Sarah Berlin wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do when she graduated from high school. After spending some time at Roberts Wesleyan College, she took a year off to travel and think.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do,” she says. “But I had a friend who was in the Radiologic Technology program at Trocaire, who loved what she was doing. She had a lot of great things to say, so I decided to give it a try.”
Sara took a leap of faith and enrolled at Trocaire. As a Rochester resident, she had about an hour-long commute every day.
“I’m really glad I chose the Radiologic Technology program at Trocaire,” she says. “My favorite part was the clinical experience. I was able to receive great one-on-one attention and I was exposed to a variety of patient situations.”
In 2009, Sara graduated from Trocaire with an associate degree in Radiologic Technology.
Finding a niche in a small community hospital
After completing her degree, Sara decided to stay close to home and earn her certificate in diagnostic medical sonography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Once she completed the program, she took the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam, and became certified in abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology specialties.
She then began working as an ultrasonographer at Medina Memorial Hospital, her current position.
“I love that I get to work at a small community hospital,” Sara says. “I get to do a variety of different exams all day long. I’m not stuck doing the same thing every day, which means I get to expand on my experiences.”
Sara accredits her happy career to her hands-on education.
“My background from Trocaire’s radiologic technology program gave me a great foundation,” Sara says. “I had a great understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body. I am so glad I had that education, before earning my certificate in ultrasonography.”
A life dedicated to the best patient care
“Ultrasound is very user-dependent,” Sarah explains. “The accuracy of the results depends on the abilities of the ultrasonographer.”
Sara plans to become a registered vascular sonography technologist. Her work, in completing standard non-invasive vascular exams, would provide necessary information to the vascular specialist for diagnoses of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system.
“Long-term, I really want to stay in my position at Medina Memorial Hospital,” she says. “I’m driven to give my patients the best ultrasound they can get.”
Sara is married and enjoys spending time with her family, her dog and her church.
“My experiences at Trocaire were very eye-opening,” she says. “I learned a lot that has stayed with me into my professional career.”