Echocardiography in clinical practice: challenges for training in an expanding field
Industry Seminar with Dr Sue Wright
Clinical practice has witnessed explosive growth in the use of echocardiography. The technique has spread from the diagnostic laboratory to the patient’s bedside, where cardiac ultrasound has in many cases replaced the traditional stethoscope as a diagnostic tool for heart disease. The growing need to train large numbers of clinicians in the echocardiography has presented challenges to the medical profession. Solutions have included the use of simulation, with which students can train in a risk-free environment.
This seminar will provide an overview of echocardiography in clinical practice and will describe the evolution of the HeartWorks echocardiography simulator.
Dr. Sue Wright MBBS FRCA FFICM was born and educated in Zimbabwe. She graduated in medicine from the University of London in 1984 and subsequently gained fellowships of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. She currently practises as a consultant anaesthetist at the St. George’s Hospital in London.
She established and led the peri-operative echocardiography service at the Heart Hospital (UCLH), where, with two colleagues, she co-invented the HeartWorks echocardiography simulator in 2008. She has continued to develop this teaching tool since, as well as authoring a TOE e-learning programme to support her educational activities, both local and international, in the field of echocardiography.