Cecelia Pham | Diagnostic Medical Sonography Class of 2015
In 2013, during her sophomore year at Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cecelia was considering applying to the Diagnostic Imaging program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions (SHP). When she learned that a new program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography was being introduced, there was no doubt in her mind that this was the program she wanted to aim for.
She says her interest in this field was strong because medical sonography had played a part in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer in a close relative.She applied to the SHP program and in 2015, Cecelia was a member of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program’s first graduating class.
Cecelia says “From the start, the Medical Sonography program enabled me to build a solid foundation so that I was well-prepared for my clinical experiences.”
Beginning students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program have many hours of supervised experience in a number of settings to prepare them to participate in clinical rotations at several general and specialty hospitals in the Texas Medical Center. As a result, the program’s graduates develop competency in a wide range of skills. The program faculty encourages senior-level students to explore career opportunities.
In fact, the Veterans Administration Hospital, where she is currently employed as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, contacted Cecelia while she was in her senior year, inviting her to consider a career in their institution. She accepted, and is currently expanding her knowledge by studying to become a Registered Vascular Technologist.
When asked what she would like prospective applicants to know about the program, Cecelia says, “The faculty helped and encouraged me all the way, and the depth of experience in the program prepares you very well for a career in the field.”