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Sonographers Making Waves - Kim Bloom

by Katie Kuntz, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS


Sonographers Making Waves - Kim Bloom
Sonographers Making Waves
Kim Bloom, MS, RDMS

How long have you been a sonographer? Where do you work?
I have been a registered diagnostic medical sonographer for 31 years. I currently work in Bethlehem, PA at Northampton Community College where I am an Assistant Professor and the DMS Program Manager. 

How did you become interested in your career? 
As many others that enter the health care field, I wanted a career where I could make a difference in people’s lives. My favorite subjects in high school were science (especially anatomy and physiology) and art. When I discovered Sonography, I knew it was the perfect profession for me. 

How have you been “Making Waves?”
Over the years, I have been making waves by volunteering on numerous mission trips to help the homeless and underserved. A few years ago, I was very excited to find out that I could use my expertise in Sonography to serve God and help others. I found an organization called Global Health Outreach (GHO), which sends out 40-50 teams a year, to provide medical care in many impoverished countries throughout the world. I have been able to spend the last few summers performing sonograms for a GHO medical team in Nicaragua. Twice a year a GHO team sets up a large medical clinic on the outskirts of the city of Managua, Nicaragua. Patients walk many miles down long dirt roads to get medical care, which would not be available to them otherwise. At this clinic, many wonderful physicians and health care providers volunteer to provide patients with a wide range of medical care such as dental, physical therapy, lab work, pharmaceuticals, obstetrics and gynecology care, sonography, pediatrics, and much more. There are long lines for all areas of the clinic much of the day. It is truly amazing how God has it all come together.

The people who come to the clinic are thankful for not only helping them, but also helping their country. Many patients tell me, “Thank you for coming to help Nicaragua”. The weeks providing ultrasound services at the clinic are the hardest that I have ever worked in my life, but at the same time it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I am thankful and have been blessed to have the same Nicaraguan interpreter each time, Cari (in the picture with me), who has been such a huge help to me. As I return each summer, I look forward to seeing these warm and grateful people of Nicaragua.

What would you like to tell other SDMS members to inspire them to make a difference and enrich their careers? 
When I signed up for the mission trip to Nicaragua I was going to help others, but I did not realize what an impact it would have on my life. If you have the opportunity to make a volunteer mission, I urge you to try to make it work.  My life has been forever changed and enriched from volunteering in Nicaragua. I am excited and thankful that I will be returning to Managua in June of 2017 with GHO.

Do you know a sonographer who is doing something out of the ordinary? Whether it is a grand gesture or a small moment that makes a difference in someone’s life, the SDMS would like to hear about it so that we can share it with you. So, if YOU know someone who is making waves, tell us at social@sdms.org!