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Formation of SOPE Subcommittees

Updated: May 5, 2021

SOPE forms subcommittees to suit the needs of our membership

SOPE Education Subcommittee

In 2019 SOPE provided its first webinar in conjunction with the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This inaugural webinar by Bernadette Richards, FASE, RDCS, Technical Director, Echo Lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital was titled “Shoptalk: Imaging the ACHD patient’. There were over 1000 attendees with very positive feedback including request for more congenital webinars! Our second very successful live webinar took place on May 29, 2020. Mishella Perez BS, RDMS, RDCS, sonographer educator, Scripps Health San Diego presented “Fetal Echocardiography: Protocol and Technique.” This webinar followed by a Q&A session included AIUM practice parameters for the performance of fetal echocardiography and discussed how to optimize techniques to improve screening for congenital heart disease. The society plans to continue these CME opportunities in coordination with IAC going forward. Please let us know which topics you would enjoy most by connecting with us by email or on social media by emailing Bernadette at or Shubhi at Subcommittee Co-Chairs Co-Chair: Shubhika Srivastava, MD Co-Chair: Bernadette Richards, RDCS Subcommittee Members Carolyn Wilhelm, MD Joan Lipinski, RCDS Shaji Menon, MD

SOPE Early Career Development Subcommittee

The Early Career Development subcommittee seeks to provide a range of resources for junior physicians and sonographers to help launch their careers in echocardiography. Our initial venture will pair mentors and mentees with similar interests/goals together to allow individualized guidance. Interested individuals can sign up on our website, beginning at the time of our Virtual Symposium on August 6, 2020. Future plans include webinars with expert panels on a range of topics, including job search, CV composition, and building a research career in imaging. Please contact Bernadette at or Tim at with any ideas you have for the Early Career Development subcommittee. Subcommittee Members Co-Chair: Bernadette Richards, RDCS Co-Chair: Tim Slesnick, MD Traci Boge, RDCS Mary Donofrio, MD Lauren McCann, RDCS Andrew Rodenbarger, MD

SOPE Echo Lab Collaborative Subcommittee

The Pediatric Echo Lab Collaborative launched and was announced at the annual SOPE meeting in 2019. The goal is to be a learning collaborative using echocardiography to improve the quality and value of echocardiography and the outcome of children with congenital and acquired heart disease. As such, we have launched our first project entitled “Reducing Discrepancies between Preoperative Echo and Intraoperative findings”. This quality improvement project will determine the type of discrepancies made on preoperative echocardiography compared to intraoperative findings. Ultimately, the goal is to minimize these discrepancies. This effort has been led by Shobha Natarajan and Meryl Cohen. A pilot group of institutions will start collecting prospective data this summer and then it will be opened to the entire SOPE community at large to participate. For more information on how your center can participate in the Pediatric Echo Lab Collaborative, please email: or We encourage submissions of ideas for projects. Pediatric sonographers are encouraged to submit ideas directly related to their work environment. Project Lead Shobha Natarajan (CHOP) Subcommittee Members Aarti Bhat, Pei-Ne Jone, Meryl Cohen

SOPE Communications Subcommittee

The Communications Subcommittee plans to distribute newsletters quarterly. We will also be working on increasing SOPE’s social media presence, as well as helping Tara Foy at FirstPoint management to revise our website. Please reach out to Beth Printz at with any suggestions you may have!

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