Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ultrasound Technologist Job Description

Ultrasound Technologist Sample Job Description
By: Harry H. Holdorf

Looking for a rewarding clinical career in healthcare?
Why not a career as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer? 

Position Title: Ultrasound Technologist

Position Summary: An Ultrasound Technologist career means being an integral part of a team delivering medically appropriate tests with an emphasis on clinical excellence, all while creating the ultimate customer experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ability to learn and perform all ultrasound examinations in accordance with the company’s protocols and in a proficient and timely manner
  • Flexibility to work variable hours and the ability to take call on a rotation basis
  • Manage the registration process of patients and the flow of the examinations. This includes educating all patients on the prudent and recommended usage of diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Eager to work in a fast-paced work environment where a passion for helping others, as well as accuracy performing tests, are held at the highest of standards
  • Willingness to perform other duties and projects that are requested by Management

Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited ultrasound school or formal training program
  • ARDMS, RVT or RVS preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to educate and consult patients regarding the diagnostic medical sonography examination.
  • Willingness to work and prosper in a team environment
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Multi-task oriented

Cesarean Scar Pregnancy Powerpoint

Cesarean Scar Pregnancy Presentation
By: Harry H. Holdorf


  • What Is It?
    • Pregnancy sac located on the scar of a previous cesarean delivery
    • Diagnosis is difficult
    • False diagnosis can lead to hysterectomy or major
    • Incidence ranges 1 per 8000 and 1 per 2500 cesarean deliveries
  • Possible Risk Factors
    • Pregnancy occurring within 1 year of a cesarean delivery or after the first cesarean delivery
    • Previous abortions
    • Late diagnosis results in a more invasive method of termination
    • Possible scenario : reoccurring cesarean pregnancy or normal routine pregnancy
  • Common Case Descriptions
    • No discomfort, abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding
    • Experienced amenorrhea
    • Quick recovery time
      • ex: patient discharged hours later with no complications
  • Effective Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Transvaginal sonography most sufficient diagnostic tool
    • Less used diagnostic methods : MRI and hysteroscopy
    • Suction curettage most effective treatment in early cesarean pregnancy
  • Conclusion
    • Cesarean scar pregnancy has become a more serious problem in the last 10 years
    • Not enough time and research has been conducted in order to provide accurate risk factors, diagnostic methods or treatment methods
    • Over time research with larger case series can help determine these unknown factors

Six Sigma – White Belt Training (Presentation & Test)

Six Sigma White Belt Training
By: Harry H. Holdorf


This Powerpoint presentation addresses the fact that all health care workers and students should hold a Six Sigma White Belt.

  • Six Sigma White Belt training is designed to provide knowledge to all health care staff and students to help identify waste and other process improvement opportunities.
  • While we cannot initiate a project or process changes ourselves, the training/certification is meant to provide us with the background to identify opportunities that we should then bring to our managers as suggestions for improvements.

Six Sigma White Belt Test
You can find the answers to this test in the password-protected “Student” page on this website.

  1. The following Process Improvement Methodologies are used in many Health Care facilities
    1. DMAIC
    2. PDCA
    3. LEAN
    4. All of the above
  2. Registering our patients is a Value Added activity. T or F
  3. Process Improvement promotes most Health Care Values. T or F
  4. All that are listed below are Wastes, EXCEPT:
    1. Transportation
    2. Waiting
    3. Measurement
    4. Over-production
  5. If you have an idea about how to make things better, you should
    1. Talk to your supervisor about your idea and ask them if you can JUST DO IT.
    2. Keep it to yourself; you won’t be allowed to do it anyway.
    3. Schedule a Work Out session to see if everyone likes your idea
  6. Which of these are Key Improvement Initiatives for a typical health care system?
    1. Length of Stay (LOS) & Capacity Management
    2. National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) & Joint Commission
    3. Patient Satisfaction & Department Specific Goals
    4. A and C only
    5. All of the above
  7. Most health care facilities do not post performance metrics about how they are doing on their Key Initiatives. T or F
  8. There is usually only one version of a Process Map. T or F
  9. People do not change their behavior in response to being measured. T or F
  10. If you are performing at 99% effectiveness, you are doing better than Six Sigma. T or F
  11. Who can have an impact on the success of a health care facility?
    1. Patients and their families
    2. Senior Administration
    3. Hospital Staff
    4. Department Heads
    5. A, B, and D only
    6. All of the above
  12. If we want to do a project to try to make things better in our department, we could:
    1. Contact a Process Improvement Specialist for guidance
    2. Make sure we can measure our performance to know if our change had an impact
    3. Communicate with other areas that could be impacted if we make a change
    4. Work as a team to figure out what we can try as a project
    5. All of the above

Great Expectations: How to Begin Your Career in Healthcare

Students, graduation is just the first step! Use the following materials in order to properly prepare for interviews and increase your chances of landing your first job in the healthcare field.

