The incumbent works in the Cardiology section of the VA Medical Center (VAMC). The sonographer has the intimate knowledge of thoracic anatomy and physiology as related to cardiovascular function. Echocardiography technicians at this level identify and record anomolies indicative of disease, injury, or other medically significant condition from ultrasound imaging and simultaneous recordings of the Doppler.
THIS IS A REANNOUNCEMENT AND THE OPEN PERIOD FOR THIS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 10/23/18
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Duties include but are not limited to:
Adequately performs full volume and LV quantification both on and offline, Mitral Valve imaging with Color Flow for pathophysiology and etiology, Aortic Valve imaging with direct planimetry measurements using QLAB Multi-plane reconstruction.
Quantifies strain rate imaging to assess for LV dysynchrony to aid in Cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Thorough understanding of microbubble physics, instrumentation, and the application of cardiac ultrasonographic scanning techniques for the acquisition of high-quality images during contrast administration.
Uses independent judgment in applying knowledg of clinical cardiology and ultrasound, and Doppler principles.
Uses problem-solving skills to optimize the evaluation and adjust the exam to ensure that it is comprehensive and accurate.
Records and interprets the result of the exam and presents information and or possible diagnosis to interpreting physician.
Performs 2D, M-Mode, continuous and pulse wave Doppler and color flow exam.
Performs transthoracic examinations.
Performs stress echocardiograms with and without pharmaceuticals.
Performs contrast enhanced exams.
Accompanies physician to the operating room and assists with transesphogeal echoes.
Performs related MIT duties including EKG, stress testing, administrative functions and other duties as clinically warranted.
Independently setting, calibrating and operating of machinery.
Understands 3DE derived left ventricular function and chamber quantification.
Job family (Series)
0649 Medical Instrument Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Must pass pre-employment examination
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English
Licensure or Certification Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at the GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge skills and abilities.
Experience with imaging of valvular heart disease
Familiarity with advanced diagnostic echocardiographic imaging modalities
Demonstrated consistency of quality echocardiographic studies
Effective interpersonal skills and able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
Familiarity with TEE
Knowledgeable with latest ASE guidelines and protocols
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify, you must possess at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of echocardiography services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Echocardiography.
Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.
Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.
Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.abnormal findings.
Certification: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27/D, Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography). This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
See VA Handbook/Directive 5019. Environmental factors include: work around machinery with moving parts; radiant energy; working closely with others; working alone.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
PCS expenses: Not authorized
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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