Medical Instrument Technologist-Ultrasound, GS-0649-10

Vacancy ID: 852520   Announcement Number: HHS-IHS-DE/MP-13-852520   USAJOBS Control Number: 338996900

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

This section will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum requirements for this position.

Specialized Experience Requirements

1. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level or higher in the Federal Service) providing scheduling and inventory support for an ultrasound unit; developing procedures for ultrasound services; providing initial interpretation of ultrasound test results; and performing sonographic imaging that included abdominal and small parts scans; breast, obstetric, and gynecological exams; echocardiograms; and vascular ultrasounds?

A. Yes (Your résumé must support this response.)
B. No

Selective Placement Factor

2. Are you certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in at least one of the following modalities: Abdomen and Small Parts, Breast, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Echocardiography, or Vascular Technology?

A. Yes (You must include a copy of your certificate or other supporting documentation with your application.)
B. No

Knowledge of ultrasound principles, practices, and techniques

In this section, select a response from the choices below (A-E) that best describes your highest level of training and/or experience in performing each task. Your résumé and other supporting documentation will be reviewed to verify your responses. Inflating your experience is grounds for not hiring you or dismissing you after appointment.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored by a supervisor or senior coworker to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without assistance from a supervisor or senior coworker.
E- I have instructed or managed other workers in the performance of this task due to my expertise in this area.

3. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to provide preliminary interpretation of ultrasound exams.

4. Position patients to produce clear images of their tissues using knowledge of ultrasound physics.

5. Use sterile and aseptic techniques to set up trays and instruments prior to ultrasound exams.

6. Distinguish abnormal from normal findings to determine whether further ultrasound tests are required.

7. Use knowledge of embryology to analyze ultrasound tests during prenatal exams.

8. Provide ultrasound support for postpartum care.

Skill in solving problems related to ultrasound work

9. Identify and initiate corrective action to malfunctions in ultrasound equipment.

10. Recognize the need for and provide CPR to patients.

11. Observe and report physical and emotional changes in uncooperative ultrasound patients.

12. Detect and minimize ultrasound artifacts.

13. Use knowledge of radiation physics to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation.

Ability to support the operations of an ultrasound unit

14. Select and process digital images for transmission to external offices.

15. Schedule patients for ultrasound procedures to facilitate the efficiency of the unit.

16. Maintain unit inventory, identifying supply needs.

17. Assemble and update a collection of ultrasound references (e.g., textbooks, current publications, professional journal articles, learning aids, and internal procedural guidance) to keep radiology staff apprised of new developments.

18. Arrange for ultrasound equipment maintenance.

Skill in oral communication

19. Explain fluoroscopy exam procedures to patients.

20. Counsel patients receiving care, assuring them of their privacy and safety.

21. Interview clinicians to obtain information that will assist in maximizing the effectiveness of a planned procedure.

22. Discuss preliminary findings with clinicians.

23. Speak with ultrasound equipment vendors and/or representatives to keep apprised of new advances.

Skill in written communication

24. Develop written procedures for ultrasound functions.

25. Conduct and document quality assurance evaluations of ultrasound services.

26. Summarize and collate ultrasound exam results for clinicians making diagnoses.

27. Prepare radiology employee workload reports.

28. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Deliberate attempts to falsify information or to exaggerate your experience level will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.
 By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you:
- Understand this warning;
- Have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and
- Have verified that your responses accurately reflect your current level of experience as described in your resume or other supporting documents.  

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire, my application may be rated lower and/or removed from further consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.