On behalf of the Division of Cardiology of Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Branch of the South African Heart Association I would like to welcome you to the 5th Annual SUNecho course, hosted at the Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch.
We have selected the same venue we made use of last year because it met all our expectations and more. The Protea Hotel is situated at the edge of some famous vineyards along the Stellenbosch wine route and provides the ideal facilities for this meeting. Cape Town usually enjoys beautiful weather in March – April. The city of Stellenbosch and the Western Cape have a lot to offer visitors at this time of the year. April provides beautiful weather and many attractions are on offer such as the Waterfront, Robben Island, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and Franschhoek to name but a few.
The four day echocardiography course programme has once again been carefully structured to build on basic concepts in order to familiarize participants with new and more advanced knowledge in echocardiography. Critical thinking in echocardiography remains the central theme throughout the four days. The programme is aimed at laying the foundations needed to perform echocardiography at the highest level.
The faculty includes a strong local team headed by Philip Herbst, Consultant Cardiologist at Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital. The international faculty will be led by Navroz Masani from Cardiff. Navroz is a past president of the British Society of Echocardiography, widely published in the field of echocardiography and, most importantly, renowned for his superb ability to teach echocardiography to both novices and experts alike. This is a unique opportunity to learn from individuals that are truly gifted in their ability to teach in the field of echocardiography.
The standard of the academic program will be matched by characteristic Stellenbosch Hospitality and the customary Gala dinner is an opportunity not to be missed. It is our aim to ensure a meeting of the highest standard that you will truly enjoy.
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