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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109

Building a global and diverse community of echo enthusiasts

President, American Society of Echocardiography Professor, with Tenure Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA

Date of Web Publication29-Aug-2019

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Madhav Swaminathan
American Society of Echocardiography, 2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 450, Durham, NC 27713
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DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_23_19

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Swaminathan M. Building a global and diverse community of echo enthusiasts. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging 2019;3:109

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Swaminathan M. Building a global and diverse community of echo enthusiasts. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jul 10];3:109. Available from: http://www.jiaecho.org/text.asp?2019/3/2/109/265750

On behalf of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), I would like to congratulate the Indian Academy of Echocardiography (IAE) on its silver jubilee. Since its inception in 1994, the IAE has become a strong beacon of echocardiography across south Asia with over 2700 members. Just like the ASE and several other prominent professional organizations, the IAE started as an enthusiastic concept discussed by the dedicated few with a common dream to grow a field of the science of echocardiography. That was the easy part. The challenge was to make that dream a reality and make difficult choices along the way. But a long way it has come. From hosting international meetings like the 6th World Congress of Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound in 2002, and its 16th edition in 2011, to partnering with the ASE, the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, and the Asian Pacific Association of Echocardiography, the IAE has truly become a global organization. It is remarkable that the IAE celebrates the 25th year of its existence as the ASE celebrates its 30th annual scientific sessions in the same year. These two partners in echocardiography have a single purpose: to be the professional home for all echo enthusiasts and to promote excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound. The ASE and IAE have been partners since the creation of the IAE and have collaborated in several ways, including joint sessions, educational events, guideline standardization, humanitarian outreach events, and, also, the highly successful 2nd World Summit in Echocardiography in Gurgaon in 2013.

Over the years, our partnership has been productive. However, we cannot lose sight of the changing world we live in. Echocardiography continues to evolve. Its reach now extends much beyond the traditional domain of the echo lab. Echo users are now as diverse as ever, including anesthesiologists, intensivists, emergency room care providers, and medical students who have yet to commit to an area of study in medicine. While the echo probe is now available to many users, it is our duty to ensure that the high quality of echocardiography we endorse is never compromised. We can do so by continuing to provide our members and the echo community at large with high-quality education, support innovation in echocardiography, and provide resources for cutting edge research. By incorporating new users into our strategic initiatives going forward, we will build and gradually grow a global community of echo enthusiasts. We must embrace diversity and ensure equity in representation of women, trainees, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Only then will we realize the goal of excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound.

The IAE and ASE are relatively young societies, but are growing all the time. With a mission to promote excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and advocate for best practices, both societies are poised to enter the next decade with a stronger partnership that will benefit our community of echo enthusiasts and eventually benefit our patients the most. The ASE extends its best wishes to the IAE in recognition of its silver jubilee and continued growth in the coming years.

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