The following are the goals of the perioperative TEE education program:
- To achieve advanced cognitive and technical skills in perioperative TEE as defined in the ASE/SCA training guidelines.
- To complete at least 150 perioperative TEE exams that are personally performed, interpreted and reported.
- To complete at least 150 complete TEE exams that are reviewed but not personally performed with supervising attendings.
- To submit echo images for one case for publication in an imaging journal (example, Echo Rounds in Anesthesia & Analgesia).
In order to successfully achieve these goals, fellows should seek the help of cardiothoracic anesthesiology faculty, especially for goal #3. Faculty mentors can assist with identifying cases and preparation for publication. A manuscript relating to imaging should be submitted by the end of the fellowship.
- Fellows should participate in all Wednesday morning TEE seminars that are designed to prepare them for the NBE board exams.
- All TEE reports should be completed within 24 hours of the TEE exam.
- Review the TEE exam in the OR with the attending assigned to that case.
- Complete a personal logbook of reviewed TEE cases.
- Communicate all echo findings to the surgical team.