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.
- 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!!!!!!