Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR

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The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospitals provide primary health care for animals locally and referral care for animals in Oregon and the region, participate in the education of veterinary students through clinical training, develop new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for veterinary care, and provide consultation service to practitioners and clients.

The purpose of this position is:
1.To perform ultrasonographic procedures on veterinary patients, under the direction of a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist.
2.To perform these procedures efficiently and in a high quality manner on hospital patients (small and large animals), and also for research animals or specimens.
3.To assist in the teaching and supervision of veterinary students in the clinical in-hospital environment.

Position Duties

The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for the independent operation of sonographic equipment, and for performing and communicating results of diagnostic examinations using diagnostic ultrasonography. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer is responsible for daily operations of the sonographic laboratory, including stocking of necessary equipment (syringes, needles, etc.), patient schedule, equipment maintenance, the report of equipment failures, and quality assessment (QA). The ultrasonographer maintains a high standard of medical ethics at all times and is self-motivated to increase level of understanding and knowledge of the field, disease, and new procedures as they evolve. The ultrasonographer is expected to educate him or herself about veterinary anatomy and physiology if no previous veterinary experience is present. The ultrasonographer is expected to have good communication skills with the supervisor, radiologist on clinic, clinical staff and students.

80% Ultrasonographic (US) procedures
Performs all requested ultrasonographic examinations on small and large animals (clinical patients, research animals and specimens), using a modern ultrasound machine and external workstation. Coordinates scheduling of examinations with hospital clinicians and staff. Prepares preliminary reports and contacts referring veterinarians when required, according to established procedures. Coordinates with other staff to assure appropriate patient care is provided. Uses veterinary cross-sectional anatomy, positioning of veterinary patients to satisfactorily perform high quality ultrasound examinations. Organizes daily work schedule and performs related clerical duties as required. Assumes responsibility for the safety and well-being of all patients in the sonographic area/department. Reports equipment failures to the appropriate supervisor or staff member. Provides in-service education team on requirements of sonographic procedures as requested by other members of the veterinary health care team.
Performs clinical assessment and diagnostic sonography examinations. Uses cognitive sonographic skills to identify, record, and adapt procedures as appropriate to anatomical, pathological, diagnostic information and images. Analyzes sonograms, synthesizes sonographic information and medical history, and communicates findings to the appropriate veterinarian and radiologist on clinic or teleradiology service.

Position Duties (continued):
Coordinates work schedule with supervisor or radiologist on clinic and/or scheduling desk to assure workload coverage. Assumes responsibility for the safety and physical comfort of patients while they are in the sonographer's care. Assists with the daily operations of the sonographic laboratory. Maintains a daily log of patients seen / completes exam billing forms. Maintains ultrasound equipment functional and work area clean and organized, and maintains adequate supplies. Participates in the maintenance of laboratory accreditation. Provide assistance with optimization/ manipulation of ultrasonographic images for the radiologist, and use PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Software) and HIS (Hospital Information System) as required. Assist other technicians with maintenance of inventory and equipment for radiography workplace; perform quality control duties as needed, delegate tasks to other technicians. Establishes and maintains ethical working relationships and good rapport with all interrelating clinical staff, hospitals, referral or commercial agencies

10% Instruction
Assist in the diagnostic imaging instruction of clinical phase veterinary students. Duties may include giving informal lectures and demonstrations on proper ultrasonographic techniques.

10% Provide other supporting tasks for the radiology service as necessary or as assigned. This may include learning, assisting and performing MRI exams as deemed necessary for the diagnostic imaging service.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Active certification by American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Current compliance with Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements for specialty(ies) as appropriate.

Current compliance with all State of Oregon licensing/certification requirements.

Computer proficiency and willingness to become familiar with in-house PACS and Hospital Information Systems as well as the external software used to analyze ultrasound data.

Previous veterinary experience is not necessary, but candidate must be willing and self-motivated to learn appropriate anatomy, physiology and positioning for veterinary examinations.

The employee in this position will often be required to lift or carry objects weighing up to 100 pounds, and pushing or pulling carts weighing up to 50 pounds.

This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be deemed fit for duty at placement and while serving in the position.

Preferred Qualifications

BS in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from a program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Advanced clinical experience in ultrasound.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

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External - open to all qualified applicants

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Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their email addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

Finalists for this position will be required to complete a criminal history questionnaire. Offers of employment will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Susanne Stieger-Vanegas, susanne.stieger@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4833.

OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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