On Demand CMEs

Welcome to our on-demand CME courses. The courses below are self paced and customers will have 90 days to complete the course.

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  • 2.25 SDMS CMEs: 2.25 Vascular Technology. This package covers superficial temporal artery and branches as well as EndoAVF Technology. You will review the pathology of giant cell arteritis and describe the clinical presentation, proper scanning techniques, and machine optimization. You will also learn about Endo AVF dialysis including differences between traditional surgical AVF creation verses EndoAVF creation.

    • Credits: 2.25 SDMS CMEs (2.25 VT)
    • Price: $45 USD
    • Lectures:
      • Scanning and Management of Superficial Temporal Artery and Branches
      • Introduction to New Technology EndoAVF

    Andrew Bachman

    BS, RVT

    Andrew is currently the NIVL Clinical Specialist for St. Luke’s University Health Network, overseeing 11 hospitals, 22 dedicated Vascular testing labs, and over 40 technologists. In addition, he is an adjunct professor for the Vascular Sonography Program at Northampton Area Community College. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in health science from Lock Haven University in 2006 and a post-graduate degree from South Hills School of Business and Technology in 2007. He is the author and co-authored of several medical research studies and has earned respect within the vascular community through his numerous lectures and training courses.

  • 3.0 SDMS CMEs: 3.0 Abdominal Sonography. This package will provide a comprehensive review of the structure and function of the gallbladder and biliary tree, the liver, and the kidney. In addition, each presenter will review common abnormalities and pathology.

    • Credits: 3.0 SDMS CMEs (3.0 AB)
    • Price: $60 USD
    • Lectures:
      • The Gallbladder Biliary Ducts and Bile: A Love Story
      • Don’t Fear the Liver is Here! A Hepatic Refresher
      • Hello Kidney: A Renal Review
  • 3.0 SDMS CMEs: 1.75 Adult Echocardiography, 1.25 Pediatric Echocardiography. This package covers three-dimensional application in the echo lab, the pediatric echocardiogram, and interesting cases in Echocardiography. You will learn the required echo views and windows to properly diagnose abnormally rare pathologies, learn imaging tips and tricks for successful pediatric echocardiographic imaging, and differentiate between different types of acquisitions with 3D along with their advantages.

    • Credits: 3.0 SDMS CMEs (1.75 AE, 1.25 PE)
    • Price: $60 USD
    • Lectures:
      • 3-D: Application in the Echo Lab
      • Looking through my window: Interesting Cases in Echocardiology 
      • The Complete Pediatric Echocardiogram
  • 2.5 SDMS CMEs: 2.5 Fetal Echocardiography Credits. In the first lecture, you will review the basic types of arrhythmias encountered in the fetus. You will learn how to assess fetal arrhythmias with m-mode and spectral Doppler so that you have a clear understanding of the importance. You will also review the maternal factors that predispose a fetus to an arrhythmia. In the second lecture, you will review how to acquire a Three-Vessel Trachea view and its usefulness in helping diagnose a variety of structural congenital heart defects in the fetus.

    • Credits: 2.5 SDMS CMEs (2.0 FE)
    • Price: $50 USD
    • Lectures:
      • Fetal Arrhythmias
      • Importance of the Three-Vessel Trachea View in Fetal Echocardiography Fetal Arrhythmias

    Julia Drose

    BA, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FAIUM, FSDMS

    Julia Drose is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Previously, Julia managed the Departments of Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis at the University of Colorado Hospital for 35 years before retiring in 2017. Julia served as chairperson of the ARDMS exam development task force on fetal echo. She holds registries in fetal echo, adult echo, ob/gyn, abdominal and vascular technology. She is a recipient of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)’s Distinguished Sonographer Award. Julia is the editor of the widely respected textbook Fetal Echocardiography, which released its second edition in 2010. Julia is a renowned sonographer with a career-long commitment to excellence in ultrasound education. 

  • 4.0 SDMS CMEs: 4.0 Adult Echocardiography Credits. This course is tailored to echocardiographers. Echocardiographers will enjoy this course by Richard Palma. Enjoy a course of deep-diving into topics such as Hemodynamics, Diastology, Stress Echo, and Cardiac Masses. This course is sure to improve your understanding and assessment skills.

