Immersive journey in congenital heart disease: Anatomical lab, echocardiography simulation and virtual reality

This course has unfortunately been cancelled. A similar course will hopefully be planned in autumn 2024 - please refer to the GOSH Learning Academy Courses page for updates.

Focus on: Double Outlet Right Ventricle + Inter-atrial + Inter-ventricular communications

Monday 4 March, 09:00-17:00 GMT
Ryan Connolly Room, Zayed Centre for Research, London

Course Directors: 

Dr Beatrice Bonello, GOSH, Professor Andrew Cook, UCL/GOSH, Dr Claudio Capelli, UCL/GOSH, Professor Jan Marek, GOSH

Event overview:

This innovative one-day course provides an in-depth review of specific congenital heart diseases using combined anatomy labs, Echocardiographic simulators and a novel virtual reality (VR) experience.

Led by a multi-disciplinary team of consultant morphologists and engineers from GOSH and UCL, this unique training offers an in-depth review of simple and complex interatrial communications; double outlet right ventricle; and ventricular septal defects, in order to address the challenges of lesions with marked anatomical variability:

  • Access to anatomical lab with hands-on sessions
  • Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE) hands-on training in congenital heart disease, using simulation equipment with both baby and adult manikins
  • Cardiac morphology training through unique, immersive VR experiences

Led by VheaRts - a collaborative project between researchers from University College London and clinicians at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Learning objectives: 

  • To understand the anatomical variability in Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and the challenge of repairs.
  • To identify the relevant information with echocardiography.
  • To improve TOE skills in order to assess simple congenital cardiac lesions.
  • To familiarise with VR technology for future learning and planning.

Who should attend:

The course is aimed at Junior doctors, Cardiac Physiologists and Consultants in paediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease specialists and Echocardiography Technicians/Sonographers working with congenital heart disease patients.


The course programme is attached

Event pricing:

£450 Standard ticket rate
£400 Earlybird/GOSH/UCL staff (Earlybird rate ends on Sunday 4 February)

GOSH staff can either a) pay via debit/credit card (if they plan to self-fund their ticket or apply to the study fund for a reimbursement) or b) apply to the study fund to directly cover the cost of their ticket (where applicable). Those applying via route b do not need to complete the registration form on this page. Please submit your study fund application and when approved the GLA Events Management Team will manually register you for the course. Please email if you require assistance.

Includes lunch and refreshments


Please note that registration will close on Friday 1 March, 9:00.
Please note this event is not being recorded and will not be available to view after the event.


RCPCH CPD approval is being applied for. Where approved, the basic unit of CPD activity is 1 hour of learning equals 1 CPD credit. Please note that CPD accreditation is not confirmed; details about accreditation will be updated as soon as possible.


Cancellation policy: 

Delegates are entitled to a full refund if they cancel their place more than 14 days before an event. All cancellation requests must be provided in writing to Personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to the event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk. The GLA shall not be liable for the cost of these arrangements if you cancel your place at an event or if the event is cancelled or postponed by the GLA.

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