LEARNING FROM ‘FAILURE’ … ?
Whether you are trying to earn your first ultrasound credential, or adding a specialization, we can all agree that there isn’t much fun in sitting for the examination. The nature of the exam lends itself to anxiety, because it is ‘PASS/FAIL’. There are no Gold, Silver or Bronze medals … nor is there even a Participation Trophy. It is a binary result (Win-Lose), and 2nd Place is equivalent to a loss.
Modern cultural emphasis on raising/maintaining self-esteem has rendered the word ‘failure’ unfashionable, like “He Who Must Not Be Named” from the Harry Potter novels. While we can cosmetically ban the word from our discussion, its threat is emotionally real. So, what’s a career-minded, aspiring ultrasound/sonographic professional left to do?
IF YOU WISH TO AVOID FAILURE, LEARN FROM THE ‘FAILURE’ OF OTHERS
For many years, Pegasus has labored compiling data from individuals and institutions to better prepare exam candidates for ultrasound credentialing and board exams. Last fall, we again presented studies to the 2018 SDMS Annual Conference under the lecture title “ExamSim Data: A statistical look at what students do and don’t know!”
The key ‘take-aways’ from this analysis are in identifying the question content that test-takers trip up on most frequently, with the subsequent goal of fortifying their most likely weaknesses. Interestingly enough, we build similar utilities into our ExamSim programs and our College Program Instructor Tool, both of which analyze content weakness, providing each student with an individualized plan to fine tune their exam preparation.
We invite those intrigued with this subject matter to register for Pegasus Lectures February ‘Office Hours’, scheduled for NEXT WEEK, the 26th, 6 pm-7 pm CST. We will step through the results and offer instructors and students real-world guidance on strategies to improve testing success. This presentation is also approved for 1 SDMS CME credit hour. Advance Registration is required, but there is NO COST or obligation in attendance.
Pegasus Lectures has preached the word ‘Preparedness’ for over 25 years. Our earliest marketing materials carry “Prepare with Pegasus, and Pass” as a catchphrase. Especially in the last decade, Pegasus has invested in the development of industry-leading Exam Sims and eCourses, steering away from outdated live-seminars in which you are forced to learn at the pace of the class. With online learning, you dictate the pace and proceed only when you have mastered the concepts. While Pegasus Lectures strives to provide programs that result in professional excellence and improved patient care, we never lose sight of the results-oriented goal: Getting you into the Winner’s Circle.
“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results. I can never find the thing that does the job best until I find the ones that don’t.” ― Thomas A. Edison
–Frank Miele, MSEE , President of Pegasus Lectures, Inc. Frank graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a triple major in physics, mathematics, and engineering. While at Dartmouth, he was a Proctor Scholar and received citations for academic excellence in comparative literature, atomic physics and quantum mechanics, and real analysis. Frank was a research and design engineer and project leader, designing ultrasound equipment and electronics for more than ten years at Hewlett Packard Company. As a designer of ultrasound, he has lectured across the country to sonographers, physicians, engineers and students on myriad topics.