Henry Ford Hospital
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program
2014 PROGRAM BULLETIN
Michael D. Moffatt, M.Ed., RT, RDMS, RDCS
Cindi Zemple, AS, RDMS
Robin Bassi, MD
John Bonnett, MD
Phone: (313) 916 3519
Fax: (313) 916 9480
Henry Ford Hospital's Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Program does not discriminate on the basis of sex,
race, handicap, religion, national origin, or
* The information, policies, conditions, and fees stated
in this Bulletin, are subject to change without notice.
Program bulletin 2014.doc
As the students for the class which begins in January 2013
have been chosen, applications are not being accepted for
Timeline for July 2014- February 2016 class
Application* deadline: January 3, 2014
*The application form, official transcripts, letter
of intent, health care observational experience, awarding
of a degree, and letters of reference must be received that
deadline. The Program does not arrange for health care
observational experience. All documents are to be mailed
in one envelope to the Program office.
Interviews: March or April 2014
Applicants cannot choose the date nor time of their
interview. Not all applicants are interviewed.
Program begins: next class: July 2014
Thereafter: January 2016
Program duration: 20 months
( each class overlaps by
two months )
Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
Medical Sonography is an imaging modality that is excellent in visualizing the soft tissues of the body. It is used to
evaluate the abdominal organs, the pregnant uterus, the
non-gravid pelvis, the heart, the eye, and the neonatal brain, as well as the neck, breast, scrotum, and other
anatomical structures. Through Doppler ultrasound, the patterns of blood flow in vascular structures such as the carotid artery, renal transplant, tumors, and peripheral vessels may be studied. Ultrasound may be used in the operating suite to localize neoplasms or guide shunt placement. The technique of using high frequency sound waves involves no discomfort, nor no proven hazard to the patient, and has been used in medical diagnosis for 3 decades. In recent years, this non-invasive technique has found new and expanded uses in the medical field, partly due to the improvement in instrumentation, but also due to the increased awareness of its potential value in diagnosis.
The Profession of Medical Sonography
The diagnostic medical sonographer is a skilled allied health professional who performs ultrasound examinations
under the supervision of a physician. The sonographer
is required to integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology,
pathology, and ultrasound physics, and to apply this
knowledge during the examination of a patient.
Successful sonographers are astute individuals who are
adaptive and who evidence a high degree of dedication to
the exactness of their work. A strong work ethic, emotional
maturity, and empathy are required skills for a successful
sonographer. The sonographer works closely with the physician (sonologist) to attempt to solve a clinical problem. The sonographer is required to exercise
clinical judgment during the examination, by recognizing
pathology, and by adjusting the examination technique and
patient position, to highlight that pathology.
Medical Sonographers may work in hospital settings - radiology, obstetrical, vascular, or cardiology departments, to name a few. Others are employed in private physician offices and other outpatient facilities. Employment opportunities also exist in the commercial field, as application specialists, product managers, and salespersons. There are approximately 60,000 registered sonographers worldwide.
Henry Ford Hospital
Program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program at Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) was begun in 1975, formally established
in 1979, and initially accredited in 1984. The Program
and its facility are dedicated to providing a worthwhile,
extensive experience in medical sonography, integrating
didactic and clinical education.
The 20 month program, the next class which will begin in
July 2014, places emphasis on the key areas needed to produce a quality sonographer: abdominal sonography, obstetrical/ gynecological sonography; and ultrasound physics and instrumentation. The deadline for applying to that class is
January 3, 2014.
Didactic classes are principally of the lecture format:
clinical case presentations are also given. Most of the
classes are taught by the program coordinator; other classes are presented by the staff sonographers and the division physicians. Students have the opportunity to attend ultrasound conferences and guest lectures. The number of classroom hours varies between 8 and 20 hours per week.
The academic program is divided into five semesters. The
essential academic subjects (physics, abdomen, obstetrics,
and gynecology) are each divided into a beginning and an
advanced section. Beginning sections are covered in the
program's first semester. No class are on line. Classes
required attendance in the classroom.
Introductory courses cover the anatomy, physiology, lab
values, and commonly-encountered pathology of a particular
organ system. The advanced courses cover rarer disease
states and image interpretation.
