Category Archives: Careers in Healthcare

Follow the Wave: Might You Consider Sonography as a Career Choice?


Follow the Wave…

Follow the Wave…Answers

By Harry H. Holdorf


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Orientation Presentation

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By Harry H. Holdorf

Job Search Decisions

ArmstrongPicassoJob Search Decisions
By: Harry H. Holdorf

Job Search Decisions
(Pablo Picasso vs. Lance Armstrong)

    • How long should your resume’ be?
      • Lance Armstrong would make his resume’ 5 pages long, listing all his accomplishments from the past 10 years.
      • Pablo Picasso would: Write a resume’ not more than 2 pages long, highlighting his significant accomplishments.
    • Writing an Objective statement:
      • Lance Armstrong would write a three sentence objective, stating how he wants a job that would showcase his wonderful talents.
      • Pablo Picasso would write a one sentence objective, stating exactly what job he is applying to.
    • Checking typos:
      • Lance Armstrong would not proof read his resume’ and leave most of this Texting speak just where it is…lol.
      • Pablo Picasso would have his resume’ proof read by at least 3 other people.
    • Lying:
      • Lance Armstrong would well…you know the answer to this one.
      • Pablo Picasso would never, ever lie. No need to. He’s frickin’ Pablo Picasso!!
    • Tailoring the resume’ to the job
      • Lance Armstrong would be all over the place. He’d fill those 10 pages with stuff that had no relevance to the job he was applying to.
      • Pablo Picasso would know that he has to fill space, but would not sacrifice quality for quantity.
    • Including random, unrelated, or off-putting hobbies.
      • Lance Armstrong would list his love for running and swimming and that he’s active in this book club.
      • Pablo Picasso would List only hobbies that would be relevant to the job he is applying to.
    • Putting the wrong contact information:
      • Lance Armstrong would misspell his e-mail address and thus, would lose all hope of getting the job
      • Pablo Picasso would put his correct e-mail address, work phone, cell phone, Facebook account.
    • Not including one
      • Lance Armstrong would forget to include one.
      • Pablo Picasso WOULD include one.
    • Putting the wrong Company name on the cover letter
      • Lance Armstrong would. Yes, he would
      • Pablo Picasso: no way
    • Not making it clear why you want the position:
      • Lance Armstrong would just say he wants to be hired, but not why.
      • Pablo Picasso would say he wants the position and why the company would want to hire him.
    • Not responding back to the hiring manager in a timely manner
      • Lance Armstrong would wait about 3 days to say “ok, I’m free to interview”
      • Pablo Picasso would respond within 1 day
    • Showing up late:
      • Lance Armstrong would arrive about 10 minutes late and say “I’m HERE!!!”
      • Pablo Picasso would arrive about 10 minutes early, but not too early. (Showing up more than 30 minutes early is almost as bad as showing up late…ALMOST).
    • Having a terrible handshake
      • Lance Armstrong would extend a wet palm and have a weak handshake
      • Pablo Picasso would extend a dry palm and have a firm, NOT TOO FIRM, handshake.
    • Not doing enough research
      • Lance Armstrong would just show up for an interview and not research the company. He then would ask a few “stupid” questions (questions he should know the answers to).
      • Pablo Picasso would research his interview company and ask SMART questions (questions he would not be expected to know the answers to).
    • Talking too much
      • Lance Armstrong would talk on and on about his accomplishments and never take a breath
      • Pablo Picasso would let his accomplishes talk for themselves
    • Bad-Mouthing the old employer
      • Lance Armstrong would do just that
      • Pablo Picasso would never talk smack about anyone during an interview.
    • Getting too casual
      • Lance Armstrong would sit back and get close and personal
      • Pablo Picasso would keep it professional.
    • Not having questions for the interviewer
      • Lance Armstrong when asked “Do you have any questions for me?” would respond, “no”.
      • Pablo Picasso has three smart questions; those that he would not be expected to know the answers to.
    • Not sending a thank-you note:
      • Lance Armstrong would forget the names and titles of whom he met so he wouldn’t know who to send it to.
      • Pablo Picasso would take everyone’s name and titles down and send a thank-you note to everyone who has clout. He would do that between day one and day three after the interview.
    • Following up on Social Media
      • Lance Armstrong would reach out to the hiring manager using social media, showing everyone he knows how to use social media. Big deal
      • Pablo Picasso would never do this, knowing that reaching out via social medial is too cozy and could jeopardize his chances of getting the job.
    • Lance didn’t get the gig
    • Pablo did!

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

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.

Best-Performing Jobs for Associate Degrees: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

According to a 2012 article published by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. , the career of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is one of the “best-performing jobs by growth and income that require either an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational award (PSV).”

Greatest % Growth

Highest Pay