Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Trainee

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New Haven, CT
Feb 6, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.


Under the supervision of the ultrasound manager, supervisor, board certified sonographer, or a radiologist, the Sonographer Trainee performs a wide variety of technical and professional duties utilizing complex imaging equipment to produce quality ultrasound images as requested by physicians for subsequent interpretation by the radiologist. All duties are performed in accordance with departmental and organizational policies and procedures. Promotes service excellence in all interactions as outlined in the YNHH Core Success Factors. To meet the staffing needs of the department, as necessary, Diagnostic Radiology staff may be assigned at any of the YNHH Diagnostic Radiology locations, regardless of their regularly assigned work location.

  • 1. Performs quality and efficient ultrasound imaging in order to assist with patient's diagnostic work-up as observed/reviewed by staff sonographer, supervisor or radiologist.
  • 1.1. Follows routine exam protocols and/or physicians specific prescriptions with minimal repeat of examinations due to non-compliance.
  • 1.2. Routinely documents accurate anatomy and pathology to assist with radiologist-s reading.
  • 1.3. Demonstrates the ability to utilize independent judgment to change scanning protocol or technique to improve exam quality.
  • 1.4. Demonstrates ability to identify equipment malfunctions and alerts/assists management staff to address issues.
  • 1.5. Has minimal inactive scanning time between patients in order to maximize section-s efficiency and reduce patient delays.
  • 1.6. Demonstrates understanding and use of procedure set ups.
  • 2. Performs quality and compassionate patient care in order to ensure patient cooperation, safety and satisfaction as observed by hospital staff, supervisor, or radiologist.
  • 2.1. Identifies patient and exam request with consistent accuracy according to departmental policy
  • 2.2. Makes a great first impression through personal introduction, explanation of procedure, and by ensuring the patient-s physical and emotional comfort.
  • 2.3. Demonstrates use of scripts and appropriate communication with patients and families before, during, and after procedures.
  • 2.4. Is attentive and responsive to the concerns of all patients and their families as observed or noted by information gathered from discharge phone calls, Press-Ganey surveys, and patient letters.
  • 2.5. Is attentive to patient care needs and expediently calls for nursing/physician medical support as required, as evidenced by incident reports or staff, physician, and nursing input.
  • 2.6. Interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, physicians, and fellow employees are fostered in a courteous and friendly manner.
  • 2.7. Demonstrates commitment to making patient/family visits to the section a positive experience. Actively participates is section activities aimed at improving patient safety and satisfaction and Press Ganey results.
  • 3. Performs various record-keeping functions in order to ensure goals of the department are met and operation runs efficiently as observed by supervisor/manager.
  • 3.1. Demonstrates a mastery of end user computer skills of the RIS (Epic , VIP, Synapse, Syngo Dynamics, Event Reporting) by accurately and independently performing related tasks such as exam scheduling, completion, document scanning etc.
  • 3.2. Accurately edits/completes examinations in Epic to ensure proper billing and medical record documentation and verifies transmission of all images to Synapse for review and interpretation by the radiologist in accordance with departmental policy.
  • 3.3. Assists support services (Scheduling, Transport, Nursing etc.) with scheduling and patient preparation for patients to ensure appropriate utilization of service.
  • 3.4. Reports or documents designated quality assurance responsibilities such as:
    oPatient injuries or complaints
    oEquipment malfunctions
    oProcedure time-out
    oMissing or inappropriate exam requisitions
  • 4. Participates in various teaching and/or learning opportunities in order to further his/her own personal knowledge and to assist in the expanding the knowledge of others.
  • 4.1. Maintains active professional registration/certification and provides documentation as recorded by coordinator/manager.
  • 4.2. Keeps current with mandated hospital Healthstream training modules. Provides documentation as requested by coordinator/manager.
  • 4.3. Attends on site continuing education programs offered to assist with achieving the necessary required CME credits for maintaining an active RDMS status as recorded by coordinator/manager.
  • 4.4. Proactively seeks opportunities to further knowledge and expertise in the profession such as job related seminars, membership in professional societies, or advancements in degree/certification.
  • 5. Follows established safety precautions and procedures in the performance of all duties in order to ensure a safe environment as observed by hospital staff, supervisor, or radiologist.
  • 5.1. Operates equipment and performs job related duties in a safe manner by following accepted standards and demonstrates an understanding of body mechanics and use of patient lifting devices when appropriate.
  • 5.2. Demonstrates knowledge of pertinent regulatory compliance standards. Participates and accurately completes all related documentation.
  • 5.3. Practices proper infection control and sterile technique when needed with all procedures.
    Ensures supplies required for procedures are available prior to and during the examination to maximize patient safety and service efficiency.
  • 5.4. Maintains a complete understanding of emergency procedures and availability of emergency equipment.
  • 5.5. Maintains a clean and safe work environment. Ensures work area is free of expired supplies or medications and reports any safety or environmental issues to the SRC and supervisor.
  • 6. To enhance the patient experience in Diagnostic radiology all staff will be responsible to achieve patient satisfaction scores set by the department on the Test & Treatment section of our Press Ganey Survey.
  • 6.1. 1.Staff will present themselves in a friendly and courteous manor; Staff will identify themselves and their role while encouraging a Patient and Family Center experience.
    1.2Staff will fully explain procedure and ask if the patient has any additional questions about the procedure.
    1.3Staff will address any comfort issues a patient may have prior to starting procedure.
    1.4Staff will thank patient once procedure is completed and ask the patient if they have any additional questions.
    1.5Staff must meet the above goals and fiscal year threshold value, which was last fiscal year actual for a 2 rating on review.
    2.Staff must meet the above goals and exceed fiscal year threshold value by +.2 for a 3 rating on review.
    3.Staff must meet the above goals and exceed fiscal year threshold value by +.4 for a 4 rating on review.

    Other information:


    EDUCATION: Required to meet one of the following:
    Student in good standing in the last quarter of a CAAHEP accredited School of Diagnostic Sonography.
    Graduate from an accredited Allied Health program with an additional requirement of 12 months of
    full time Diagnostic Medical Sonography instruction.
    Graduate of a Bachelor's program with an additional requirement of 12 months of full time
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography instruction.


    Demonstrated technical skills to meet entry level standards of routine sonography.


    Must achieve RDMS certification for Abdomen (ABD) within 6 months of hire date or completion of a CAAHEP accredited Sonography training program.
    It is the expectation that Sonographer Trainees will become RDMS certified in Abdomen and deemed competent to be promoted to a Sonographer within 6 months of hire date. CPR certification also preferred.


    Knowledge of anatomy, pathology, ultrasound equipment and routine ultrasound imaging techniques to obtain adequate sonographic images selected for interpretation. Demonstrates basic knowledge of computer / Pacs applications, and good organizational and communication/customer service skills.

    Must meet the performance expectations as defined in the Sonographer Trainee position description. Performance and competency will be assessed continually by supervisor/manager. Any areas that are determined to be unsatisfactory will require additional training and re-evaluation within 30 days.

    Under the supervision of a board certified sonographer or radiologist, responsible for obtaining patient history and adequate information for correlation with ultrasound scans. Required to visualize, recognize and interpret anatomical and pathological content of images obtained. Demonstrates planning and decision making skills necessary to manage a patient schedule with minimal assistance and utilize ultrasound equipment efficiently.

    Must be able to lift (patient transfers) and push 40 lbs (portable US equipment).

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    Job Info

    Job: 4060

    Department: Ultra Sound
    Category: Technologist/tech
    Sub Category: LABORATORY MED
    Hours: 0.00

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