The Program also offers introductory courses and some limited clinical experience in the following areas:
vascular sonography and in echocardiography.
Tests are given about every two weeks throughout the year.
Since sonographic examination is basically a display of anatomy, a major emphasis is placed on the understanding
of the gross anatomy of the major organ systems examined
by ultrasound. PowerPoint lectures, images, and demonstrations cover the liver, biliary tree, pancreas, uterus, ovary, and placenta, as well as the developing fetus and the infant brain.
Image interpretation and sonographic pattern recognition
is stressed throughout the course, in didactic lectures
and case reviews. Student sonographers must develop an
ability to make preliminary interpretations of the images
she or he obtains.
In the Program, a thorough discussion of the physical
principles and instrumentation which underlie sonographic examinations is presented; the physics course is conducted
using lectures, problem-solving, and demonstrations of
Based on a strong background in anatomy and sonographic
pathology, the student receives a wide exposure to a variety of clinical applications of ultrasound. The student first observes sonographic examinations being conducted by a staff sonographer. In later months, the student begins to physically assist the sonographer, by performing portions of the study of a patient, under direct supervision.
As the student's clinical ability progresses, she or he is given more freedom to conduct the case, but is always supervised by a staff sonographer. Clinical performance
is assessed quarterly with written performance standards; these are given to the student at the beginning of each quarter. Final competency tests during the last three months are also required, in several clinical areas.
Academic classes and clinical experience is concurrently
utilized through each week of the program. Students are free to consult with the Program Coordinator or Clinical
Coordinator at any time, on academic, clinical, or
personal concerns. There are also several designated clinical advisors who help evaluate student performance,
and who give the students additional clinical aid when necessary.
The students' clinical experience is primarily based at
the Main Campus (the Hospital) in Detroit. The students have a limited clinical rotation to several of the Hospital's suburban satellite facilities. Students cannot choose their rotation site. Currently, the Division of Ultrasound has 6 scanning rooms in its main location: 6 rooms at the New Center site, 3 blocks from the Hospital; and a total of 10 rooms at the other satellite facilities. Echocardiography, musculoskeletal, and vascular centers also exist.
Clinical education centers:
Satellite facilities of the Department, which are in
Detroit and in the suburbs of Dearborn, West
Bloomfield, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Taylor
and Troy: staffed by Department sonographers
Vascular Lab, Division of Vascular Surgery,
2nd and 8th th floor, Henry Ford Hospital
Staffed by sonographers from the Vascular Lab
2th floor, Henry Ford Hospital
Staffed by echocardiographers from the Heart and
Children Hospital of Michigan
Eligible students enrolling in the program are eligible to apply for veterans benefits.
Transfer Credit and Prior Credit
Prerequisite courses may have been taken at an accredited college or university. Transfer credit will be accepted only if the course(s) are listed on an official transcript from another academic institution and meet program standards/requirements.
Registration in Sonography
Voluntary registration in the profession of medical Sonography is obtained by successful completion of exams conducted after
graduation, by the ARDMS (www.ardms.org ).
Graduates of the HFH DMS Program take the ARDMS exams in
the areas of Physics; Abdomen; Obstetrics/Gynecology; and
Neurosonology. ARDMS fees, $ 200 per exam, are the student's personal responsibility.
The HFH DMS Program has full accreditation in the area of
general sonography (through 2014 ) by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The reaccreditation process for the Program was begun in 2012.
Reference: www.caahep.org / find an accredited program.
Thus, Program graduates are eligible to take the examinations offered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers ( ARDMS ).
The Program is also under the academic sponsorship of
Madonna University of Livonia, Michigan, which is in turn
accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and
Henry Ford Hospital / Medical Centers are accredited in
General Ultrasound services through the American College of
HENRY FORD HOSPITAL / HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
Henry Ford Hospital is a 803 bed, accredited, voluntary,
non-profit, private hospital established in 1915.
Patient care, research, and education are combined to
provide outstanding service to the public, the scientific
investigator, and to its students. As the Hospital is
affiliated with several medical schools and with over 15
allied health programs, a large percentage of the
personnel at the hospital are students in some capacity.
