Art King

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1. What is your Name, current position, Title, and work place?  
Art King, BA, RDCS, FASE, Supervisor, Echocardiography Laboratory, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA.
2. What was your background before you entered the program?  
For thirty years I worked in the business world in Sales & Marketing. I had a double heart valve replacement in 1988 due to having had undiagnosed rheumatic fever as a child. Cardiology had become my hobby due to my personal situation, and, in middle-age, I decided to quit work for an entire year to attend Hoffman Heart. Now I get paid to enjoy my hobby!!!
3. How did the program prepare you to work in the field of cardiac ultrasound?  
I was given very detailed training SOLELY in cardiac ultrasound and did not need to spend time learning any other type of ultrasound or any other branches of Anatomy and Physiology. My education was HIGHLY focused and specialized, which made me well prepared to enter the job market. Also, I learned to network with others in our industry, which has been invaluable to me over the years.