Over sixty pediatricians and neonatologists from across the state attended a Pediatric and Neonatal Echocardiography workshop organised in collaboration with Paediatricians with Cardiology Expertise Special Interest Group by Aster Medcity at its at the Knowledge Hub, Aster Medcity. With a faculty of eminent doctors from various leading hospitals across India, the comprehensive, hands-on workshop was specially designed for Pediatric, Neonatal, PICU and Emergency Pediatrics trainees and consultants to gain expertise in conducting and interpreting echocardiograms on neonates and children. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Paediatricians with Cardiology Expertise Special Interest Group.
The introduction of the Aster Child Heart App by Dr. Anil SR, Senior Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Aster Medcity was a highlight of the workshop. This App allows the clinical information of children with suspected congenital heart defects to be captured so that this can be relayed to a specialist. This app allows to transfer images of ECG, chest X-ray and the video loops of echocardiogram for the specialist to analyse and comment. This would then bridge the lack of super speciality care at remote places in the country.. This app also would help paediatricians and neonatologists to maintain their skills and would help them to improve their learning while in touch with the experts.
The workshop participants appreciated the comprehensive theoretical training imparted as well as the intensive practical, hands-on learning opportunities that the workshop gave them. The faculty for the workshop included renowned Cardiologists, Pediatricians, and Neonatologists from across the country. Dr. Kalyan Sundar, Senior Pediatric Cardiologist from TKNM Hospital, Coimbatore took the participants through Doppler Evaluation And Colour Doppler Assessment. Dr. Anurakthi, Senior Consultant from Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana explained Measurements In Echocardiograms and recognition of Obstructive Lesions. Dr. Edwin Francis, Senior Consultant at Lisie Hospital spoke on assessment of Critical Heart Disease using echo. Dr. Muthukumaran, Senior Consultant at Apollo Hospital, Chennai explained key concepts on the echo assessment of Pulmonary artery hypertension. Dr. Himanshu Tyagi, Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon spoke on recognizing cyanotic congenital heart disease on echo. Dr. Rakshay Shetty, Lead Pediatric Intensivist at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Bangalore took the participants through the concepts of Functional USG. Dr. Prathap Chandra, Consultant Neonatologist, FRCPCH,CCT(UK) spoke on the main objectives of Neuro Ultrasonography.
The participants then got an opportunity to putting the theoretical knowledge to use by performing echocardiograms and functional assessment of congenital heart conditions on children of all age groups.
Dr. P Venugopalan, Consultant Paediatrician with Cardiology expertise, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, NHS Trust & Chair and Convenor of Paediatricians with Cardiology Expertise Special Interest Group of the RCPCH, United Kingdom said, “This was the first workshop of its kind organised by Aster Medcity that gave pediatricians and neonatologists in Kerala the unique opportunity to listen to and learn from an eminent faculty panel comprising some of the most respected names in the field. The sessions were appreciated by the participating doctors and we look forward to organising more such workshops in the future.”