The Hospital is not only one of the largest health care
facilities in the Midwest, but also a well-respected
teaching institution, whose graduates are currently
employed in all areas of the country. The HFH Medical
Group complement of over 900 physicians, includes over
350 full-time staff physicians, and more than 400 house
officers receiving advanced education. The HFH Emergency
Room is the busiest in Michigan. In addition, there are
over 17,000 employees (including satellite personnel)
providing professional, technical, and support services
to the Hospital, five satellite ambulatory centers, and
over 50 specialty clinics. The HFH system is affiliated
with the Health Alliance Plan, the largest HMO in
Michigan. A recent survey by US News and World Report
rated HFHS as having the “top doctors” in more specialties
that any other Southeast Michigan hospital.
One of the busiest areas of the Hospital is the Department
of Radiology, occupying several sites on the second and
third floor of the Hospital's clinic and west clinic
buildings; as well as at the satellite facilities. The
entire Radiology department performs over 300,000 proced-
ures annually, with about 300 employees, including over
100 radiological technologists.
Currently, the Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound, of the
Department of Radiology, consists of 3 staff radiologists
(daily); several fellows and residents; 62 full-time /
part-time / contingent staff sonographers; and 6-15
students ( in overlapping classes ). The Ultrasound
examination volume is over 60,000 procedures annually.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
The HFH DMS Program educates students in general sonography:
physics, abdomen, abdominal Doppler, obstetrics, gynecol-
ogy, superficial parts including breast sonography, and
Neurosonology. Graduates take the ARDMS examination in Physics,
Abdomen, Neurosonology, and Obstetrics/ Gynecology.
At this time, students receive an clinical introduction to
vascular sonography ( 2 weeks ), echocardiography ( 1 day),
and musculoskeletal sonography ( 2 weeks ). They also
receive limited academic instruction in those areas.
In the final clinical semester, students may have the
option to spend up to two additional weeks in one of those
Graduates are not eligible to take the ARDMS examination in
Vascular sonography nor in Adult Echocardiography.
It is important for applicants to recognize that Medical Sonography Programs are not entry-level programs. Academic
and clinical prerequisites are set by the accrediting body,
the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic
It is advised that all applicants have observed sonographic
procedures in a ultrasound department: a suggestion is to serve as a volunteer for several weeks in a hospital Radiology department. HFH Main Hospital Volunteer Services can be reached at (313) 916 7495; firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Betty Brown ). Having an ultrasound examination on yourself does not count as experience!
To be considered for admission, all candidates must have recent, documentable patient care experience, and meet one
of the following prerequisites:
Prerequisite # 1
Be a graduate of - or a student in good standing in -
an allied health program that is patient-care related.
The program must have been a minimum of two years in
duration. GPA must be 3.0 or better.
Radiologic technologists, registered nurses, respiratory
therapists, medical technologists are examples of
health care professionals eligible to be considered for
Applicants who are students, may be accepted on the
condition that they successfully complete their allied
health program. They are required to take, and pass,
the registry/licensing examination(s), in that
respective profession, by the end of the Medical
Sonography Program’s first semester. Failure to pass
that examination will result in dismissal.
(or ) Prerequisite # 2
Have a U.S. ( or equivalent )Bachelors of Science or of Arts degree, or a U.S. ( or equivalent ) Associate of Science or of Arts degree, in any major, with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and have patient care experience observing radiography for a minimum of 40 hours, of which 20 hours must have been in sonography.
Regardless whether a candidate meets prerequisites 1 or 2,
the following is mandatory for admission:
high school graduation or equivalent,
with a GPA of 2.0 of better, and
college courses in each of the following:
( overall college GPA must be at least 3.0 )
two semesters of college math or algebra or
college physics ( any level, except astronomy)
human anatomy and physiology
( two- 3 credit courses, or one 5-6 hour
( English; speech; or composition )
documentation of at least 40 hours of patient
care experience in Radiology, of which 20 hours must
be in sonography; you may contact Volunteer services
of a local hospital or health care facility to
obtain this or contact Betty Brown on HFH at
313 916 7495. email@example.com
Prerequisite courses and health care experience must have been completed in the previous ten years, and prior to
January 3, 2014.
