Celebrating 5 Years of Partnership with Peoria MET Academy

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.

Our Partnership 

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.

In February 2021, WCUI donated four ultrasound machines to Peoria MET

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).

A new year and a new opportunity to get ahead of your CME goals! WCUI’s Continuing Medical Education division is offering our first annual 2021 CME Week beginning February 1st through February 5th. The week will hold 5 days of educational webinars with academic leaders in the field that will help you expand your knowledge of ultrasound and how to apply it in your practice. 

Courses include topics in vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and breast ultrasound for a total of 9 CME credits approved through the SDMS. Ticket options include access to each day or the full week for only $20 – Purchase Your Ticket Here

SPECIAL GUESTS – DR. JON JACOBSON, DR. ANIL KUMAR, LAURIE BENTSON & MORE

During the full CME Week, WCUI will host Laurie Bentson, MHA, RVT, RDMS, esteemed sonographer, registered in vascular and abdominal ultrasound and Clinical Lab Director at the WCUI Phoenix campus, Dr. Anil Kumar, MD, MRCP, FACC, FSVM, DABVLM, RPVI, RPhS, Director of the Vein Center and Director Cardiovascular Imaging at Dignity Health: Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and many more!

Including a FREE live webinar on Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound with Dr. Jon A. Jacobson, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, RMSK, board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist and Professor of Radiology and Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan. To only register for the free webinar on Feb 5th with Dr. Jacobson, select your ticket for Day 5!

See the full schedule and presenters below! 

2021 CME Week Schedule and Presenters

Start the new year with us and gain the education you need to continue to improve patient care and your community. Swim fast – these tickets won’t last long! 

Visit https://wcui.edu/cme/ to learn more about the WCUI Continuing Medical Education Division and our upcoming MSK and POCUS courses designed to help non-sonographers utilize ultrasound in their practices.

Rise and grind, it’s time to get those last remaining CME credits before the year comes to an end! Join us on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm AZT on Zoom as WCUI Externship Director, Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, and Dr. Ericka Sheller-McLaughlin from Phoenix Children’s Hospital lead a virtual seminar on Fetal Echocardiography: Beyond the Four-Chamber View. The seminar is approved by SDMS and attendees will receive 2 CME credits for participating. 

Purchase Your Ticket Today to Reserve Your Spot!

After purchasing your ticket, please register for the webinar by following the link on the event page. 

WCUI CME Ticket Package:

Ready to crunch those last CME credit goals? Purchase our WCUI CME Ticket Package and gain admission to the webinar plus access to our CME Library where you can earn up to 6.5 CME credits, for a total of 8.5 credits! The WCUI CME Library has access to 3 asynchronous courses, approved by SDMS, so you can take the courses on your own schedule. 

CME Courses Include: 

Let’s close out the new year! Get Your Ticket + CME Library Access here: PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE 

Learn more about the WCUI CME Division by visiting: wcui.edu/cme/

In pure 2020 fashion, we’ve all been a little humbled this year. There have been times we were forced into uncomfortable situations and had to adapt. Whether it’s transitioning a historically in-person education to an online learning format or persevering through a pandemic to get your education and become the next nurse, sonographer, MRI technologist, or in the case of our Phoenix Director of Education’s son, the next doctor! This Thanksgiving we want to show gratitude and thanks for the amazing staff, faculty, alumni, partners, and employers that make WCUI who we are. Your determination this year to keep education going for the people who are needed in the field now more than ever exemplifies everything WCUI stands for.

We connected with some of the top leaders at WCUI and asked them what they are thankful for this year, read them all below! As a reminder, all WCUI Campuses will be closed Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27th. Weekend classes will resume on Saturday, November 28th.

 

Myra Chason

Myra Chason

WCUI Co-Founder & Campus Director at the Los Angeles Campus

“I would like to especially give thanks to all the heroes during the COVID pandemic, including, doctors, nurses, the restaurant service industry workers, the grocery service industry workers, and so many more. And a special thanks to our teachers and administrators for their excellence in delivery and education. Many thanks to all!”

