Thinking of Ultrasound as a Career?

What does it take to be a successful student in any Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program?

  • When at your clinical site, be sure to speak up so you can have as much “transducer time” as possible.
  • Be ready to take criticism, sometimes harsh, at something that you are proud of.
  • Be ready to spend many hours every night and weekend (at least 15-20) studying course materials.
  • Don’t be discouraged by some negativity from staff sonographers at your clinical sites.
  • Do not get drawn into any politics within your clinical sites; best to stay neutral.
  • Be sure your family and friends are ready to support your endeavor.
  • Be ready to adapt and to be flexible with each new clinical assignment.
  • Be ready to refine (or develop) excellent organizational skills.
  • Be ready to handle the high stress and fast pace of the program.
  • Be ready to consider the time required for the program (Drive time, class time, and study time).
  • Do you work? How much? Can you fit a full-time day program into your weekly schedule?
    • This time issue keeps popping up. Wonder Why? Do you think it’s important?
  • Be ready to practice, practice, and then practice some more. The technique of scanning is much more difficult than the in-class work.
  • Be ready to use every muscle in your body….can you stand and push and pull for 8 hours straight?
  • Be sure to be very patient.
  • Be ready to give attention to fine detail.
  • Be sure to have a high level of motivation and self-direction.
  • Be ready for a rigorous, extensive program.

ASK YOURSELF…

  • DO I REALLY KNOW WHAT A DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHER DOES?
  • AM I READY FOR THIS CHALLENGE?
  • DO I HAVE THE INITIATIVE TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE?
  • IF YES, THEN WELCOME ABOARD!!!!!!
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