For Buddy, retirement was merely a transition to the next phase of his professional life. After a long career with the Department of Defense, he wanted his next move to take advantage of some of his technical abilities as an electrical engineer, and provide an opportunity to make a difference for others.
“Approaching retirement from my Federal career, I thought long and hard about what I’d like to do afterwards,” he said. “Something involving medical technology and health care emerged as an appealing option to me.”
Buddy chose HCC’s diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program as the gateway to his new career.
“DMS has a mix of being technical, which appealed to me with my background, and has the element of patient care, which I enjoy – the feeling that I could be making a difference for patients.”
Having previously taken classes at HCC, the college was an obvious choice – and even more appealing because of the resources and facilities for health sciences students, including a dedicated Health Sciences Building which houses highly advanced simulation tools and technology for nursing and allied health students. “And, on a more personal note, Buddy credits HCC’s disability support services with helping him succeed despite the unique challenge of profound deafness. “They were able and eager to provide help as needed with my courses. I was able to get an electronic stethoscope and related peripherals for my sonography program and received many hours of guidance.”
While Buddy felt comfortable with the technical aspects of the DMS program, he said HCC professors were crucial in helping him handle a new skill: patient care. “I think one important thing the DMS program taught me besides scanning skills was the patient care aspect of sonography. I learned to do things that were really initially outside of my comfort zone and now I feel comfortable with them.”
It was a big change, but worth it. Buddy is now working at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, lending both his expertise and his kindness to his patients.
“I believe I undertook a rather large transition into a new life and my time at HCC has been quite instrumental in helping me make that transition.”