Cardiac Sonographer - Senior
Department Description: The Cardiovascular Medicine Division at BIDMC is committed to providing high-quality care to our patients, promoting the educational mission of academic medicine and advancing state-of-the-art research in cardiovascular medicine.
The Division, which is an integral part of BIDMC’s CardioVascular Institute, includes some of the most highly-regarded cardiovascular experts in the world, and it is their exemplary patient care, teaching and research that make possible this year’s many accomplishments.
Job Location: Boston, MA
Req ID: 41259BR
Job Summary: Reporting to the Clinical Mgr - Echo Cardiology performs all cardiac ultrasound imaging exams and procedures in accordance with BIDMC policy and procedures and the ASE scope of practice. Acts as a day-to-day contact for sonographers and physicians for intradepartmental issues. Provides leadership in education for the cardiac sonographers, fellows, students and clinicians to support the laboratory in imaging technology.
- Performs all functions of a Cardiac Sonographer.
- Assists in the daily operations of the echo lab; acts as a day to day contact for sonographers and physicians for intradepartmental issues.
- Prioritizes inpatient echo requests, assigns studies where needed, and responds to/schedules urgent exam requests.
- Assists in clinical teaching of staff/student sonographers, trainees, and cardiology fellows. Provides assistance in the process of evaluating student and staff sonographers.
- Evaluates, reviews and updates content of training materials and courses on a regular basis. Researches and develops new programs, curricula, and educational products. Identify organizational needs, knowledge gaps and program goals.
- Leads workshops and training sessions for the sonographers. Provides monthly feedback to sonographers in a constructive manner.
- Troubleshoots in the event of technical issues with echocardiographs. Contacts appropriate service vendors.
- Participates in the maintenance of IAC laboratory accreditation.
- Communicates and discusses departmental problems to the manager.
- Maintains supplies for all campuses.
- Vocational or Technical training required. Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Certificate 1 Basic Life Support required., and RDCS (or equivalent) certification required.
- 5-8 years related work experience required.
- Knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathology either through college level courses in biology and anatomy and/or relevant acquired experience.
- Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
- At least 5 years of echocardiogram experience.
- Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
- Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
- Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.
- Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
- Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
- Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
- Team Work: Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.
- Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.
Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 years, Elderly: 60 -.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.
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