Andrew High

WCUI COO

“Happy Thanksgiving! 2020 has pushed us, pushed our relationships with friends and family, pushed our work, and pushed us to think differently in many ways. In our work at WCUI, we can create a meaningful life change for our learners. I’m deeply thankful for WCUI’s staff, faculty, and students and for the opportunity to make an impact.”

 

Dr. Mike Matwick

Director of Education at the Phoenix Campus

“This Thanksgiving, I am grateful and humbled that my son, Dr. Nathan Matwick, completed his Emergency Medicine residency from Midwestern University, passed his board exam, and is now a practicing physician at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. As educators, I have to tell you that my son’s path to completing medical school was non-traditional. Along the way, he had a number of faculty who advised him to go another route. But on the other side, were educators and doctors who saw his drive and passion, like his program director, Dr. Paul Allegretti. They realized that success isn’t achieved based on test scores, but on one’s internal motivation and desire to finish. I am proud of my son and thankful for the people who saw the light in him and believed that he could reach his goal. My wish is that at WCUI, we always look for the “other attributes” that will help our students achieve. To foster and promote them, and to encourage their motivation to excel. “

Picture of Dr. Matwick's son standing in front of the American Osteopathic Association sign and smiling

Congratulations to Dr. Matwick’s son (pictured above)! We are thrilled to have such a passionate doctor like him in the field and protecting our communities.

MIKE STEWART

Director of Education at the Los Angeles Campus

“In a year that will never be forgotten, what I am thankful for is the willingness to collaborate by all members of WCUI. This includes the students, the faculty, and the staff of WCUI all coming together in a united front, to work with each other and ensuring that the education continues, no matter what. It is an honor to be a part of this group.”

 

WCUI is hosting another virtual CME seminar designed to help you become a more effective preceptor. Whether you are currently a preceptor or interested in learning more about how a preceptor can impact education and the future of healthcare, this seminar is a great opportunity to connect and learn from experts in the field!

Join us on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 5:30 pm PST on Zoom as WCUI Externship Director, Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, and owner of Sounds Sports Imaging and WCUI CME Director, Malka Stromer, MEd, BSc, RDMS, CRGS will lead a virtual seminar on becoming a more effective preceptor.

As a preceptor, it is critical to have a strong relationship with the students you take on during externship. In order to connect with the many new generations entering the field, preceptors must also continue to improve their communication skills, in the same manner, that we adapt to changes or new technology in the industry. In the Student Externship Preceptor Virtual Seminar, we will train attendees in the skills needed to be an effective preceptor through communication, conflict resolution, and building solid relationships with students and the school. In addition, the seminar is approved by SDMS and attendees will receive 2 CME credits for participating.

Register to save your spot today!

https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceqprzMuEtM9Wxwd4poF4U24wuPcvKUH

CME COURSE DETAILS:

 

Meet the Speakers

Headshot of Jason Grabham

Jason GrabhamRDCS, FASE

Jason Grabham is a cardiac sonographer registered in pediatric, fetal, and adult echocardiography.  He began his career at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and has spent nearly 30 years in the field. Jason’s clinical experience includes leading large, nationally ranked echocardiography programs including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Cincinnati Children’s/Kentucky Children’s Joint Heart Program in Lexington.

Throughout his career, Jason has focused heavily on programmatic and community outreach development, quality improvement, and sharing his passion for delivering the highest quality imaging for patients with congenital heart disease.  He is also a reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for pediatric and fetal laboratories and is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Jason has shifted his passion from delivering quality patient care into helping to develop and inspire the next wave of sonographers in his new role as Director of Externship for WCUI’s Phoenix campus.

