Society of Pediatric Echocardiography

SOPE

Since its formation in 1975, the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) has provided a forum for education, collaboration, and networking to the community of pediatric and adult cardiologists, fellows, and sonographers with a specific interest in the practice of pediatric and congenital echocardiography.

SOPE is an independent organization whose mission is to maintain and promote excellence in the echocardiographic examination of every fetus, infant, child, and adolescent as well as an adult with congenital heart disease. In addition, SOPE is committed to optimizing the training of pediatric echocardiographers and sonographers, having participated in the development of guidelines and standards for the nomenclature of cardiac septal structures as well as physician training in pediatric, fetal, and transesophageal echocardiography.
 

In collaboration with the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the IAC Echocardiography, SOPE assists in the establishment and promotion of universal standards for the nomenclature and orientation of two-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography as well as contrast and fetal echocardiography.

 

MISSION 


To provide a unique environment for the pediatric and adult congenital echocardiography community to collaborate with other imaging societies to promote networking, education, advocacy, research, and program development.

 

PURPOSE


The purpose of the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) is to maintain and promote excellence in the ultrasonic examination of the heart of every fetus, infant, child, and adolescent, as well as the adult with congenital heart disease. In addition, the society shall offer guidance in the education and training of  pediatric and congenital echocardiographers and sonographers.  
 

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE SOCIETY OF PEDIATRIC ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY


A Message from Our President
 



 

Mark Lewin, MD

SOPE President 2020-22021

 

Unprecedented times. Extraordinary times. Challenging times.

 

All true. This is also a time defined by extremely varied experiences with some of us in a bit of a “protective bubble”, while others going through hell. Our realities are unique, but we are all experiencing anxiety towards the future. I wrote these words a month ago; I did not realize at that time that it would apply to more than the COVID crisis.

 

While we are living in isolation, COVID-19 has also brought us together in interesting ways. The pediatric community has always stepped up in these situations, and we are now seeing that occur today. For the most part, our patients have been spared, but their families are frightened, and we have faced massive changes in our practices. While our in-person meetings, including the ACC and ASE Scientific Sessions, have been canceled this year, we have quickly figured out other ways to communicate and share ideas, whether it is via publication, webinar, virtual conferences, listserv, or simply reaching out to those across the land.

 

So, what does this have to do with the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography?  We at SOPE are trying to do our part. We co-sponsored the COVID-19 ASE Statement on Protection of Patients and Echocardiography Service Providers During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak – Pediatric, Fetal and Congenital Heart Disease. Our members have shared novel ideas and have worked in their local communities, nationally and internationally to ensure that pediatric and fetal echo is being performed in a safe and effective manner during this “challenging time”. As we have always done, we will continue to do our part, and will exceed expectations.

 

Turning our attention for a moment away from the pandemic, this year has been one that we have been excited to roll out to all of you, the members of SOPE.  I would like to thank the SOPE Board for their efforts (Tim Slesnick, Bernadette Richards, Shubhika Srivastava, Beth Printz, and Meryl Cohen), as well as Tara Foy who has provided expert SOPE management.  Our Board has been meeting regularly, with the singular goal of answering the question: “How can SOPE bring value to its members?”  We broached this question in an intentional way in November 2019 via a day-long SOPE Board virtual retreat. During this retreat and for the subsequent 5 months we completed the work that we had hoped to share broadly at the SOPE Symposium 2020 in Denver. Clearly, this is not going to happen, so please allow me the opportunity to update you now:

 

  • SOPE Symposium: our intent for this year’s symposium had been to collaborate with other noninvasive imaging groups (CT/MR). We will continue our efforts to join forces with other societies (including SCMR and ASE) in order to more effectively bring value. More on our plans for a Virtual SOPE Symposium below.

  • Webinar: We have held several educational webinars, with more either scheduled or in the works. These have been enormously successful, with >1000 logged in for our inaugural session!

  • Subcommittee development: Education, Early Career Development, Echo Collaborative, and Communication. Many of you have applied for membership on these Subcommittees. Thank you for your engagement. Throughout this Newsletter, you will find additional information regarding these Subcommittees as described by the Subcommittee chairs.

  • SOPE Board bylaws and amendments: We have worked to reduce the duration of Board member terms of service in order to allow more members to participate in leadership positions. You can find our new bylaws with the amendments here: http://www.sopeonline.org/SOPEONLINE/SOPE_Bylaws.aspx

  • Social Media: We have been intentional in our use of social media to communicate with SOPE members.

  • Increase sonographer involvement on SOPE Board and Subcommittees.

 

Stay tuned! While we will not be together face-to-face in June, we will be having Virtual SOPE Symposium 2020 on Thursday, August 6. The Save-The-Date is included in this Newsletter, and a formal program will be emailed in the next several weeks. Our intention is to replicate the important activities that occur in the SOPE Symposium, including the ability to socially connect, to introduce the fellows and junior faculty in our groups, and to educate.

 

 Our intent is to increase SOPE membership by demonstrating that SOPE does have value to fetal, pediatric, and congenital cardiologists and sonographers. Please reach out to me at mark.lewin@seattlechildrens.org if you have ideas as to how we can improve.

 

While few of us can change the big picture, we have the capacity for small acts of kindness.  Make the effort – others will be grateful. You will feel better about it.

 

I look forward to seeing you again in the not-too-distant future, and to work with you to improve our field.

 

Be safe. Be well. 

Mark Lewin, 2019-2021 President SOPE

Together While Separate

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Our Mission

To provide a unique environment for the pediatric and adult congenital echocardiography community to collaborate with other imaging societies to promote networking, education, advocacy, research, and program development.

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Our Vision

The purpose of the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) is to  maintain and promote excellence in the ultrasonic examination of the heart of every fetus, infant, child, and adolescent, as well as the adult with congenital heart disease. In addition, the society shall offer guidance in the education and training of  pediatric and congenital echocardiographers and sonographers.

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