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May 2019 Sonographer Volunteer of the Month Megan Yamat, RDCS, RCS, FASE

By Natalya Read posted 05-02-2019 14:01

  

Yamat.jpgWhen and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?

Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field.  However, I wasn’t sure in which capacity.  My parents both worked in the medical field and that attracted me towards it. I started out in nursing school, but very early on I realized that nursing wasn’t the profession for me. My mother, who is a nurse, introduced me to the field of Echocardiography.  I attended a technical school for Echocardiography in 2003, where I learned both cardiac and vascular ultrasound. I initially wanted to focus on vascular, but all clinical slots were occupied. Getting into cardiac ultrasound has been the happiest accident that ever happened to me. I have been working in this field since 2005. In 2010, I decided to return back to school to St. Anthony’s School of Echocardiography to obtain my Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, and hope to continue advancing my education in the future.

 

What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position?

I currently work at The University of Chicago Hospital as the Lead Advanced Cardiac Sonographer and Technical Coordinator. I perform all duties associated with IAC and coordinating staff schedules.  I serve as a mentor to the junior staff as well as guide advanced structural heart disease procedures in the Cath Lab. 

 

When and how did you get involved with the ASE?

I first got involved in ASE when I submitted a clinical case in 2013 (“Impalement of Tricuspid Valve Leaflet on Pacemaker Lead”) and it was accepted as an oral presentation. It was my first time presenting at a national conference. I learned quickly that I have the passion for teaching and presenting, and I continued down the research path working side-by-side with one the greatest mentors, Dr. Roberto Lang. 

 

Why do you volunteer for ASE?

I think that ASE is an exceptional organization. I love the fact that ASE is all about education, research, innovation and patient advocacy. Volunteering for ASE has given me the opportunity to lecture in my mother’s home country of the Philippines, and meet other echo specialists from around the world. Being in the Philippines gave me insight on how other echo labs practice, and how blessed we are to have the resources we have in this country. I am very happy volunteering for ASE, and having the possibility to give back to our organization. I am passionate about Echocardiography and I am truly convinced that ASE shares that same passion.

 

What is your current role within ASE? In the past, on what other committees, councils or task forces ha you served and what have you done with the local echo society?

In 2015 I became a FASE member and was fortunate to be chosen as a research award winner at the annual Scientific Sessions.   I have had the opportunity to lecture nationally in different ASE-sponsored venues and in the Philippines during the ASEAN meeting.   In Chicago, I have served as faculty for “The Heart Beat of Cardiology” meeting run jointly by my University and the Mayo Clinic, performing hands-on 3D training sessions.  I currently serve on the Guidelines committee. I am very excited to continue to volunteer for ASE and see what the future holds for echocardiography. 

What is your advice for members who want to become more involved in their profession or with the ASE?

My advice for members who would like to get involved with ASE is to attend the Scientific Sessions and network at the meeting as much as possible. Volunteering for committees is another great way to get involved.  Another manner to be involved is to perform research studies and submit case studies and abstracts to the Scientific Sessions. Take the time to invest in your career if you feel the passion to be a part of ASE.
 

What is your vision for the future of cardiovascular sonography?

My vision for the future of Echo is the continued advancement and growth of the sonographer’s role.  I am so excited about the development of the ACS credential and hope that the role of an ACS sonographer will expand. It will also be fascinating to see the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in echocardiography and how the role of sonographers will change once this software is fully implemented.

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05-10-2019 16:53

Megan, congratulations on being chosen sonographer of the month.  I love reading how sonographers find their way into cardiac ultrasound.  May career has also been a happy accident.  I hope you enjoy a long & happy career.  I think you are well on your way there.