    • Credits: 4.0 SDMS CMEs (4.0 AE)
    • Price: $80 USD
    • Lectures:
      • Interesting Cases in Hemodynamics
      • Understanding Diastology
      • Stress Echocardiography for Ischemic Heart Disease
      • Sonographer's role in the evaluation of Cardiac Masses

    Richard Palma

    BS, ACS, RDCS, RCS, FSDMS, FASE

    Richard “Richie” Palma is a distinguished educator in physics and cardiac ultrasound. He is passionate about ultrasound and brings his enthusiasm to each of his lectures. He is the director and clinical coordinator of the Duke Cardiac Ultrasound Certificate Program. Previously, he was the Associate Clinical Professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut and the director of the Hoffman Heart Institute School of Cardiovascular Technology and Ultrasound. He has worked in the profession since 1990. He was the first in the country to become a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography and one of the first to earn the credential of Advanced Cardiac Sonographer (ACS). In 2011 he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the SDMS and was inducted as a Fellow in 2016. Richie is a co-author of numerous papers and cardiac materials. He lectures extensively both nationally and internationally on adult echocardiography and contrast.

  • 6.0 SDMS CMEs: 6.0 Adult Echocardiography Credits. This course is tailored to echocardiographers. Echocardiographers will enjoy this course by several of the most dynamic leading sonographers of our day. Enjoy a course of deep-diving into topics such as making the bridge from LVAD to Transplant and aortic stenosis. We will also explore a multitude of pathologies such as endocarditis, pericardial disease, congenital heart defects, and cardiomyopathy. This course is sure to improve your understanding and assessment skills.

    • Credits: 6.0 SDMS CMEs (6.0 AE)
    • Price: $120 USD
    • Lectures:
      • Making the Bridge: LVAD to Transplant
      • Aortic Stenosis: Assessment and Analysis
      • Endocarditis
      • Pericardial Disease
      • Congenital Heart Defects: Atrial and Ventricular Septal Defects
      • Cardiomyopathy Assessment

    Alicia Armour

    MA, ACS, RDCS, FASE

    Alicia Armour is the Health Center Administrator at Duke Triangle Heart Associates. She oversees the cardiology clinic including diagnostic staff (echocardiology, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, device clinic, and nuclear testing), nursing, medical assistants, and Advanced Practice Providers (NP, PA). With a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and extensive experience in adult echocardiography, she is the perfect person to answer all your questions. Alicia is also active in the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), where she has served as faculty for the Annual Scientific Sessions, various committees, and writing groups, and is the representative to the IAC-Echocardiography Board of Directors.

    Ashlee Davis

    RDCS, ACS

    Ashlee is currently the Chief Technologist of the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit at Duke University where she has worked as a Cardiac Sonographer since 2008. Ashlee has been active in the American Society of Echocardiography serving on multiple committees, writing groups, and was honored to be part of the first inaugural class of the ASE Leadership Academy. In addition to ASE, she is involved in the CCI ACS writing committee, SDMS, and local echo societies giving talks and participating in annual meetings.

    Ashlee received her bachelor's degree in Medical Imaging from the University of Oklahoma. She is proud to hold both ACS and RDCS registries. Through the connections she has made in the small world of Echocardiography, Ashlee has been able to travel all over the country and internationally, teaching others about echo. Ashlee has spoken at national conferences, worked with Dr. Joe Kisslo teaching people to “Think in 3D”, been invited to contribute to publications in Journals and textbooks, traveled to Rwanda to help patients with rheumatic heart disease, and had the opportunity to participate in many echo research projects. Ashlee is excited to be involved in the future of echocardiography.  


    Steven Walling

    BS, ACS, RCS, RDCS, FASE

    Steven Walling is currently the program director and clinical coordinator at the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute School of Cardiovascular Technology in Hartford, CT. He graduated from Springfield College with a BS degree in Exercise Science in 2001. Steve is a registered Advanced Cardiac Sonographer and works as an adjunct faculty member with the Cardiac Ultrasound program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, MA.  He has served on multiple committees with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and earned his ASE Fellowship (FASE) in 2013.    

    As a nationally recognized speaker and educator, Steve has lectured at the ASE, SDMS, and hospitals throughout the country. He has also lectured internationally, most recently working in hospitals in Germany and Australia.   

