Certifying Examination for Cardiac Sonographers


PURPOSE OF THE EXAM:  To certify cardiac sonographers who have an acceptable level of knowledge, expertise and competency in the practice of cardiac sonography which will contribute ultimately to patient safety and quality of patient care.

COMPOSITION of the Board of Examiners for Philippine Cardiac Sonographers
Chair:         Edwin Tucay, MD, FPSE
Co-chair:   Ronald Cuyco, MD, FPSE
Secretary:  Bridget Donato-Fernandez, MD, FPSE
Members:  Victor Lazaro, MD, FPSE
                  Jonnie Bote Nunez, MD, FPSE
                  Sue Ann Locnen, MD, FPSE
Technical Resource Person:  Aillen Senga, RMT, FPSE
  • Part  I (Written):  Sept 10,  2017 -- 1-5pm Emerald B, Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila
  • Part II (Practical):  Oct 15, 2017 (venue and other details to follow)
  • 120 questions from 12 major topics
  • Type of questions:  multiple choice ( 4 choices)
  • 20 questions from each examiner
  • Passing rate:  based on MPL
  • Submission of questions and setting of MPL:  August 29, 2017 at 9am
  • Deadline of applicationSeptember 1, 2017
PRACTICAL EXAM to be discussed in due time by the examiners.
REQUIREMENTS to qualify to take the written examination
1.  Certificate of passing a cardiac sonographer training program recognized by the Philippine Society of Echocardiography*
2.  Certificate of attendance to 2 major echo-related conferences in past 2 years  
3.  Certificate of employment as cardiac sonographer for the past 3 years
4.  Letter of intent to take the exam
5.  Application fee: PhP 500
*In lieu of requirement number 1, those in practice as cardiac sonographers for past 5 years may be considered provided that a certification from a recognized cardiac laboratory by a level 3 echocardiographer as head is submitted.
COVERAGE of the Examination:
1.    Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
2.    Basic ECG
3.    Transducers and instrumentations
4.    Basic Principles of ultrasound, acoustics and Doppler 
5.    Standard views in echocardiography
6.    2D echo, M-Mode, color Doppler imaging, Tissue Doppler
7.    Echocardiography of common heart diseases (valve, congenital, coronary artery diseases)
8.    Myocardial and pericardial diseases
9.    Cardiac masses, diseases of the aorta
10.  Special procedures (contrast echo, stress echo, transesophageal echo, 3D echo and intravascular echo)
11.   Strengths and pitfalls of echo
12.   Appropriateness criteria for the use of echocardiography
  • American Society of Echocardiography guidelines
  • Armstrong, W. F., Ryan, T., & Feigenbaum, H. (2010). Feigenbaum's echocardiography (7th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
The certifying examination is an initiative of the Joint Committee on Accreditation and Board Certification in Philippine Echocardiography. The Joint Committee on Accreditation is the independent body of experts from the Philippine Heart Association and Philippine Society of Echocardiography tasked to draft and approve guidelines for training and accreditation in echocardiography for both physicians and sonographers. It is also in charge of designating the board of examiners who shall craft and administer the certifying examination for echocardiographers and cardiac sonographers.



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