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La Jolla Medical Center
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#112032 Adult Congenital Cardiac Sonographer, Principal

Filing Deadline: Wed 12/8/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/29/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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Incumbent must understand concepts of the physics of ultrasound, demonstrates advanced knowledge of full range of echocardiographic procedures, cardiac anatomy and physiology with a thorough understanding of complex adult congenital cardiac abnormalities and disease processes. Performs 3D echocardiography, strain imaging and applies advanced cardiac ultrasound imaging techniques as assigned or per protocol. Follows established imaging protocols and modify the examination accordingly to ensure complete accurate high quality cardiac echo information is obtained.

Perform diagnostic recordings, accurate measurements and calculations of echocardiography images and Doppler hemodynamic data (at rest and with stress), with or without ultrasound enhancement agents. Following policy guidelines, sonographers will identify patients requiring enhancement agents, place peripheral intravenous catheters and administer ultrasound enhancement agents. Sonographers may be required to perform other non-invasive cardiovascular tests including ECG, ambulatory ECG, ambulatory blood pressures and treadmill stress tests. Contributes to work organization and scheduling as a member of a self-directed work team.

Participates in the weekly ACHD conference, as well as, training of cardiac sonographers, students, residents and fellows in echocardiography as assigned. Collaborates with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) team and physician leadership for adult patients, as well as Rady's Children's Hospital physicians for NICU performed studies. Participates in personnel selection, may be assigned to review studies, train and direct junior level sonographers in new techniques under direction of Lead Congenital Cardiac Sonographer or technical director. Able to work independently and prioritize tasks needing completion. Positive communication and listening skills are important. Floats to labs in other clinic locations as needed. May need to work various shifts including nights and weekends. Required to take call after hours and/or on weekends.


  • Associate Degree in Health Science.

  • If registry eligible, must obtain RDCS credential from ARDMS within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS).

  • BART or BLS at time of hire with commitment to get BART within six (6) months of hire date.

  • Recent hospital experience as a Cardiac Sonographer.

  • Proven knowledge and skill performing cardiac ultrasound scanning techniques.

  • Knowledge of ultrasound physical principles and instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and related positioning for accurate imaging with skills in recognizing structures that are visualized.

  • Ability to demonstrate anatomical relationships, normal and pathological in pediatric and adult patients.

  • Proven knowledge of complex congenital heart disease and related surgical repairs.Skill using ancillary equipment, including blood pressure and heart rate monitors, digital recording and review stations, knowledge of quality control related to image quality, processor and equipment.

  • Must understand concepts of the physics of ultrasound, demonstrates working knowledge of echocardiographic procedures, cardiac anatomy and physiology with a thorough understanding of cardiac abnormalities and disease processes.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sterile technique and infection control guidelines.

  • Ability to make team decisions on work, schedule design, peer selection, evaluation, coaching, and equipment and supply selection.


  • Graduate of an accredited school of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
  • Registered Cardiac Sonographer issued by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
  • Congenital heart disease experience preferred.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Capability to perform on-call including weekend when required.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!

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