Invitation

6 September 2021 | HANDS-ON 3D ECHO WORKSHOP | TYGERBERG HOSPITAL, CARDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
7 – 10 September 2021 | SUNECHO COURSE | PROTEA HOTEL TECHNO PARK, STELLENBOSCH

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are all well and safe during these extraordinary times as we face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic! Many lives have been lost and millions around the world have suffered ill health. Vulnerability has taken on new meaning in previously robust contexts and countries. Consequently, the Organizing Committee has had no choice but to further postpone the conference to 6 – 10 September 2021 to be held at the same venue in Stellenbosch.

2021 sees the 11th edition of the SUNecho course. It is the flagship course of the Division of Cardiology of Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital and we are immensely proud of what this course has to offer. Those of you who have attended before will know that the course will once again ensure significant growth in your echocardiography knowledge and skill. To those who have not attended before, I recommend that you register now. Don’t wait until the 11th hour or you’ll miss out on the 11th edition!

This course has been structured to entrench basic echocardiography principles, applying these principles in a case based approach utilizing critical thinking to solve even complex challenges. Whether your aim is an introduction to the wonders of echocardiography, success in an echocardiography accreditation examination (such as the locally hosted British Society of Echocardiography examination) or adding new skills to your already considerable expertise, you will all be benefitting from the SUNecho approach.

For this year’s course we have once again ensured that the unique duo of Philip Herbst and Navroz Masani are again included in the SUNecho Faculty. The chemistry created by combining Philip Herbst, our legendary course director and Navroz Masani, echocardiography expert, educator and entertainer is indeed unique and an event not to be missed. Both SUNecho and the 3D workshop preceding SUNecho (led by Alfonso Pecoraro) are regularly oversubscribed, so grab this opportunity and register now.

This edition of SUNecho will again be hosted at the Protea Hotel, nestled in the vineyards of the Stellenbosch region. We look forward to participating in this course with you, sharing our experience, knowledge and trademark Stellenbosch University hospitality. The key to maximizing your benefit from this course lies in active participation, raising questions, sharing your experience, challenging the faculty and enjoying what SUNecho 2021 has to offer.

Anton Doubell

Head: Division of Cardiology Director: SUNHEART Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital