As a finale to our first, ever CME Week, the WCUI CME Division hosted leading experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound including author, professor, and radiologist, Dr. Jon Jacobson – University of Michigan, Jeannine Noble – MSK expert and lead instructor for WCUI, Matt Weiss – Butterfly, Director of Strategic Clinical Sales, and Jasmine Rockett – POCUS Academy, Deputy Director of POCUS certification.
“It helped reinforce what I told them (the patients) was going on in their shoulder, they could see it and trust it more.” – Physcial Therapist at Rock Run Physical Therapy
From Webinar to POCUS MSK Course
The webinar: Introduction to MSK, brought 72 learners from various backgrounds, geographic areas, and organizations. The feedback from learners led our division to launch a Virtual MSK course utilizing Canvas classrooms, Zoom live lectures, and Butterfly proprietary technology known as Teleguidance for virtual lab. Relying on past learners, referrals, and word-of-mouth awareness, WCUI CME Division focused on what we believe is the core to a successful program:
- People: A lead instructor who is well-versed in didactic and hands-on instruction while being clinical experts in the subject and their field
- Personalization: Favorable learner to instructor ratio, multi-pronged approach to content delivery, individualized pathways to achieve each learner’s goal(s)
- Partnership: A commitment on both sides to provide and receive continuous education and build the skill set necessary to elevate patient care
The result? SOLD OUT. The March cohort included physical therapists, chiropractors, and a physician assistant. Given the virtual nature of the course, our learners came from 3 different states with the ability to learn from the comforts of their home or clinic. The course was separated into two Saturday sessions and included learning and practicing protocols on various anatomy.
Day 1: Upper Extremity:
Day 2: Lower Extremity
With POCUS MSK, “I’ll be able to better identify tissue changes to help guide plan of care as well as provide patient information about their health status” – Physical Therapist at Tanana Chiefs Conference
Our upcoming MSK trainings include a virtual POCUS MSK Course on July 10th and 22, another virtual course in September, and an advanced hands-on course in the Fall.
Additional information about the WCUI CME Division can be found on wcui.edu/cme. Set up a 1-on-1 information session here with our WCUI CME division leaders to find out more about our Virtual and In-person POCUS MSK training and additional programs available to improve your practice.
In 2021, the WCUI CME Division and CompuMed have continued in their partnership to provide basic echocardiography training for organ procurement organizations (OPO’s). The purpose of the training is to equip advanced transplant coordinators with fundamental knowledge in acquiring basic images of donor’s hearts to improve workflow in transplant services.
The WCUI CME Division has provided virtual didactic instruction from its key faculty members, including both Tim Chambers – Cardiovascular Program Director at the WCUI Phoenix campus and Malka Stromer – Director of Continuing Medical Education. To bridge the gap between didactic and hands-on training during the Basic ECHO for OPO training, WCUI implemented the Butterfly Transducer and its proprietary educational technology which allows hands-on instruction to take place in a virtual setting.
Three key OPO’s – Louisiana Organ Procurement Alliance (LOPA) out of Louisiana, Donor Alliance out of Colorado, and Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA) out of Texas, participated in our Basic ECHO for OPOs training. Learners from all three organizations will continue to participate in bi-weekly image review sessions where the lead instructor, Tim Chambers, will review uploaded images from our learners and answer questions on the everyday challenges of the OPO community as it pertains to echocardiography. The WCUI CME Division will continue to serve existing and new clients through this valuable training as a part of its mission to utilize ultrasound education to bring about more effective outcomes within the healthcare community.
Additional information about the WCUI CME Division can be found on wcui.edu/cme. Set up a 1-on-1 information session here with our WCUI CME division leaders to find out more about our Basic ECHO training and additional programs available to improve your practice.
On March 18th, 2021 the WCUI CME Division participated in a self-study accreditation interview held by the California Medical Association (CMA) – a subgroup of ACCME, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Association. This key milestone is part of a year-long, accreditation journey to provide ultrasound training for non-sonographers, including but not limited to:
- Physician Associates/Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Physical Therapists
As part of this self-study, the WCUI CME Division submitted performance in-practice examples from two webinars held by CME in 2020:
- Venous Insufficiency Testing – Laurie Benton
- Anatomical Survey: A Case Study on HLHS – Jason Grabham & Amy Zazzera
CMA approval is pending with an outcome expected in August 2021. The WCUI CME Division plans to launch multiple courses, both virtually and in-person in various point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) modalities including musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK), cardiac, and the Generalist certificate. These courses will be available for individual learners as well as with healthcare programs and healthcare facilities interested in expanding their knowledge of sonography to improve their practice.
Additional information about the WCUI CME Division can be found on wcui.edu/cme. Set up a 1-on-1 information session here with our WCUI CME division leaders to find out more about the pending approval from CMA/ACCME and future program offerings associated with AMA PRA 1 credits.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR NURSING LEADERS
THANK YOU, NURSES
May 3 – May 7th marks 2021 Teacher Appreciation Week! This week we celebrate all our amazing teachers and their dedication to educating our students! We want to share a huge thank you to our First Responder Educators for continually going above and beyond to keep our student’s education on track and to keep our school moving forward during the pandemic. Thank you for not just teaching, but for inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR STUDENTS AND ALUMNI
Earlier this week we asked our students on Instagram to give a shout-out to their favorite instructors. The entries were endless! Our students were thrilled to celebrate the instructors that have made an impression on their education. While we wish we could hear every students’ instructor shout-outs and their experiences, we did collect quite a few shout-outs to create an Instructor Shout-Out Recap video to share with our faculty:
Watch the Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 – Instructor Shout Out Recap on Facebook HERE
or Watch the Teacher Appreciation Week 2021 – Instructor Shout Out Recap on Instagram HERE
One student said it best, they “appreciate every single one of them” and the impact they’ve had on our students’ education, career, and life. Thank you, teachers!