This Powerpoint presentation covers Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviews, Follow-ups, Social Media, and everything in between.

  1. Study the night before: the organization – what do they do best? Who will interview you? Human resources, clinical personnel? Will be asked to scan?
  2. Come up with 3 to 5 questions that you know will be SMART questions. HINT: there is such a thing as a dumb question. Do not ask a question that you should know. Example: “What is your organization best known for?” You should know this already. Ask questions that you could not possible know the answers to, such as “Is the radiology department involved in the hospital’s 5-year plan? Is expansion of services on the horizon?”
  3. Dress for success. Not too casual, not too formal. Wear comfortable but fashionable shoes.
  4. Arrive 10 minutes early (The old saying “If you’re on time, you’re late” applies here). More than 10 minutes early and you will seem over-anxious. But, if you arrive late, then you’ve lost the job.
  5. Bring an extra copy of your resume’, portfolio, copies of your ARRT or ARDMS certifications, copy of your CPR card, etc. Also bring a copy of your references, which should be on a separate piece paper than your resume’.
  6. When you meet the administrative assistant of the person that will interview you, the interview has started! The person who will interview you may ask their assistant what they think about you. Put your best foot forward right away with a smile and a happy disposition when you walk through the front door.
  7. Shake the interviewer’s hand if they offer it. Give them a firm, but not too firm, handshake (Too firm is always better than too limp). Make sure your hand is dry and not sticky.
  8. If they offer you a drink, do not take it. Respectfully decline
  9. Sit in front of your chair, and sit straight up. Sit as though you are balancing a book on your head.
  10. If you are seated at a table, do not immediately put your arms on the table. This shows that you are aggressive, and may cause the interviewer to back away from you. You may put some papers and such on the table, but never your arms.

This next section is very important.

Think of this interview as a relationship. The person interviewing you is the mother or father of the person whom you want to date. This hospital/office is their baby, and they are protecting it. They want to pick the right person for their “child”. Try to get the mom or dad of your potential mate to like you.

Also, remember that the most important person in that room is not you, but the interviewer.  They do not particularly like you, as you are perceived as a gamble. If they hire you and you turn out to be a bad employee, it looks bad for them. You need to make them look good.

The Peter Principle Management Theory

Don’t be the meat in the Peter Principle Sandwich:
Peter Principle Theory

By: Harry H. Holdorf

The Peter Principle is a management theory in which the selection of a candidate’s performance is based on the candidate’s performance in their CURRENT role rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role.

HENCE, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and…

“Managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”                                                                                                                -Raymond Hull

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”                                                                                                                -Solomon

Good Leadership practices seem to evaporate in the air when those promoted into lofty positions are faced with making decisions that they exclusively own.

How does true leadership work? It is not generated by your title. In fact, being named to a position is the lowest of the levels every effective leader achieves.

To be more than a boss that people are required to follow, the successful leader must master the ability to inspire and invest in people. You need to build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders.

With skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where your influence extends beyond your immediate reach for the benefit of others.

The levels of leadership are the following:

  • FIRST LEVEL: You have reached a position in which people follow you because they have to. If not for these rights, people may choose not to follow you.
  • SECOND LEVEL: People now follow you because they want to. You have developed a relationship with your team: they have permission to follow you and they choose to do so.
  • THIRD LEVEL: People follow you because of what you have done for the organization. You have produced results and how have some street cred.
  • FORTH LEVEL: People will follow you for what you have done for them. You have lifted them up, and they are grateful.
  • FIFTH LEVEL: You have reached the APEX of a desired management style. People follow you because of who you are and what you represent. THEY RESPECT YOU!!!

Question: What’s the difference between a GO-GETTER and an OVER-REACHER?

Answer: Go –Getters know their limits: Over-reachers don’t.