  • 4.25 SDMS CMEs: 4.25 Point of Care Ultrasound .75 SPI, 1.5 VT, 2 OT Credits. In this lecture, you will learn the definition and utility of the Point of Care (POCUS) Exam. We all know holding a transducer is easy, however, understanding the basic physics of ultrasound is essential for proper diagnosis. We will discuss the basic concepts of which transducer is best when scanning different sections of the body. You will learn about POC of the aorta and its major branches. Quick assessment and interpretation of your finding are key. Continuing through the course you will begin to understand the basic venous anatomy and pathophysiology of the legs and how to perform a POC duplex for the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis. We will cover POC MSK Ultrasound. Learn the sonographic appearance of normal bones, tendons, ligaments, etc. Gain confidence in your abilities to differentiate between structures with best-in-class tips from ESP’s MSK physician expert. And finally, get inside the mind of an ER physician and learn best-in-class tricks of the trade to arrive at a quick interpretation as you learn about POC in Trauma, the eFast Exam.

    • Credits: 4.25 SDMS CMEs ( .75 SPI, 1.5 VT, 2 OT)
    • Price: $80 USD
    • Lectures:
    • Fundamental principles of ultrasound 
    • POCUS Abdominal Aorta
    • POCUS DVT
    • POCUS Basic MSK
    • Trauma in Ultrasound eFAST Exam

    Brian Tollefson

    MD, FACEP, RMSK, RDMS, CAQ SPORTS MEDICINE

    Brian Tollefson has a rare clinical expertise in both emergency and sports medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he has practiced for a number of years. As an attending physician and professor of emergency medicine, Dr. Tollefson lectures regularly on emergency, point of care, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program, Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, and serves as the Vice Chair for Education in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Tollefson has an exceptional knowledge of ultrasound for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. His area of ultrasound expertise encompasses emergency, point of care, and musculoskeletal medicine.

    Dr. Tollefson holds RMSK and RDMS credentials and is exceptionally qualified to teach courses on point of care and musculoskeletal ultrasound. His teaching style is incredibly concise and highly motivating for those seeking advanced education and certification in Point of Care and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.

  • 3.25 SDMS CMEs: 3.25 Vascular Technology (VT) Credits. These three presentations will unravel the mysteries of the saphenous and pelvic anatomy as well as explain the differences between types of edema. The saphenous lecture provides a basic overview of venous hemodynamics, anatomy of the saphenous systems, technical tips, and challenges the sonographer to think “outside the color box”. Confused about edema? The lecture on edema is geared toward educating the working Vascular Sonographer as to the clinical differences and associations of chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and lipedema. Seasoned sonographers alike think performing pelvic venous ultrasounds can be one of the most complicated ultrasounds we perform. Why is it considered complicated? We know the anatomy…. Or do we? In this lecture, you will learn about pelvic venous disorders. Listen as one of the leading experts in pelvic venous ultrasound breaks down and simplifies the protocol and how to interpret the ultrasound findings. Newly published treatment algorithms will be covered. Let us help you break down this complicated exam into palatable pieces of information so that you may go back to your vascular lab and perform the best exam ever!

    • Credits: 3.25 SDMS CMEs (3.25 VT)
    • Price: $60 USD
    • Lectures:
      • The NOT So Simple Saphenous System
      • Clinical Comparison of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Lymphedema, and Lipedema
      • Duplex Ultrasound for Pelvic Venous Disorders

    Jean M. White-Melendez

    RVT, RPHS, FSVU

    Jean is a nationally recognized as a premier expert in venous disease, vascular testing and is a frequent lecturer throughout the USA. She has served as an application reviewer and site visitor for the Inter-societal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Jean has served on the Board of Directors of multiple vascular societies and foundations. She was honored as a Fellow of the SVU in 2014.

    Steve Bernhardt

    RDMS, RVT, RPHS

    Steve Bernhardt is the Abdominal Sonography instructor. He has been a Medical Sonographer since 1982. Educated at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma with specialties in abdominal, obstetrical, vascular and phlebology ultrasound. His experience includes 21 years at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana supervising both the general and vascular ultrasound departments. Presently practicing sonography and owner of Vascular Health Imaging in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ESP faculty member since 1993.