The application deadline is January 3, 2014. All documents are to be mailed in one envelope to the Program office.
Medical School Graduates
The Program is a technical training program for technolog-
ists, and does not accept applications from domestic
nor foreign graduates of medical schools. Domestic or foreign physicians are encouraged to contact the AIUM
( www.aium.org or phone: 1 301 498 4100 ) for a listing of
courses in sonography for physicians.
The HFH DMS Program is a graduate program in medical education. As such, courses and clinical assignments are
at an accelerated pace and volume. Including study time, it is not unusually that this Program requires a commitment of 55-70 hours per week. Maintaining employment while in the Program is not recommended. If employment outside the Program is necessary, it cannot conflict with the academic nor clinical schedule of the Program.
Due to the complexities and expense of processing a student
visa request, the Program will not admit foreign students.
Not all applicants are interviewed. There is no waiting list.
Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee
an interview nor admission. Applicant files are not retained
Currently, the Program has an accredited maximum capacity
of 20 students. Typically the junior and senior class has
6-8 students each. In 2012, the program received 21 completed applications for 8 positions.
The principles of candidate selection are:
- academic and clinical performance in prior allied
health education, and in college.
- letters of recommendation.
- a complete application package submitted on time.
passing the Pre-entrance physical, which includes a
(Scheduled one week prior to the beginning of school)
- passing a criminal background check and a reference
- the admission committee’s perception of the candidate’s
motivation, maturity, and ability.
The number of applications received compared to
The available student positions.
The Program will make a decision as to whether a applicant
will be offered a position in the Program, based on space
availability; number of applications received; whether transcripts and related documentation was received by the
deadline: and whether the candidate meets all of the requirements for admission.
Salaries for sonographers vary widely, depending on the geographical area of the country and the specialties and
years of experience of the sonographer. Currently,
starting salaries in the Detroit area are about $ 53,000.
There is no guarantee of employment upon graduation.
There is no job placement by the Program.
If a candidate wishes a tour of the Division in advance of
the interview process, please contact the Program Coordinator.
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS – TRANSCRIPTS, LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, ET, - ARE TO BE SENT AT THE SAME TIME IN ONE ENVELOPE TO THE PROGRAM OFFICE. See the check list that is with the application form.
Completion of the application process, requires, in addition to an interview, that the following materials be submitted prior to the application deadline of October 1st:
OFFICIAL high school transcript, irregardless of when
high school was attended
OFFICIAL transcript from an allied health
program, if an allied health program was
3. OFFICIAL transcript from college(s),
if college(s) was attended
Foreign transcripts must be preevaluted
by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc
4. proof of licensing/registration in an
allied health profession, unless a current
student in that profession, if applying under
5. Proof of a U.S. college degree, if applying under
Prerequisite # 2
6. At least two typewritten, signed letters of
recommendation, on letterhead stationary, from a
manager who has known you in a professional
capacity, such as a physician, instructor,
program director, or supervisor.
Note: transcripts and high school / college graduation will be verified. A criminal background check will be completed on accepted candidates. Prior employment and school attendance will be verified.
Letters of recommendation must be signed, typed, and on letterhead stationary; handwritten letters are not acceptable.
Transcripts must be ORIGINAL, OFFICIAL transcripts of the
school or college. Student copies of transcripts are not accepted. Letters, application forms, and transcripts cannot be faxed nor emailed. If a college will not provide official
transcripts to the student, the student may request that the
college mail the transcript directly to this program office.
All application materials should be mailed to:
Michael Moffatt, MA, RDMS
Radiology Department, WC 370
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 West Grand Blvd
Detroit Michigan 48202-2689
A personal interview is a required part of the application
The interview process takes about 6 hours.
Candidates cannot choose the date nor time of their interview.
Not all applicants are interviewed.
There is no waiting list
All travel and lodging expenses for the interview are the
responsibility of the candidate.
Candidates desiring information about overnight lodging in the Detroit area, should contact the Program Coordinator for more details.
Tuition currently is $ 4000.00 for the program, payable in equal installments on January 3, April 3, August 3 and December 3.