I have always been an advocate of saying YES if asked to do something. Why?  They usually will only ask you once, and if you say no to one thing, you probably won’t be asked to do anything else.

REGARDLESS, know when to say NO. Perform an honest self audit. Ask yourself, ‘can I really do this job?’

Don’t be the meat in the Peter Principle sandwich. It does not taste so good…

Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography Information Powerpoint

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and CT Scan Presentation

By: Harry H. Holdorf

PET CT image

This presentation discusses Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT), a medical imaging technique using a device which combines two scan techniques into one, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT). The images can be taken sequentially from the patient in the same session and then combined into a single superimposed image. The two procedures together provide information about the location, nature, and extent of a lesion. This Powerpoint will also discuss the role of PET/CT in:

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Treatment & Prognosis
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Radiation Dose Comparison

Research Project Topic Tools & Outlines

Students, try using these tools to help you decide on a topic for a project:

  • Research Workshop: How to Get Started With Your Project
    Easy-to-follow workshop will help you develop and structure your research project.
  1. Consider your audience when choosing & narrowing down a topic
    1. Is the purpose of this topic strictly to inform (and not to persuade) your audience?
    2. Why did you pick this topic? How will you explain your personal credibility to your audience?
    3. Why will this topic be interesting to your audience? Why should the audience care about this topic?
  2. Brain squeeze your topic using cluster, listing or free-write method
    1. Write down everything you know about this topic: facts, questions, ideas, and images
  3. Determine your Specific Purpose statement
    1. This is the statement that explains what you want your audience to be able to do after reading your paper. Every specific purpose statement begins with “At the end of my paper, the reader will be able to…”
  4. Select the main points of your paper
    1. After your brainstorming, identify the 2-4 main ideas you will be explaining to your audience. Use full sentences and repetitive language. Main points are not phrased as a question: “The first stage of hurricane development is…. The second stage of hurricane development is…”
  5. Create your Central Idea
    1. The central idea is a one sentence that includes the main idea of your speech. Example “The three sections of a speech are the introduction, the body and the conclusion.” Write your Central Idea below in a full sentence.
  6. Develop Your Main Points
    1. On a sheet of paper, write one of your main ideas at the top and your supporting material below. Repeat for each idea.
  7. Plan and research your topic
    1. Where specifically will your research your main ideas? (Not just “Google.”) Write down as many different sources as you can think of before doing a broad internet search.
  8. Include transitions between main ideas
    1. These statements will lead your audience from one main idea to the next: “Now that we have discussed the first stage of hurricane development, let’s move on to the second stage…”
  9. Create your Introduction and Conclusion
    1. Now that you know what you want to say, create your introduction and conclusion
    2. Introduction
      1. Get the audience’s attention
      2. Introduce the topic
      3. Give the audience a reason to listen; connect the topic to the audience
      4. Establish your personal credibility regarding this topic
      5. Preview your main points the speech
    3. Conclusion
      1. Signal the end of the speech
      2. Summarize main points
      3. Close with impact
  10. Create and edit outline
    1. Use visual framework (Roman numerals identify main ideas, capital letters identify supporting ideas, etc.)
  11. Create a speaking outline/notecards
    1. Reduce your preparation outline to brief phrases and statements. Use same visual framework.
      Use 1 side of note cards. Write legibly and BIG!
  12. Create Visual Aids
    1.  Will your visual aid clarify, create interest, or help your audience retain the information? Is it clear and not distracting
    1. Stand up, have a live audience, and practice with your visual aids.

  1. Specific Purpose Statement
  2. Central Idea
  3. Introduction
    1. Statement of Impact to Get Audience’s Attention
    2. Introduce the Topic to the Audience
    3. Connect with the Audience/Give the Audience Reason to Listen
    4. Establish Personal Credibility about Topic
    5. Preview Main Points of Speech
  4. Body
    1. State your Main Idea in a Full sentence
      1. First Supporting Idea that explains Main Idea
        1. Supporting Material: Statistical Proof, Stories, and Examples
      2. Second Supporting Idea that explains Main Idea
        1. Supporting Material: Statistical Proof, Stories, and Examples
    2. Transition
      1. Statement that moves audience from one idea to the next
  5. Conclusion
    1. Signal End of the Speech
    2. Re-state (Summarize) Main Points
    3. Close with Impact Statement to Leave a Lasting Memory
  6. Works Cited
    1. Cite your sources in MLA format