Winter 2021 Virtual Open House: Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound Program

WCUI is now enrolling for our Pediatric Echocardiography program at our Los Angeles and Ontario, California campuses; classes will begin Winter 2021 (January 2nd)! Interested in learning more about our program? Meet virtually with WCUI’s own Assistant PEDECHO Program Director, Karen Ambrowitz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS (AE, PE, FE), and our admissions team from both campuses to learn about this great opportunity to further your education as echocardiologists.

WCUI Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Virtual Open House – Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm PST

Register today to meet with us on Zoom and learn more about this great opportunity: https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfuuqrjouG9XrWysYSM70f2ByDk53SX8z

About the WCUI PedECHO Diploma Program:

  • 9-month advanced Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Program for graduates from an Adult Cardiovascular sonography program
  • Classes are taught by experienced and practicing pediatric echocardiologists
  • Hybrid Learning – Online lecture courses & hands-on lab courses on campus
  • Weekend Classes!
  • Train with real pediatric patients
  • 1-month externship at a hospital/clinic site
  • 90% Average Employment Rate*!

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Pediatric Echocardiography registry exam (ARDMS) and have the skills to perform ultrasound on newborns and children. We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Employment rate is based off the cohort of students starting between 3/2017 and 2/2018 at our Los Angeles and Ontario campus. Individual campus rates can be found in our full 2019 ACCSC Annual Report: wcui.edu/consumer-information/

Meet Karen Ambrowitz – PedECHO Assistant Program Director

Headshot of Karen Ambrowitz. She has blonde curly hair that lands right at her shoulders and is wearing a white lab coat. She is looking at the camera and smiling

Karen Ambrowitz is the Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Program at WCUI and has worked at WCUI since 2007. She has also been the technical director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Lab at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA Medical Center since 2005. Karen received her RDCS credential in adult and pediatric echocardiography in 1997 and her fetal echocardiography credential in 2010. Karen has practiced in the pediatric and fetal echocardiography field since 1997 working at prestigious medical institutions in New York City, Denver, and Los Angeles. In addition, she has an extensive background in teaching and curriculum writing, having taught at the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor’s Degree program at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Karen also co-wrote the pediatric echocardiography curriculum for the pediatric cardiac ultrasound program at WCUI.

Karen has a true enthusiasm for teaching in the classroom (an now online!) and in a laboratory setting. She is thrilled to be leading another class of future pediatric echocardiologists. In addition to her experiences in leading education, Karen has participated in medical missions to Peru, Native American Indian reservations, and high school health fairs, screening children for life-threatening cardiac disorders.

FURTHER EDUCATION HISTORY: Karen received her MPH from Columbia University/Argosy University and her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

 

Are you ready to take your Cardiovascular Sonography education further?

WCUI Ontario is currently enrolling for our 9-month Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease diploma program starting Fall 2020 (Oct 3rd)! Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Pediatric Echocardiography registry exam (ARDMS) and have the skills to perform ultrasound on newborns and children.

About the WCUI PEDECHO Diploma program:

  • 9-month advanced Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Program for graduates from an Adult Cardiovascular sonography program
  • Classes are taught by experienced and practicing pediatric echocardiologists
  • Weekend Classes!
  • Train with real pediatric patients
  • 1-month externship at a hospital/clinic site

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE! – Saturday, August 15th @ 11:00am

Interested in learning more about our program? Meet virtually with WCUI’s own Assistant PEDECHO Program Director, Karen Ambrowitz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS (AE, PE, FE) and previous PEDECHO grad, WCUI’s own Program Director of Cardiovascular Sonography, Gehan (Gigi) Youssef, MBBCh, RDCS, RCCS on Saturday, August, 15th at 11:00 am.

>> Register today to reserve your spot!

Sign up here: https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtfuygpzIjG9TycQf9xNZjuotKniP4n3AM

Or Connect with the Ontario Admissions team to learn more: Email: ot.admissions@wcui.edu or call (909) 483-3808

You will receive your Zoom invite to join the Virtual Open House after completing your registration.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

To learn more about the ultrasound programs WCUI offers, please visit our WCUI School of Medical Imaging website

In November 2019, the WCUI School of Medical Imaging and Nursing welcomed Jason Grabham, RDCS (PE, FE, AE), FASE as the Director of Externship at our Phoenix campus. Jason comes to WCUI with nearly 30 years of experience in the cardiovascular sonography field and a glowing list of accomplishments including, serving as Technical Director of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric & Congenital Heart Program, Clinical Reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, Manager of Integrated Non-Invasive Cardiology at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and well-known public speaker at formal lectures and national conference presentations.

“With his years of experience working with and knowledge of the medical imaging providers in Arizona, Jason will be able to connect WCUI students to facilities that best fit each student’s background and area of interest, while providing the highest level of service to the hospitals who affiliate with WCUI.” – Chief Operating Officer, Andrew High

Meet Jason Grabham, RDCS (PE, FE, AE), FASE

Jason Grabham has nearly 30 years of expertise in the field of cardiac sonography including experience as a clinical reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, national publications, formal lectures, and national conference presentations. He has spent the last year working on joining the Joint Pediatric Heart Care Program with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, managing outreach operations, and serving as Technical Director of their Pediatric & Congenital Heart Program.   

WCUI is a proud partner of Jason’s former employer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix. According to Pediatric Cardiologist Ericka McLaughlin, DO, “Jason is a highly motivated, mission-driven individual who exhibits exceptional leadership skills such as integrity, commitment, passion, and decisiveness. He is a confident, enthusiastic leader with excellent communication and analytical skills. Jason has the ability to break down complex problems and barriers while effectively engaging others in order to facilitate innovative ideas and solutions.”

The Future of the WCUI Externship Department

As the WCUI Phoenix Externship Director, Jason will ensure students are assigned to six months of clinical work in the medical imaging field, after completing their required classroom and laboratory hours. Externship is an essential requirement of the medical imaging programs at WCUI, to provide students real-life experience in hospitals or clinics and test their knowledge and skills before graduation. Completion of externship hours along with classroom and lab hours in our bachelor’s and associates degree programs will provide our students eligibility for their registry exams after graduation.

For details about Jason Grabham’s experience and his new role as WCUI Phoenix Director of Externship see the official WCUI press release here: Press Release Jason Grabham Externship Director