Sonographer, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center-Sunnyvale
“My work is very interesting. I perform many different types of exams with ultrasound. I am never bored with repetition because each patient is different and unique. With each patient I care for, I know I am helping to make a difference in their lives.
“I was very well prepared academically to sit for the credentialing examinations and am currently registered in four areas. I believe the opportunity to learn in physicians’ offices, as well as different sized health care facilities, allowed me a peek into the possibilities for my future employment.
“This job is very physically demanding with hands-on direct patient care. It can be messy.
A career as a sonographer is not simply squirting ultrasound gel on a pregnant tummy and rubbing your wand across the skin. You must interact in a positive and professional manner with patients (and often their families), and be well educated in anatomy, physiology and pathology in addition to understanding the physics behind ultrasound to competently and independently operate the equipment.
“I love the direct patient care and the interaction with many people throughout the day. I enjoy my coworkers and physicians I work with. I especially like having to think or ‘solve the puzzle’ that is the health concern of the patient. I really enjoy the continuous learning that is required with sonography.
“I am proud of my profession and the college that put me here.”
Cynthia Newman earned an associate degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography from El Centro. She works as a sonographer at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Sunnyvale, a 70-bed community hospital east of Dallas that she helped to open in 2009. She is also an adjunct faculty member in El Centro’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.