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University of Michigan
  • Position Number: 1656567
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Position Type: Health and Medical Services

Cardiac Sonographer

Job Opening ID: 179360
Work Location: Michigan Medicine - Health Sys
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Organizational Group: Um Hospital
Department: UMH Echocardio Techical
Posting Begin/End Date: 10/08/2019 10/15/2019
Paid Time Off: Yes
Career Interest: Patient Care Services

Mission Statement
Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?
Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 26,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world's most distinguished academic health systems. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings.

You will perform Diagnostic Procedures including Transthoracic echocardiograms, Color Flow Doppler, Spectral Doppler, Stress echocardiograms utilizing treadmill and bicycle, Stress echocardiograms utilizing pharmacological agents (Dobutamine), and Assist with Transesophageal echocardiograms. Related duties include:
  • Selecting appropriate ultrasound equipment and ancillary equipment required by individual echo study. Set up procedure room.
  • Contact requesting service and/or access patient clinical history when appropriateness of requested procedure is in question.
  • Explaining the procedure to patient, and instruct and assist patient in assuming physical positions for study. Respect patient physical ability, modesty, and comfort.
  • Operate equipment to maximize image quality and data acquisition. Choose appropriate transducers, adjust control settings, and follow standard protocols to complete each study.
  • Make decisions to involve other lab personnel (RN, Fellow, Attending) as needed to obtain a complete, optimal diagnostic study. Request contrast studies to optimize imaging and answer all diagnostic questions.
  • Measure, record, and save data as required for each procedure. Complete preliminary findings on report form.
  • Assist physicians with invasive echo procedures (Transesophageal echocardiograms), and ultrasound-guided procedures performed in the cath. or electrophysiology labs. Measure, record, and save data as required.
  • Monitor physiological status of patient when needed; assist in initiation and maintenance of emergency procedures.
  • Follow guidelines in reporting critical findings to scheduled Lab Attending.
  • Establish scheduling guidelines for specific off-site facilities; schedule patients as needed at sites without clerical support.
  • Perform data entry and report generation at the CVC and off-site clinics.

Perform duties Related to Procedures, including:
  • Maintain and clean equipment used in both invasive and non-invasive echo procedures, following established health and safety guidelines. Maintain and clean procedure rooms.
  • Perform data entry specific to each procedure (patient demographics, billing, report maintenance).

Related Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assist in acquisition of data for clinical research protocols.
  • Provide training/instruction on the operation of ultrasound equipment to other professional medical personnel.
  • Maintain patient files and records.
  • Participate in continuing educational opportunities as appropriate for obtaining/maintaining professional registry status.

Required Qualifications*
  • Associate's Degree in Cardiovascular Technology or Medical sonography with a specialty in Echocardiography is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Candidate must meet one of the following echocardiography credential criteria:
    • An ARDMS Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
    • A CCI Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
    • A recent graduate of an accredited echocardiography program working towards obtaining appropriate credentialing. Must obtain credential within 2 years of employment.
  • Understands and demonstrates the core concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC), including: Respect and Dignity, Information Sharing, Participation, and Collaboration.

Desired Qualifications*
  • Bachelor's Degree in medical ultrasound or related field.
  • Experience with new echo technologies such as 3D or Strain Imaging.
  • Experience with pediatric echocardiography or adult congenital echocardiography.
  • Wide variety of computer skills including, Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated accountability/dependability as evidenced, for example, by a stellar attendance record; by completion of mandatories and unit based competencies within an established time frame; by meeting deadlines and completing required work.
  • Always strives to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem by offering constructive, creative ideas.
  • BCLS certification required.

Work Schedule
The work schedule will consist of Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Saturday and Sunday 8:00am - 4:30pm, on a rotational basis. Work locations may vary between our Echo sites in and outside of Ann Arbor.

Additional Information
We, the staff and faculty of the U-M Cardiovascular Center (CVC) team, are committed to advancing medicine and serving humanity through living and teaching our core values of Respect and Compassion; Collaboration; Innovation; and Commitment to Excellence.

Each CVC employee is expected to understand and demonstrate that in every interaction we represent our entire organization in the care we provide and in the courtesies we extend to patients, families, and each respective team member. The CVC is dedicated to partnering with patients and families to deliver the safest and highest quality of health care. Below is a link which provides an overview of the Cardiovascular Center's philosophy and culture:

Background Screening
Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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