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Medical Imaging Career Interviews

We have consulted and interviewed experts from across the industry to give you a real-life idea of what it’s like to be a Sonographer. Learn how the leaders in Sonography and Medical Imaging got where they are today, what motivates them, and the advice they have to help you succeed.

Ultrasound Schools Info Featured Interviews

Emily Downs

Emily Downs

Emily is an experienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a BS in Radiation Science. She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver in Colorado.

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Jessica Carlino

Jessica Carlino

Jessica graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College) in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Health Sciences Bachelor Degree.

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Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE) has been a sonographer for nearly 35 years. The ARDMS-certified professional and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography has literally been a pioneer in the ultrasound field.

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A Sonographer’s Guide to Personal and Professional Success

Tatym Schneider

  We headed north to Canada to speak to British Columbia-based sonographer Tatym Schneider.  We first learned about Tatym upon discovering her blog, SmartSonographer.com, which seeks to share ultrasound knowledge and inspire sonographers to excel in their profession. Tatym is not only a writer and an ARDMS-certified/Canadian Registered Sonographer (CRS), but she’s also a digital… Full Article

Interview with Hawks for Health Coordinators, Abby Wagle and Andy Johnson

There are many benefits to volunteering while pursuing your degree. Just take it from Andy Johnson and Abby Wagle, the 2015-2016 Program Coordinators of Hawks for Health at the University of Kansas (KU). Hawks for Health connects KU students with volunteer opportunities on campus and in the Lawrence, KS community. It is just one of… Full Article

Using Simulation to Train Sonographers

Simulation Training Session

As technology continues to evolve and permeate the field of healthcare, health science educators are utilizing advanced simulation training to prepare students for the challenges of the clinical environment. Medical facilities are also turning to simulation tools to help health professionals improve processes in the workplace. Sonography instructors have seen tremendous value for their students… Full Article

Tricia Turner Shares Her Passion for Sonography

Tricia Turner

Tricia Turner (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from the South Hills School of Business & Technology (SHS) Sonography program in 1999.  Today, she is the program's Director. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology (SHS) started in the mid-90s with about five students. Now the program currently boasts approximately… Full Article

Time Management Tips for Sonographers

cardiology chart

In addition to the faculty highlighted in our “Advice from Ultrasound Professors” article, we also heard back from Ken Galbraith, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. The Chair of the Ultrasound Program offered this advice for aspiring medical imagers: “Take care of your patients' needs. You… Full Article

Emily Downs, DMS Program Director at University of Colorado

Emily Downs is an experienced Diagnostic Medical Sonographer with a BS in Radiation Science.  She is currently the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program of Denver in Colorado, where she has served for the past three years. In 2014, she received the IFSER (International Foundation For Sonography Education and Research) International Outreach Advocate Award… Full Article

Interview with Ultrasound Tech and Tutor, Melessa Cizik

Melessa Cizik

Melessa Cizik has been an ultrasound tech for over 10 years with extensive experience performing general, OB/GYN, small parts and vascular ultrasound exams. Having graduated the top of her sonography class at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, Cizik now offers ultrasound tutoring services online, using video, audio and whiteboard technologies. She helps individuals… Full Article

Ultrasound Career Resource and Advice

Ultrasound jobs

UltrasoundJOBS.Com is a career resource geared to assist sonography employers and job seekers alike. Not only does the ultrasound recruitment site serve as a resource for those looking for a new position, whether it is their first ultrasound technologist job or they wishing to advance their sonography career; it also serves as a guide for… Full Article

How to Boost Your Resume While Still in Your Sonography Program

New job

Guest article by Emily Long. Emily is part of the communications team at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, PA. As a diagnostic medical sonography student, you are probably starting to explore the job market in effort to secure employment upon graduation. This, of course, is not a unique circumstance. Every year thousands of… Full Article

Interview with Tom Whelan, Sonographer, Teacher and Pioneer (Part 2)

