Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top dozen medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
UWMC has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, day shift, CARDIAC SONOGRAPHER 2. This individual performs and analyzes comprehensive complex diagnostic cardiac ultrasound procedures such as Transthoracic Echo (TTE), Dobutamine Stress Echo (DSE), Treadmill Echo (TME), and assists physicians with Transesophageal Echo (TEE) procedures on patients referred for evaluation of suspected or known heart disease, post-operative evaluation of surgical therapy, or placement of cardiac prosthetic devices. This role also performs and analyzes diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examinations on adults, adolescents, children, and infants, referred for evaluation of heart disorders who are undergoing invasive/surgical diagnostic or therapeutic cardiac procedures or cardiac surgery procedures in hospital urgent care areas. This individual will also participate as primary Echocardiography Training Liaison with the School of Medicine Division of Cardiology Fellowship Training Program, providing in-depth clinical training and instruction in the techniques, theories, and methods analysis of Echocardiography and Cardiac Doppler examinations to all UW Cardiology Fellows and Anesthesiology Fellows, Anesthesiologists and other attending physicians as arranged.
Performs and analyzes diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examinations on adults and adolescents
Performs clinical and approved research Transthoracic Echocardiography examinations on adult, adolescent, and critically ill patients either at the bedside or within the department
Performs echo cardiographic studies in the cath lab and assists team with pericardiocentesis, TAVR placement, EtOH ablations, echo guided biopsies and other procedures.
Performs echo cardiographic studies on patients with advanced heart failure therapies, including LVAD, impella and ECMO
Reviews patient medical records, physician referral diagnosis and patients previous exam data including final reports and images prior to beginning procedure
Prepares patient for examination by explaining entire procedure and performing a limited physical assessment of blood pressure and auscultation
Acquires any additional pertinent patient history
Optimizes and alters Echo and Doppler examinations by using appropriate procedure and technique to obtain anatomy and pathophysiology data relative to patients’ cardiac disorder(s)
Performs quality dependent and independent imaging before, during, and after Dobutamine Stress Echo procedures
Performs quality dependent and independent imaging before, during, and after Treadmill Stress Echo procedures
Assists the attending physician with transesophageal echocardiography. Determines initial working diagnosis by analyzing data using appropriate mathematical formulas and offline computer analysis to define accurate cardiac anatomy, physiology, pathology and hemodynamics
Prepares the patient’s initial diagnostic report: enters analyzed exam data and findings into the Xcelera PACS program, prepares documentation for Echo attending review
Cleans exam room, disinfects ultrasound equipment, prepares room and equipment for next patient or procedure
Provides “hands on” training of echo procedures to attending physicians, cardiology fellows, cardiac anesthesiology and surgery fellows, and cardiac ultrasound interns
Attends at least 75% of required staff meetings annually and/or reads and verifies all staff meeting minutes
Contributes to and assists with documentation of information to support Echo Lab and UW Hospitals CQI processes
Performs other related duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a training program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and current certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) in Adult Echocardiography by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS); AND One year of experience as Cardiac Sonographer 1 or equivalent education/experience.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.