This month, WCUI is celebrating 5 years of a wonderful partnership with Peoria MET Academy! Five years ago, Peoria MET brought their first class of medical students to WCUI’s original WCUI Phoenix campus to take a tour of our medical imaging labs. Since then, WCUI has hosted field trips for Peoria MET’s medical students to visit our campus. During the visits, students tour our labs and get a first-hand experience of what it takes to become a sonographer, MRI technologist, and nurse.
Throughout the years, WCUI has donated ultrasound machines to Peoria MET. The ultrasound machines allow their class of over 50 medical students a chance to learn the basics of ultrasound while completing their high school education. By receiving this hands-on experience, Peoria students are able to discover all aspects of the medical field including the exciting field of medical imaging!
During our five-year partnership, WCUI has provided student volunteers to help train Peoria’s students and sometimes their other faculty members on the donated ultrasound machines, sharing the amazing feat of seeing with sound.
New Donations & A Tour of the New Campus
In February 2021, we had the opportunity to donate four more ultrasound machines to continue to support Peoria MET programs. After a year of canceled field trips, Peoria MET’s Medical Strand Instructor, Kathy Kasney, and two MET students took a tour of the brand new Phoenix campus.
During their visit, Kathy and her students presented the WCUI Phoenix campus with a signed poster and student-made, machine etched tokens of appreciation featuring their logo and ours. A wonderful heartfelt gesture that symbolizes our collaboration with them over the years.
Kathy and her students were able to learn more about our new Practical Nursing program and meet with our Director of Practical Nursing Catherine Jagos. Catherine invited Kathy and her students to practice a few nursing skills in our brand new nursing simulation lab!
We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Peoria MET. Together we help their students gain knowledge and skills to pursue their goals of becoming our future healthcare professionals.
About Peoria MET
Peoria MET is a local Arizona Profesional Academy whose programs allow students to realize their strengths and passions by exploring potential science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) professions. The MET Professional Academy is designed to motivate students by treating them as working professionals. The programs prepare them for post-secondary education and careers in high-demand STEM fields. You can learn more about Peoria MET by visiting their website (www.peoriaunified.org/MET) and following them on Facebook (@PeoriaMET)and Instagram (@peoriaunifiedmet).
International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the achievements of women and raises awareness for gender equality. Today and every day, WCUI is celebrating the hundreds of WCUI faculty, staff, students, and alumni that identify as women who have made such a significant impact on our education and healthcare system during the pandemic.
WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing was co-founded over 20 years ago by Myra Chason, BS, BSN, RDMS, a well-known diagnostic medical sonography instructor, and Dr. Neville Smith, M.D., a board-certified radiologist. Myra Chason and Dr. Neville Smith shared one passion and goal, to develop a college that provided the highest quality sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nursing education to our communities. In the beginnings of WCUI, Myra took on teaching lecture and lab courses, helping enroll new students, developing curriculum, all while running a new college in Beverly Hills, California.
Today, she leads three WCUI campuses, now in Los Angeles, California, Ontario, California, and Phoenix Arizona. Program offerings have grown, with eight Bachelors, Associates, and diploma programs, with more on the way. In addition, the curriculum continues to adapt to changes in the industry to support our student’s career goals.
Women at WCUI
Every year WCUI is expanding, with additions of new Directors, educators, and staff to support our growth. As of March 2021, 61% of our faculty and staff members at all three WCUI campuses identify as female. Our female-identifying team members are in a range of roles at the corporate and campus level. Including, Campus Directors, Director of Education, Program Directors, Corporate Leaders, Department Directors, Instructors, and more.
According to our September 2020 student population report, 81% of students attending all three WCUI campuses at that time identified as female. Of that 81 percent, 73% identified as a Person of Color (POC). Our female-identifying students were enrolled in full-range of programs including:
- Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
- Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography,
- Academic Associates of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography,
- Academic Associates of Science in Cardiovascular Sonography,
- Academic Associates of Magnetic Resonance Imaging,
- Vocational Nursing,
- Practical Nursing,
- and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Short Diploma Program.
Women in Sonographer, MRI, and Nursing Roles
According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2020:
- 84% of employed Diagnostic Medical Sonographers were women,
- 71.9% of Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians were women,
- 58.8% of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists were women,
- and 90% of Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN & LVN) were women.
Women are dominating the healthcare field. They are the ones on the frontlines protecting our families and friends while risking their own health.
We Support You
WCUI is celebrating these women. They are our WCUI Family and they have made a significant impact on WCUI’s education and our healthcare system. We stand with them and support them as we work towards a society of gender equality and recognize their strength. We will continue to work hard to produce a welcome and equal environment for them, to lift them up towards their goals, and break those glass ceilings.
We also want to recognize all the amazing women in the healthcare field for the supportive care they’ve provided our communities through the pandemic. Women are on the frontlines making a significant impact on the health and minds of our communities. From sonographers to nurses to MRI technologists, to educators, to leaders, and everything in between. We applaud and support the women in our community for their talents, diversity, leadership, and dedication to education and healthcare.
We invite everyone to celebrate these women. Support their career and passion, stand up for them to forge a gender-equal world.