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Course Overview

The 2024 Symposium and Hands-On Learning Workshop event in Baltimore, MD, once again brings together an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary faculty to present three full-days of state–of–the–art presentations and discussions. In addition, the half-day event will feature live imaging demonstrations, thus maximizing the didactic and hands-on learning experience.

This Symposium will focus on the brain-heart-placental axis and provide a clear role of the importance of fetal cardiac scanning in other fetal conditions. In addition, it will open a new horizon in cardiac scanning and screening of congenital heart defects and highlight the importance of assessing the fetus in conjunction with fetal echocardiography.  

Presentations will discuss early fetal cardiac evaluation in the NIPT era and the importance of fetal cardiac evaluation in the second trimester when associated with brain and placental diseases. In addition, we will discuss the application of the new imaging modalities, the use of artificial intelligence in cardiac scanning, and prenatal and postnatal management of these defects.   

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the latest advances in screening, diagnosing, and treatment of congenital heart diseases.
  • Describe the screening role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in congenital heart defects. 
  • Demonstrate improved practice strategies regarding the essential concepts of congenital heart disease with interactive case presentations and the applicability of the new imaging modalities 
  • Describe the most associated brain and placental abnormalities with heart defects and learn how to manage pregnant women prenatally. 
  • Postnatal neonatal cardiac intensive care  management of CHD associated with brain abnormalities and growth restriction 
  • A hands-on learning workshop will focus on applying new technological advances in complex cardiac defects and how to assess the placental function and fetal brain in conjunction with cardiac diseases. 

CME Accreditation
This event is sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm

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3rd International Symposium & Hands-On Learning Workshop

May 1 - 4, 2024

University of Maryland, Baltimore
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Course Director

Shifa Turan MD
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of Maryland School of Medicine