Mrs Margo Gill – DMU Testimonial
Thinking of a career in sonography? What a great idea!
If you are thinking about a career as a sonographer you would be joining many people, including me, who have had a very interesting, varied, flexible and rewarding career that allows you to work with a wide range of people and fantastic technology. I started my involvement with ultrasound from being a Medical Imaging Technologist (Radiographer) first, then progressing to learn ultrasound in the quite early days of ultrasound applications, then gaining my ultrasound qualification (DMU awarded by ASUM) and after a time specialising in ultrasound. My interest in ultrasound then led me to a position as an academic in the early days of sonographer education being undertaken in universities as postgraduate studies.
My time as an academic sonographer for 13 years at QUT in Brisbane, and then a shorter period at the University of Sydney, has been the major highlight of my career as I was involved with the teaching and development of so many wonderful people who had chosen to become sonographers, many of whom have since gone on to be great teachers and leaders in the profession. I also had the opportunity to work with many others who were dedicated to teaching, research and being actively involved in the positive development of sonography as a profession. I was very fortunate to be able to undertake research and go on to a Master of Applied Science by research degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) both of which allowed me to develop fantastic skills which I’ve been able to apply in many areas of my career.
Alongside my work in the university sector, I was also fortunate to be actively engaged with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and much of the great work that ASUM does in education, encouraging research, setting and maintaining professional standards and providing alternative pathways for achieving recognised qualifications via the DMU, DDU and CCPU processes.
Although I am no longer engaged in clinical sonography I remain actively in touch with the profession through on-going involvement with ASUM, the universities and mentoring of colleagues and younger sonographers. To me the greatest thing about a career in sonography is its flexibility, which allows you to tailor your career to your interests and lifestyle circumstances. You can be as actively involved with the development of your own career and the profession as you wish through so many and varied opportunities.