 

Headshot of Malka Stromer

Malka Stromer, MEd, BSc, RDMS, CRGS

Malka Stromer is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer whose clinical skills were fostered at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai’s Center of Excellence in Obstetrical Ultrasound, in Toronto, Canada. Malka has spent the past 15 years of her career sharing her enthusiasm for sonography as a professor, first at her alma mater, Mohawk College (the collaborative Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences), and then at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Education from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Malka has spoken at various professional events and educational institutions on topics including sonography of the bowel and her research in the ethics of obstetrical ultrasound. She has authored a chapter in a sonography text, and has won a research award through the SDMS, and most recently the John and Suanne Rouche Excellence Award through the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges.

Malka is the owner of Sound Sports Imaging, LLC, and together with her colleague Jeannine Noble, now teaches POCUS and MSK ultrasound to health care professionals around the world. In addition, Malka has been leading the CME development program as the newest WCUI CME Director. This year the CMEs have transitioned to an online format with opportunities to join via live webinar or by registering for asynchronous courses. To learn more and register for our current list of asynchronous CME courses fill out the form here: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form or email CME@wcui.edu

 

TAKE A CME COURSE ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE, REGISTER TODAY! 

Last month, WCUI hosted a LIVE CME webinar with guest speakers, Amy Zazerra OB, FE, RVT, and Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE over the topic “Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome”. If you missed the opportunity to log in, WCUI is now providing access to the free CME course worth 2.5 CME credits through SDMS! Once you gain access, you will be able to complete the course on your own time.

To gain access, please fill out the CME Course Enrollment Form and you’ll receive an invitation from the WCUI CME team: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form 

The course is a great opportunity for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and OB/GYNs who are interested in reviewing the importance of the fetal heart views and gain additional knowledge through a case study on hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). 

  CME COURSE DETAILS: 

  • When: Anytime! Enroll today & take the course on your own time: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form 
  • Topic: Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 
  • CME Credits: 2.5 SDMS credits

WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing is thrilled to announce the promotion of Laurie Bentson, MHA, RDMS, RVT, to the newly created position of Clinical Lab Director for the Phoenix, Arizona campus. Many WCUI Phoenix sonography students will recognize Laurie as an instructor for a variety of ultrasound classes, such as Physics, Vascular, Abdomen, OB/GYN, and Medical Terminology.

“Since joining our team this past fall, Laurie has demonstrated a continuous and relentless interest in improving the student experience, by enriching their opportunities to hone their critical thinking skills in the labs and providing an outstanding education to the students,” WCUI Phoenix campus, Director of Education Maria Walters said.  “We feel very lucky to have her accept this position and look forward to collaborating in shaping the new future of WCUI education.”

Laurie Bentson’s, MHA, RDMS, RVT Experience

Laurie Bentson

Laurie grew her ultrasound experience while serving patients for 20 years at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix campus. During her tenure, she managed the ultrasound team performing high-risk OB; supporting organ transplant services, vascular and cardiac surgeons, NICU, a stroke center, and a robust interventional radiology team to include ultrasound-guided procedures. Laurie furthered her education by obtaining her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and was promoted to Senior Manager, serving two additional major medical centers within Banner Health. In this role, she was responsible for staff development, quality outcomes, and operations for several different modalities to include Interventional Radiology, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging as well as Ultrasound.  

Laurie Bentson has extensive experience in the educational field as a vascular sonography lab instructor for Gateway Community College.  There she also taught weekend seminars to prepare the students to take their RVT registry.

Congratulations Laurie!

As WCUI Phoenix’s newest Clinical Lab Director Laurie is eager to improve WCUI student’s learning experiences by continuing to restructure lab environments to mirror clinical spaces and maximize learning opportunities. Congratulations Laurie Bentson! We are excited to see how you will continue to improve WCUI and make your impact on each of our students.

For details about Laurie Bentsons’s experience and her new promotions as WCUI Phoenix Clinical Lab Director see the official WCUI press release here: Press Release Laurie Bentson Promoted to Phoenix Clinical Lab Director

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