Dynamic Dr. Carol Mitchell Becomes SDMS Fellow

Carol Mitchell
Carol Mitchell

Assistant Professor Carol Mitchell, Ph.D., RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT(R), FASE, FSDMS, joined the CHS Department of Health Sciences, BioMedical Sciences in 2010. Her credentials before she came were impressive, and in her short time here she has accomplished much.

A bit about her background. Mitchell began her ultrasound career at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in 1987, where she taught. She then moved to Kansas City, Mo. and held positions Saint Luke's Hospital and Avila College Saint Luke's Shawnee Mission School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  

In 1999 she relocated to Madison and became the program director for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and radiology education manager and research assistant and auditor for the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program.  

She received her master's degree in Education in 1996 and her doctorate degree in 2002, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  

Here at the College, Mitchell works with graduate students in diagnostic imaging and also with the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, as well as with undergraduate students pursuing a degree in diagnostic imaging.  
Of note are the many professional credentials after her name. RDMS means registered diagnostic medical sonographer; RDCS, registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer; RVT registered vascular technologist; RT(R) registered radiologic technologist; FASE, Fellow in the American Society of Echocardiograph; and FSDMS, Fellow in the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  

Mitchell is very active in her profession, serving on numerous national committees, including National Education Curriculum (NEC), ASE Commissioner to the Commission for Accreditation in Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Chair of the Joint Review Committee for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and Chair of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Advanced Practice Task Force 2007-2010.

In 2006 Mitchell was awarded the “Distinguished Educator Award” from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and in 2010 she received the “Distinguished Cardiovascular Sonographer Educator Award” from the American Society of Echocardiography.  

This year she received a Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion (COBE) Grant Award for 2011-12 from the University of Wisconsin System (UWS). The funding will support her proposed project, "Degree Completion Program for Diagnostic Imaging Professionals." She plans to develop an additional submajor to the Biomedical Sciences baccalaureate degree. The new program of study will be available as an on-line degree completion program.

Her collaborations in the community have borne fruit. GE Health Care’s Joe Morton and Denise Lukasik-Sedmak will work with the College’s Radiography Program Affiliates to develop two new TIP (Training in Partnership) educational programs. Faculty from affiliate clinical sites and our students will develop the content for these programs. One will be on Trauma Imaging, the other on Gastrointestinal Imaging.

Last May, Mitchell coordinated the first “UWM Affiliate Day” at GE Healthcare. Approximately 70 program faculty and students attended. GE provided a professional career panel and then took students to hands-on learning stations where they were able to learn about MRI, construct 3D cardiac CT Images, perform and construct images from 3D ultrasound data sets and have hands-on learning with reviewing and post-processing images at the PACS stations.

Her career is capped with one very special honor. She just received Fellow status with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS.) Only two members of the SDMS are awarded fellow status each year. The SDMS Fellow membership category recognizes individual members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of sonography and to the SDMS.

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