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Geisinger Health System donates sonographic equipment to DMS Program
10-3-12

Geisinger donated the Acuson Sequoia 512.
The Geisinger Health System Radiology Department recently donated sonographic equipment to the Misericordia University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (DMS) to enhance the program’s simulated laboratory.

The Acuson Sequoia 512 possesses many of the technological features the students find in their assigned clinical education sites as part of the Bachelor of Science degree and 18-month DMS certificate programs. The added equipment will enable students to transition smoothly from the simulated lab setting on campus to the clinical setting.

“By mirroring equipment found in clinical settings, it allows for a smooth transition and application of knowledge from the simulated environment to real-patient experiences,’’ said Sheryl E. Goss, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, chair and assistant professor of the DMS Program at Misericordia University. “It helps the students to develop their skills quicker, which gives them a competitive advantage in the job market.’’

The DMS certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Sonographers perform a diagnostic medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce dynamic visual images of human organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work in various medical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology or ophthalmology.

Misericordia University also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in DMS. The Bachelor of Science program allows practicing sonographers to advance their education. It is also open to all RDMS- or ARRT(S)-credentialed sonographers regardless of their previous education.

The degree program is designed to take into account the variety of backgrounds and education of professionals in the field, like sonographers coming from hospital-based education as well as those holding certificates and associate degrees.

DMS is considered a challenging, yet highly rewarding field. More commonly referred to as ultrasound, the program offers advanced sonography courses, including advanced vascular sonography, advanced fetal and pediatric sonography, and breast sonography. The degree offers preparation for additional credentialing in multiple specialties along with a liberal arts curriculum that helps students develop a global perspective in the ever-changing health care profession.

The Expressway Accelerated Degree Program is offered through the Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education. It is designed to provide a flexible schedule of evening, weekend and online classes to fit the busy lifestyle of the adult learner, while also offering affordable tuition at $350 per credit.

For more information about the Misericordia University DMS Program, please contact Mrs. Goss at (570) 674-6790 or sgoss@misericordia.edu. For an application and additional information, please contact Larree Brown, assistant director of admissions and, recruitment, at (570) 674-6451 or at lbrown@misericordia.edu

Caption:

The Geisinger Health System Radiology Department recently donated sonographic equipment to the Misericordia University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Posing next to the new equipment at MU, first row from left, are, Sheryl E. Goss, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, chair and assistant professor of the DMS Program at Misericordia University; Maria Menta, sonographer, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and adjunct sonography faculty at Misericordia University, and Karen Klimas, BS, RT, RDMS, clinical coordinator, Misericordia University DMS program; standing, Lori Oldt, team leader, ultra sound, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, and Michael Blazaskie, regional director for radiology, Geisinger Northeast.