Category Archives: Orientation

Introduction to Sonography (Quality Assurance in Diagnostic Medical Sonography) & Cross Sectional Anatomy (Gynecology) student projects.

Professional Qualities, Conduct, and Behavior Expected of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student


Orientation. Professional Qualities Conduct and Behavior for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Student

Harry H Holdorf


Life Hacks for Sonography Students (How to survive your clinical rotations)



Harry H. Holdorf


Patient Transfer Techniques for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Patient Transfers

Patient Transfers for Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Presented by:

Dr. Kristin Schroeder PT, DPT


Harry H. Holdorf

Time Management Strategies for Medical Students

Time managment cartoon

Time Management Strategies for Medical Students

By Harry H. Holdorf

Orientation Time Management Strategies

Orientation Time Management Strategies By: Harry H. Holdorf

Is It Possible to Manage Time, or Does It Really Manage Us?
Helpful hints for the Health Care Student

There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Balancing school, work, family and fun in a world of 24/7 connections is extremely difficult.

But, consider the following…
There are 168 hours in a week
1,440 minutes in a day
That is a lot of time if you manage it well, and no amount of time is enough if you don’t.

A lack of clear priorities and time management strategies can leave even the student with the best intentions with no hope for success.

It has been said that “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” The best students produce more significantly more than others, regardless of the profession. They are more focused, less distracted and obsessively protective of their time.

Listed are ways that you, a health care student, can be more productive:

    Success is predicated on making choices that provide control over time. Time management should not be an accidental exercise. Take control. Plan. Be thoughtful about what activities to perform. Without proactively creating a time management PROTOCOL, you leave too much to chance
    Make a list of all the activities you perform. Next, identify the activities that could be assigned to others and transition them. For instance, family members can help out with the household activities and classmates can help with school activities, such as forming a study group. You many even need to eliminate certain activities all together, such as TV time or Social Medial Time.  Now take the remaining tasks and list them in order of importance and estimate how much time each one takes each week or day.
    Every successful time management plan includes a schedule creation that allows plugging your tasks into your school hours. Here are a few scheduling tips.
    Schedule higher priority activities first:
    If you run out of time and cannot finish an activity, it will be a low priority that is not finished.  Secondly, set aside time for scheduling your week or day. Sounds a little strange, but taking 20 or 30 minutes to lay out your day or week will pay big dividends. Third, input the schedule on an electronic (with reminders) calendar. Lastly, small tasks may not need to be scheduled as they can be done during idle time.
    Creating hour-long power blocks of time is a great way to stay focused, be efficient and create an environment free of interruptions and distractions. For example, report/document review, making or returning calls/e-mails, study team meetings, can all be done in distinct time blocks. During the block, ignore incoming e-mails, phone calls or peers and stay solely focused on the task at hand. Amazingly, individual interruptions can cause a 5-15 minute loss of productivity and that is why reducing interruptions is a great way to manage your time.
    We all have a tremendous amount of idle time built into our days. For example, you may commute a minimum of 60 minutes a day either by car or train and try to safely maximize your time. While you drive, you can make phone calls via Bluetooth or  use train time or call pooling time to review homework or documents, write e-mails, or prep for class or clinical. Commuting provides a great, uninterrupted study time.
    While you may not know when idle time will occur, you can prepare for it. Be prepared with items that take as little as 5 minutes to do, such as completing clinical forms, reviewing a short document or writing e-mails. Then, while waiting for a class, or taking a scheduled break during clinical hours, you can be checking items off your to-do list. By effectively utilizing very minute of your workday, you can create extra free time.
    Set acceptable and manageable limits to relationships, projects and technology. Many people do not want to set boundaries because they have a hard time saying NO or are afraid of getting passed over by their friends or family… However, reality is quite different. Realize there are some boundaries that you have near exclusive control over, such as ones with your family. Other limitations, such as with your boss, peers and school program norms may take some negotiations. Be honest with yourself and others and only commit to acceptable limits. This may mean closing your door, not answering a ringing phone or saying NO to extra work hours or nights out with your friends.
    E-mails, texts and calls do not need to be answered the moment they are received. In fact, there are two solutions for them. They can be answered during idle time or scheduled so they are addressed first thing in the morning, midday or immediately after a clinical/class day… Also, it is okay to disconnect form technology every now and then.
    There are many reasons for not managing your time well, but there are no excuses.  By holding yourself accountable, you will be able to do more in less time and free yourself up for what is really important-time with family and friends.

Time management is a competitive advantage for both students and the health care educational programs they are enrolled in because it is a performance multiplier. Successful students make for successful graduates, and successful graduates make for successful employees.

 These tips will give you a leg up on the competition.

Orientation Agenda

Orientation Agenda By: Harry H. Holdorf

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Study Skills/Time management workshop


I will try to scare you. Then try to help you.

What does it take…? What are our standards and expectations of ourselves?
Is it possible to manage time, or does it really manage us?
Weekly mapping: the way things are now
Weekly mapping: adding the program (things will never be the same…)
Study Skills-Massive handout…sorry ‘bout that.

You will need support system
Safe zones
Down time
Semester mapping

Getting to know yourself so you can play well with others.

Test time. Sorry ‘bout that, again.
Determining your Communication style
Determining your communication profile

Focus on the parameters of the performance cycle.

Section III
“People are promoted to their level of Incompetence”

Feedback – what happens when a two-way street only goes one way?

The effects of not listening to others can be detrimental to your career
There are more barriers to listening than you can imagine.
The traits the most effective leaders possess are: Being visible, Approachable, Connected, Consistent
Does your CI have these traits? Do you?
The individuals whom are “in Charge” of us will view us based on our personality, skill sets and motivators and visa versa.
For every task performed, we have a certain amount of willingness and ability to complete the task.
Based on two factors, we choose the appropriate leadership style to complete the task. (willingness and skill sets).
The two types of feedback we will receive are of two types- reinforcement and development. What happens if we don’t get a mix of the two?

Section IV
Forming a study group – Group vs. isolated learning

The KWHL matrix
Two group exercise…and then we are done.

Find your comfort area
Two sets of eyes are better than one
Give in and be a part of the health care TEAM