I'm taking the Basic exam this month, and mostly using PTE Masters to review. Working through some of these lectures, I can't help but feel that I am over preparing for this exam (how much diastology, congenital heart, and 3D could really be on the Basic exam?).
We are a fairly low-volume shop (high volume, from the DoD's perspective), with just over a hundred hearts a year, and we have one CT fellowship trained anesthesiologist. I will be the only other one with any form of echo cert, and am mostly taking the exam for personal interest, and for something objective to place on a CV to stand out from the crowd. Ultimately, it'll just serve as a foundation, as I'm planning on CCM fellowship when I leave the Army, and am mostly looking at programs with strong echo exposure.