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).

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.

Female Co-Founded

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:

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.

 

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/

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

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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.

 

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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

 

GAIN CME* CREDIT & REGISTER FOR THE WCUI MRI WEBINAR TODAY!

WCUI is hosting a LIVE webinar and CME opportunity on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 4:00 pm AZT. SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) has approved the webinar for CME credit! The webinar will cover brain cross-sectional anatomy, including, explaining the sectional anatomy landmark approach, describing major divisions of the brain, and more!  The registration fee is waived for current WCUI students, alumni and affiliate partners.

This webinar is a great opportunity for MRI Alumni in need of registry review and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Alumni who are interested in pursuing the pediatric registry exam.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR SPEAKER

headshot of John P. Lampignano

John P. Lampignano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Boise State University. For 35 years, John taught in the Medical Imaging program at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. John performed radiography for the Arizona State University Sports Medicine department for 10 years and was the lead technologist for the Arizona Cardinal Football team for 25 years. John Lampignano is also the co-author of “Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy“, which is going into its 10th edition this year.

John earned his Academic Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from Gateway Community College, his Bachelor of Science in Education from Weber State University, and his Masters in Education in Educational Technology from Arizona State University.  He was awarded his ARRT credentials in Radiography and Computed Tomography.

WEBINAR DETAILS:

To sign up, register for the webinar in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Apr 16, 2020 04:00 PM Arizona

Topic: Brain Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_chAlXc0rSE-kEksSweDl5w

 

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