A lab fee of $150 is assessed the first week of the Program. Students also are required to purchase their assigned textbooks ( about $800 ) prior to the first week of the program.Note: all fees are subject to change.
After graduation, the student is responsible for their national
examination ( ARDMS ) fees which are $200 per examination. Professional membership fees ( optional ) are about $ 100.
The HFH DMS Program has no direct financial aid packages available for students.
However, admitted students may inquire at the Program’s sponsor ( Madonna University of Livonia, Michigan ) as to financial aid. This would require enrolling at that University as a student. The contact is www.madonna.edu ; Jim Wendt at (734) 432 5511. firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tom Laabs at (734) 432 5448; email@example.com
Admitted students are also eligible to apply for scholarships through the SDMS
( www.sdms.org ) and the AIUM ( www.aium.org ).
40 hours of scheduled and unscheduled time off ( sick time and vacation time) are allowed for in the 20 month program. There is also week-long breaks in the spring and in the summer. In addition, students are off on legal holidays, during Christmas week, and on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The only acceptable reasons for excessive time off is pregnancy leave
Or illness. Excessive absenteeism is grounds for discipline
up to dismissal. Classes are not repeated for absent students.
Tardiness in either the classroom or clinical setting will result in time off subtracted from the students’ elective time off.
No stipend is paid to the student.
Free, assigned parking is provided.
Accepted candidates must pass the Hospital health screening, and a criminal background check.
Several quality child care centers are located within
one - half mile of the Hospital.
Housing may be available in the adjacent HFH Apartment Building.
Information is at http://www.henryford.com/body_program.cfm?id=39324
The Hospital has its own armed security force. In addition,
approximately 10,000 employees, visitors, and patients are in
the Hospital every weekday. Student parking is a guarded, well
lighted lot near One Ford Place, four blocks from the Hospital.
Shuttle bus service is from 5:30am to 8pm.
The student has academic and clinical hours totaling no more than 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, for 20 consecutive months. Hours* are 8am to 4:30pm, except when there is a 4pm lecture when the workdays ends at 5pm. Students are not allowed to choose their clinical hours, nor their clinical assignments. *Assigned afternoon and midnight shifts will occur
to allow students to gain clinical experience in exams such as
No visible tattoos are allowed.
To successfully complete the program, and to graduate,
the student must:
1. show evidence of satisfactory clinical ability
(performance objectives are established for each quarter)
maintain passing grades. The student must achieve a
grade of 80 % or better, in every course; either
as an original grade, or based on a make-up examination.
3. maintain regular attendance. Absenteeism in excess of
the allotted days off, must be made up, as discussed in
the program description.
4. complete the assigned case presentations, and student project.
For a complete listing of ultrasound programs in the USA
and Canada, contact the SDMS at www.sdms.org/public/career.asp or CAAHEP at www.caahep.org / find an accredited program.
Physicians interested in education in sonography are advised to contact the AIUM at (301) 498-4100. ( www.aium.org ) Medical school graduates are not eligible for admission the HFH DMS Program.
Information on the Profession of Medical Sonography
Individuals are encouraged to utilize the following websites:
sonographers’ professional organization
www.aium.org physican’s professional organization
www.ardms.org examination standards
www.caahep/org/programs/dms/dms-main.htm school list
Good clinical experience, good education, small class
size, direct communication daily with radiologists
. - S Z
Classroom instruction was very thorough and detail orientated.
.- M D
HFH has by far one of the best schools of Sonography.
-. J W
Great amount of hands on scanning with very experienced
-. J C
We learned good ergonomics to reduce our risk of injury.
-. L G
Testimonials from employers
____ has been a great asset to our department.
Her scans are top notch! - D B
____ came out highly trained and confident in all areas.
- D C
____ is very confident and a fast learner…a perfect fit
for our department. - L R
____ has been a great addition to our team in terms of
quality and ability to pick things up quickly, The
radiologists are pleased with the quality of her work.
. - S W
____ is a wonderful addition to our staff. She
communicates well and is well liked by her peers.
She is professional and great with patients. - T D
- T D
___ is a very motivated sonographer. She is working
a second shift with requires independent thinking.
She has adjusted well to our department’s needs. - DH