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?
We, the staff and faculty of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center (FCVC) team, are committed to advancing medicine and serving humanity through living and teaching our core values of Respect, Compassion, Collaboration, Innovation, and Commitment to Excellence.
Each FCVC 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 FCVC is dedicated to partnering with patients and families to deliver the safest and highest quality of health care.
As part of the Cardiac Sonographer team you will provide clinical assistance by assisting patients and providers.
Excellent service is an expected and integral part of the FCVC culture. To be considered for this position, a cover letter is required and should be attached as the first page with your resume. The cover letter should address each of the following points in about 50 words or less:
- Describe your background and qualifications and why you believe you would be a good fit for this position at the FCVC.
- Outline your service excellence skills and experience which would be applicable to this position.
- In your most recent position, how was service excellence emphasized.
- Describe a situation in which a customer or colleague was upset and the steps you took to resolve the issue to a reasonable conclusion.
Our Sonographers are highly skilled leaders in their field. As a Cardiac Sonographer with Michigan Medicine, you will perform non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures and assist physicians in performance of invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures, while utilizing advanced ultrasound equipment and technology. Patients come to Michigan Medicine when they are searching for high-end specialty care. You will work in a deeply dynamic lab where you will see patients who range in acuity levels. Additionally, there will be opportunities for you to participate in research studies as well as train and educate our cardiac fellows. If you want to develop and grow, maximize and expand your career experience a Cardiac Sonographer, there is no better place to do so.
What Benefits can you Look Forward to?
- Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
- 2:1 Match on retirement savings
- Generous PTO program
- Tremendous team support
- State of the art technology
- On-site CME Credits
- Teaching and mentorship opportunities
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.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- 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.
- Associate's Degree in Cardiovascular Technology or Medical sonography with a specialty in Echocardiography is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- BCLS certification required, within 3 months of hire.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.