Category Archives: Clinical Practicum

Indications for an exam…Indications for an exam!!

Gathering data before you start your exam  (i.e. lab values, family history, surgeries, smoking, drug use, etc.) provides you with a road map as to what you should be looking for.

Pharmacology and Laboratory Analysis for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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Pharmacology and Laboratory Analysis for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 2017

Harry H Holdorf


 

Attention Students! You Need to Understand Your Clinical Evaluation

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Effective Leadership. Students!! Understanding Your Clinical Evaluation

Students need to understand that not all clinical instructors have mastered the essential managerial skills to effectively evaluate their clinical performances in a fair and equable manner.

Harry H. Holdorf


 

 

 

 

Labor and Delivery Objectives for the Sonography Student

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Clinical Competency. Labor and delivery Objectives

Harry Hulbert Holdorf


 

Initial Student Assessment prior to Mid-Semester Evaluation for Clinical Performance

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Clinical Evaluation of students. Initial student assessment prior to Mid- semester Evaluation

Harry Hulbert Holdorf


 

 

Skills Laboratory Competency Audit

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Skills lab competency audit

Harry H. Holdorf


Breast Competency/Clinical Objective

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Breast Competency. Clinical Objective

By Harry H. Holdorf


Clinical Practicum 3: Evaluation Form

Educators, consider using an evaluation form at the completion of clinical practicum: Clinical Practicum 3 Evaluation Form


The following sections should be evaluated using this scale, when applicable:

  1. Unsatisfactory
  2. Satisfactory, but limited
  3. Satisfactory

SECTION A:             CLINICAL PERFORMANCE

SECTION B:             WORK ATTITUDE

SECTION C:             PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR

SECTION D:             ABDOMINAL SONOGRAPHY

SECTION E              BREAST SONOGRAPHY

SECTION F:             GYNECOLOGICAL SONOGRAPHY

SECTION G:            OBSTETRICAL SONOGRAPHY

SECTION H:            VASCULAR TECHNOLOGY

SECTION I:              COMMENTS/WORKSHEET

Clinical Attendance Memorandum

Educators, consider creating a contract between you and the students via a memorandum of understanding regarding the importance of clinical attendance.

The following is an example of a memo that I have previously used as a clinical coordinator:


To:          Sonography Students

CC:         Clinical Coordinator

From:     Harry H.Holdorf

Date:      1/5/2015

Re:         Days off from clinical

Your attendance within the clinical setting is vital to your success within the program. Given the amount of cases that you have to complete on your own (objectives/competencies) and the number of cases you must log as either observed, participated, or completed, it is vital that you attended every single hour that is afforded to you at your assigned clinical affiliates.

Therefore, towards the end of every semester, the program faculty will review your file and count the number of absences you have accrued during that semester. All absences will be counted (excused and unexcused). If more than 4 absences are observed within any given semester, the faculty will formally meet with you and discuss the following:

  • The likelihood that you will complete the program within the prescribed time period of 5 Semesters.
  • The chance that you may attend clinical hours after the formal completion of the program in order to make up any missed cases (Observed, Participated, and Completed) and completion of all objectives/competencies). Your attendance within this additional clinical time will come with an additional charge.
  • The possibility that you will not complete all the program within 90 days of the course completion (end December) and that all competencies/objectives will become voided.

It then behooves you to attend clinical on a regular basis and not miss days.

The body of this memorandum will appear as an addendum to your clinical handbook and takes effect immediately upon the date shown above.

Clinical Practicum 2: Obstetrics Skills Lab

Educators, consider using a didactic component immediately prior to a skills lab session: Obstetrics Skills Lab Didactic Component


During an Obstetrics Skills Lab Practicum, the following topics should be covered in detail:

  • MEAN SAC DIAMETER (MSD)
  • Crown-rum length (CRL)
  • Nuchal translucency
  • Biparietal Diameter (BPD)
  • Head Circumference
  • Cephalic Index
  • Abdominal Circumference
  • Femur length
  • Amniotic Fluid Volume (Index)
  • Transcerebellar distance
  • Head-Circumference to abdominal-Circumference ratio (HC/AC)
  • Estimated fetal weight
  • Cephalic Index