    Sara Skjonsberg

    BS, RVT, RPhS

    Sara Skjonsberg BS, RVT, RPhS, graduated from Seattle University's diagnostic Ultrasound Program in 2013. She worked for the University of Washington DE Strandness Jr. Vascular Lab for 4 years where she was lucky enough to have extensive venous training with Dr. Mark Meissner who jump-started her involvement with the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, Society of Vascular Ultrasound and American Venous Forum. She is currently the chair for the ultrasound section of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society,  a board member of the IAC Vein Center, president of Northwest Vascular Technology Society and has written multiple textbook chapters and journal articles;  She is currently working as the vascular lab manager for Oregon Vascular Specialists in Bend, Oregon.

  • 6.75 SDMS CMEs: 6.75 Adult Echocardiography Credits. This course is tailored to echocardiographers. Echocardiographers will enjoy this course created by two dynamic leading sonographers Alicia Armour and Ashlee Davis. Enjoy deep-diving into topics on measurements from M-Mode to 3D, history, and basics of 3D, and advanced quantification with 3D. Explore types and physiology of mitral regurgitation, tips, and tricks with AR and AS, and discussions on types of surgical and minimally invasive treatments for MR and AS.

    • Credits: 6.75 SDMS CMEs (6.75 AE)
    • Price: $120 USD
    • Lectures:
      • Progression of Measurements from M-Mode to 3D
      • History and Basics of 3D
      • 3D Advanced Quantification
      • Mitral Regurgitation Quantification
      • Assessment of the Aortic Valve: AR and AS
      • Interventions and Treatment of MR and AS

    Alicia Armour

    MA, ACS, RDCS, FASE

    Alicia Armour is the Health Center Administrator at Duke Triangle Heart Associates. She oversees the cardiology clinic including diagnostic staff (echocardiology, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, device clinic, and nuclear testing), nursing, medical assistants, and Advanced Practice Providers (NP, PA). With a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and extensive experience in adult echocardiography, she is the perfect person to answer all your questions. Alicia is also active in the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), where she has served as faculty for the Annual Scientific Sessions, various committees, and writing groups, and is the representative to the IAC-Echocardiography Board of Directors.

    Ashlee Davis

    RDCS, ACS

    Ashlee is currently the Chief Technologist of the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit at Duke University where she has worked as a Cardiac Sonographer since 2008. Ashlee has been active in the American Society of Echocardiography serving on multiple committees, writing groups, and was honored to be part of the first inaugural class of the ASE Leadership Academy. In addition to ASE, she is involved in the CCI ACS writing committee, SDMS, and local echo societies giving talks and participating in annual meetings.

    Ashlee received her bachelor's degree in Medical Imaging from the University of Oklahoma. She is proud to hold both ACS and RDCS registries. Through the connections she has made in the small world of Echocardiography, Ashlee has been able to travel all over the country and internationally, teaching others about echo. Ashlee has spoken at national conferences, worked with Dr. Joe Kisslo teaching people to “Think in 3D”, been invited to contribute to publications in Journals and textbooks, traveled to Rwanda to help patients with rheumatic heart disease, and had the opportunity to participate in many echo research projects. Ashlee is excited to be involved in the future of echocardiography.  


  • 3.25 SDMS CMEs: 3.25 Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) Credits. This presentation provides a great review of three of the most important ultrasound physics topics: attenuation, angle of insonation, and color Doppler. Join Bill as he explains how ultrasound energy is lost as it travels through the tissues. He will drive home the importance of the proper angle with not only grayscale imaging but the significant impact it has on Doppler data. And finally, learn everything you need to know about color Doppler!

    Credits: 3.25 SDMS CMEs (3.25 SPI)

    Price: $60 USD

    Lectures:

    Color My World

    Ultrasound Angle of Insonation  

    Attenuation – What happens when we send ultrasound into the tissues 


    William B. Schroedter

    BS, RVT, RPHS, FSVU

    ESP’s Vascular program is recognized as the largest, most effective and efficient method for technologists and physicians preparing for RVT and RVS credentials. William Schroedter is a distinguished educator at the national and international level. He is recognized as an authority in all aspects of vascular testing in both clinical practice and education. Bill spent 7 years on the Society of Vascular Ultrasound Board of Directors, served as SVU Vice President, was honored as a Fellow in 1998 and awarded the SVU Distinguished Service Award in 1995 and 2006.  With dozens of publications, Bill was awarded the DE Strandness Award for Scientific Research in 2010, 2012, and 2013 for original vascular research. Bill loves vascular ultrasound (he has even been known to scan patients on vacation) and teaches with a great passion for the field and especially for new sonographers.