In this Alumni Spotlight we caught up with Terra Manwarren, graduate of the Diagnostic Medical Sonographer training program who currently is employed at the Brooks-TLC Health System in Irving, New York.
Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?
I started working the Monday after graduating for a mobile company based out of Buffalo, then transferred to a different company fairly quickly. I worked for Buffalo Ultrasound for a little over a year and then found my place at a hospital closer to home. I currently work at Brooks-TLC Health System, the Irving campus as the only Ultrasound Technician. I also recently passed my Vascular boards!
What types of things do you do there day to day?
Typically I scan Abdomen/small parts, Vascular and GYN (some OB). I also do PICC lines, Paracentesis and Thoracentesis procedures as well. Just recently we decided to do simple biopsies and cyst aspirations.
What do you like about your career?
I love the variety of things I do here at the hospital. I enjoy helping people, knowing that we are the first step in figuring out a patients problem. Just recently I started to get students from two different programs and that has become my favorite thing while at work.
What did you like most about Great Lakes?
My favorite thing about the DMS program at Great Lakes was pretty much everything! Not even kidding or being biased, we had amazing instructors who helped you and pushed you to understand the material. The clinical program at Great Lakes is better than any other program I’ve heard of. I know while being in clinic I was nervous about trying to get comps and worried about failing, but luckily I had a great site that allowed a lot of scan time to understand normal, to recognize abnormal. I felt very prepared going into the real world of scanning.
What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
My advice for current students is to ASK QUESTIONS! If you don’t understand something ask someone for help. Get your hands on a probe as much as possible. Take Physics ASAP!