Misericordia University senior Rebecca Flick of Allentown earned national honors as a recipient of a 2019 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Foundation Sonography Student Scholarship.
Flick was selected from among candidates across the country based on an essay she wrote detailing her interest in the field of sonography, her career goals and her most meaningful achievements related to the career field. To be considered, candidates need to be a SDMS member and be enrolled in a diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs. The SDMS awards two student scholarships annually.
Flick will graduate May 11 with her bachelor's degree in diagnostic medical sonography from Misericordia University. She is employed full time as a perinatology sonographer at the Lehigh Valley Maternal Fetal Medicine Center in Allentown.
She recently presented her research, "Quality Matters in the Detection of Congenital Cardiac Defects," at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Society of Ultrasound meeting at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. She is advised by Sheryl E. Goss, M.S., R.T.(R)(S), R.D.M.S., R.D.C.S., R.V.S., R.V.T., F.S.D.M.S., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Misericordia University.
In her essay, Flick compared the job of sonographer to that of an artist. "Sonographers need to be confident, flexible and adaptive. The transducer is our paintbrush and the patient is our canvas. It is our job as a sonographer to create high-quality diagnostic images while ensuring our patients have positive experiences," she wrote. She added that her love of health care began at a young age, when she started volunteering at a hospital in eighth grade.
As a Misericordia sophomore, Flick was selected to serve as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Council for the College of Health Sciences and Education. She also was awarded the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department's WAVE Award. WAVE stands for Willingness to go above and beyond, Altruism and selflessness, Volunteerism for the community, and Excellence in clinical care.
In service to the community, Flick was a member of the Misericordia University Campus Ministry and served as a team leader for students volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre. As a team leader, she recruited volunteers, organized monthly activities, and handled public relations for the Soup Kitchen ministry.
Misericordia University has the region's only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. The program provides greater career mobility compared to associate- or certificate-credentialed professionals; the advantages of a liberal arts degree, and an academic program geared toward traditional students.
Sonographers perform a diagnostic medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce dynamic visual images of human organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work in various medical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology or ophthalmology.For more information about the diagnostic medical sonography program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/dms.