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ARDMS Testing During COVID-19 *UPDATED*

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UPDATE: When the pandemic hit a few months back, testing centers around the country closed down. However, the medical crisis has made it necessary to re-evaluate what is considered essential when it comes to testing. Ultrasound and some of the specialties are now considered to be in that category. The result is that many testing centers are now open and taking appointments for ARDMS testing. For that reason we providing this update to the ARDMS Testing During COVID-19 article. You can see the original text of the article after the update.

Spaces are limited and not all sites are open at the time of this update. Therefore, it is a good idea to check within your region to see what options are available to you. In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1.  Seats are limited, so book your appointment well in advance. There are sometimes cancellations if you are hoping to take your test sooner. To find out about cancellations, you will have to contact the testing center.
  2. Social distancing and safety measures are enforced. Specific requirements may vary from site to site. Check with your testing site, and prepare accordingly. 
  3. For more information, ARDMS has updates posted to their site, along with other resources technicians may find useful during this time.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and efforts on the front lines during this pandemic!

(Original article content follows)

For many, the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed our routines and schedules. If you are planning to take your SPI or specialties exam in the near future, you may wonder if there is ARDMS testing during COVID-19. How can you adjust your study habits to fit your new schedule?

What Is Going on with ARDMS Testing During COVID-19?

Let’s start by saying that if you are scheduled to take an ARDMS exam in April, you may have already received notice that your test date has been canceled or changed. Testing in most regions is on hold until the beginning of May, or until further notice. To see the effects on your region, or to see if there are changes for your testing date, contact ARDMS or check their website.

Students with Increased Work During COVID-19

For many medical personnel, the COVID-19 crisis has meant a drastic change in the amount of time you work. For those of you working more or longer hours to help meet the demands of COVID-19, thank you for your hard work and sacrifice!

This increased workload can impact your studies and affect the timeframe of your goals and testing dates. How can you adjust and still reach reasonable goals? Be consistent. Determine a feasible to study each day. Some days you may only be able to review one or two vocabulary terms. That’s fine! A couple of minutes of study each day is better than a long cram session once in a while.

Have a plan. Each day make a list of what you want to accomplish. Noting these goals on your calendar is an excellent way to stick to your new or changing study schedule. Finally, take time to rest your mind and body. Stress will not help you retain the information you are studying. So before a study session, try to decompress – take a walk, listen to some music, and find a quiet spot where you can focus.

Students with Less or No Work During COVID-19

The opposite scenario is becoming increasingly common – those who are not working as much, or at all. Financial hardship can put a strain on studying and prolong goals. Work with what you have. If you can continue to study and tutor, go for it! If you need a revised tutoring schedule, let our tutors know. We will work with you to find a program that meets your current needs.

If you need to pause your tutoring sessions, keep studying the material you have covered. Retake exams, re-watch video recordings, and make sure you do a little each day. This will not only keep you busy while at home, but it will help you stay on track so you can reach your goal of taking and passing your registry exams. You may not get to complete your ARDMS testing during COVID-19, but you want to be ready for your exams as soon as this situation is over.

SPI Exam Preparation

Ultrasound Artifacts for SPI Exam Preparation

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SPI exam preparation can be an overwhelming task, even for those still in school. Breaking down what you need to know topic by topic can help make it more manageable. Let’s take a look at how this could be done with the topic of ultrasound artifacts.

To begin, there are lots of artifacts, even more than what is usually covered on the exam. So to focus on what you should know for the SPI exam, it’s a good idea to check with the ARDMS website. This offers a general overview by means of an outline of what you will need to know to complete the exam successfully.

SPI Exam Preparation Tips Regarding Ultrasound Artifacts

For each artifact you intend to study, keep in mind three key points:

  1. You want to be able to identify the artifact if they show you a picture during the exam. Being able to identify the correct artifact if it is described in a question is equally valuable.
  2. Know what the cause of the artifact is. This usually involves reviewing and understanding some basic sound principles.
  3. Some ultrasound artifacts require that the tech fix the problem. Knowing which artifacts can be fixed and how to fix them is the final point to remember.

Another piece of information to keep in mind when studying artifacts is that some artifacts are helpful. They help the radiologist to make a diagnosis. In these cases, the artifact should not be removed. Committing these points to memory for each artifact will help with SPI exam preparation, but understanding how it all works will make it easier to answer questions.

We hope these tips help with your SPI exam prep. If you are looking for more help to prepare for your upcoming SPI exam, CCI exam, or a specialty, feel free to contact us. We will happily send you more information about our tutoring program and set you up with a tutor who will help you reach your ultrasound career goals.