthoracic Echocardiography course is well established having commenced in early 2011. It attracts a wide range of specialists and senior registrars from intensive care, anaesthesia and emergency medicine from Australia and New Zealand. The course is run over two days with a comprehensive pre-reading package covering basic physics and normal transthoracic anatomy.

We are the first course in Australia to utilise the Heartworks echocardiography simulator which is a new and exciting addition to education in echocardiography. The 3D anatomy package helps participants gain superior visual and spatial orientation whilst simultaneously obtaining practical experience on the simulation manikin.

The aim of the course is to teach the basic echocardiography examination with an emphasis predominantly on qualitative assessment as well as quantitative assessment relevant to critical care (cardiac output assessment, quantitative assessment of EF, estimation of right ventricular pressures, haemodynamic response to fluid therapy).

At the end of the course we expect that each participant will have the ability to perform and report a complete Level 1 echocardiography study.

The hands-on component of the course takes 50% of the teaching time, with a 1:2 instructor: candidate ratio using healthy volunteers in addition to the Heartworks echocardiography simulator.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as these courses have been filling fast. For more details on the course programme, dates and to register please click here.

The Alfred Critical Care Echocardiography & Ultrasound Course Pre-Reading

Critical Care Ultrasound (CCU)                    One Day

The Critical Care Ultrasound course runs as a one-day stand-alone course to follow on from the TTE course (above) bi-annually. This course addresses the needs of critical care specialists in acquiring the cognitive and technical skills required to make use of the explosion in point-of-care ultrasound technology which has been a major advance in intensive care medicine in the last decade.

The faculty will teach the basics of chest, pleural, vascular and abdominal ultrasound with focus on rapid assessment for critically ill patients (FAST, pneumothorax diagnosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, hydronephrosis) and safe ultrasound guided procedures (vascular access, percutaneous tracheostomy, paracentesis). We will utilise normal models (healthy volunteers) as well as pathological models (peritoneal dialysis patients for FAST scanning).

The faculty comprises ultrasound accredited intensive care specialists with a 1:3 instructor to candidate ratio for hands on teaching. The faculty have five intensivists with DDU and an emergency physician/intensivist with experience in trauma FAST scans.

For more details on the course programme, dates and to register please click here . Please note there is a substantial discount if you are doing both the Transthoracic course and this course.

The Alfred Critical Care Echocardiography & Ultrasound Course Pre-Reading

TOE (Transoesophageal Echocardiography)         Two days          

The inaugural TOE course held in March 2013 was the first of its kind in Australia showcasing the Heartworks 3D simulator.  We have recently acquired a Heartworks simulator (see which is a fantastic state of the art 3D anatomy simulator and is the only one in Australia. The TOE course will showcase this cutting edge teaching tool. We will have two simulators running for the course. The focus of the course will be to provide a solid foundation in TOE anatomy for the specialists or advanced trainees wanting to learn TOE.

The Heartworks Simulator provides a very realistic appearance of 2D ultrasound TOE views allowing to learner to appreciate the effect of transducer manipulations on the displayed image.

This course will be a mix of didactic teaching by experts in the field with small group hands on sessions with the simulators.  The faculty will be predominantly intensivists with training in TOE with invited experts from cardiac anaesthesia and cardiology. One of the Alfred cardiac surgeons will run a wet lab using porcine heart to demonstrate the surgical anatomy and common cardiac surgery operations.

Please book early to avoid disappointment as these courses have been filling fast. For more details on the course programme, dates and to register please click here.

The Alfred Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course Pre-Reading