Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Fetal Echocardiography Preceptorship Program

Recognizing congenital heart disease (CHD) before birth can improve both prenatal and postnatal outcomes. Certain pregnancies are known to be at high risk for CHD, yet most cardiac defects occur in low-risk pregnancies. At the Colorado Fetal Care Center, we believe improving outcomes for fetal CHD starts with prenatal detection in both high and low-risk pregnancies.

But to improve prenatal detection for CHD, healthcare professionals need education and training in the field of fetal cardiology. That's why our team created the Fetal Echocardiography Preceptorship Program.

Transforming fetal cardiology through education

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we offer a unique Fetal Echocardiography Preceptorship Program. This program is a 2-day apprenticeship created for healthcare providers interested in improving their skills in the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of fetal CHD.

The Fetal Echocardiography Preceptorship Program is taught twice a year by our fetal cardiology sonographers and physicians from Children's Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital. The class is limited to 20 students to encourage group interaction. The overarching goal of the program is for obstetrical sonographers and physicians to detect more fetal CHD earlier in pregnancy. This way, affected babies can deliver at a center that provides the necessary cardiac critical care.

For more information about the Fetal Echocardiography Preceptorship Program, contact Shari Borcherding at or call 720-777-2944.