Tom Whelan

In Part 1 of our interview with diagnostic medical sonographer, echocardiographer and vascular technologist,  Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE), we learned how he started his sonography career over three decades ago and how he has been a pioneer in the field.  In this second part, he shares some of his professional highlights as well… Full Article

Interview with Tom Whelan, Sonographer, Teacher and Pioneer (Part 1)

Tom Whelan

Tom Whelan (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FASE) has been a sonographer for nearly 35 years. The ARDMS-certified professional and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography has literally been a pioneer in the ultrasound field. Starting out as a radiologic technologist, he began performing ultrasounds just as the technology was first becoming available in U.S. hospitals… Full Article

Interview with Sonographer & Vascular Technician, Jessica Carlino

Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT

Jessica Carlino, RDMS, RVT, is a diagnostic medical sonographer and registered vascular technician in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PA College) in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Health Sciences Bachelor Degree. She anticipates completing this BSHS degree at PA College in May, 2015. … Full Article

Interview Spotlight: OB/GYN Sonographer Sandra McKnight

Sandra McKnight, RDMS

Sandra McKnight has been a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) for over 23 years. She was inspired to start her ultrasound career after seeing that first sonogram while pregnant with her first child. Now a mother of two, McKnight is also the author of Womb with a View (wombwithaviewblog.com) where she provides a wealth of information on… Full Article

Interview with Sonographer Samantha Sawyer

There are those that are content with their position as a sonographer…and then there are individuals who emanate wholehearted passion for their ultrasound profession. Such is the case with Samantha Sawyer (RDMS, RDCS) originally from New Washington, Indiana. Sawyer is a determined, career-driven woman: She currently serves as an ultrasonographer for Cindy Basinski, MD and… Full Article

An Inside Look at the AIUM

In a recent ultrasound article, we talked about how the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) named 2013 the Year of Ultrasound, and also its launch of the Ultrasound First initiative last year. We thought it would be useful to learn more about the organization.  Fortunately, AIUM’s director of membership & marketing, Jennifer Costello… Full Article

Ultrasound Podcasters, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin!

Ultrasound Podcasters, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin!

Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin are the founders and co-hosts of Ultrasound Podcast, an entertaining and educational audio-visual show that has been downloaded over 500,000 times in more than 180 countries. The podcasts are hilarious, even sometimes bold, but don’t let their cheekiness fool you! Dr. Dawson (MD, RDMS, RDCS) the Director of… Full Article

Interview with Dr Taco Geertsma, Radiologist

Dr. Taco Geertsma, Radiologist and Founder of UltrasoundCases.info

Dr. Taco Geertsma is a radiologist and head of the Ultrasound department at Hospital Gelderse Vallei, The Netherlands. He is also the founder of Ultrasoundcases.info, a teaching website that makes case files available free of charge for educational use to hundreds of thousands of people every year.  As of May, 2013, UltrasoundCases.info has shared over… Full Article

Interview with Dave Felix, Travelling Sonographer and President of SonoTemps Inc.

Dave and Ellen Felix, founders of SonoTemps, Inc.

“I love talking about ultrasound,” says Dave Felix, who has been a registered sonographer (RDMS) for more than 15 years. In 1995, Felix established SonoTemps Inc. with his wife Ellen (who brought her extensive experience in health information management to the company). The Florida- based staffing agency sends out its skilled and qualified traveling sonographers… Full Article

Interview with Echocardiographer, Chelsey Wright

Chelsey Wright,BS-MIRS, RDCS (AE, PE), RDMS

UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com is thrilled to have interviewed Chelsey Wright, BS-MIRS, RDCS (AE, PE), RDMS, as she provided such great insight into what it is like to go to school for, and work in, the sonography profession. As you can see by her credentials, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and has… Full Article

Dr. Neal Kassell, Founder of the FUSF

Neal Kassell M.D.

Recently, UltrasoundSchoolsInfo.com wrote an article on the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation. We thought it would be important to gain more insight into the FUS Foundation, whose mission is “to shorten the time from technology development to patient treatment; to foster new applications; and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of focused ultrasound surgery.” We were fortunate… Full Article