Student Success Spotlight on Svetlana Butakova
Student Success Spotlight!
Name: Svetlana Butakova
Program: Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound
What got you interested in ultrasound? Was there
a moment when something “clicked” and you knew you wanted to be a
used to be a physician in my home country, and there diagnostic imaging is a
specially trained doctor’s job. I was always interested in it. Diagnostic ultrasound
is safe and widely used.
What have you accomplished in ultrasound while studying
Ultrasound at WCUI?
a general ultrasounds student and currently enjoy performing/observing range of
studies at my externship site, where my skills are constantly improving. Every
day I learn something new and I feel that I grow as a sonographer.
What obstacles did you have to overcome to get to where
you are today in a position of success?
of vascular studies did not come easily; I needed a lot of practice and
dedication to get better at them.
Who are the role models in your life and how have they
inspired you and helped you become successful?
mother is my role model. She always encourages me and supports me in my career
Tell me about some of memorable patients that you have
remember one patient that came for his abdominal ultrasound study; he used to
be a drug addict for 20 years and was able to find strength to quit and start a
What advice would you give a student who is just
starting out in ultrasound school?
all your energy into your studies, there is so much to learn. Use open lab
hours to improve your scanning skills, since this is a hands-on profession. Attend
workshops; you will learn protocols that are applied a lot in everyday life of
a sonographer. Use all resources that this school offers. Do not hesitate to
ask for help if you need it; the instructors are very knowledgeable, supportive,
and always willing to help.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
like to spend time with my son, and do some outdoor activities, like going to
the beach, and going for a hike or a bike ride…
What is one of your favorite memories from your time
here at WCUI?
luck meals; we got to try some good food after the tests were over …
How would your past instructors or coworkers describe
think they would say I’m studious, determined, and willing to help fellow students.
What makes you unique?
is the third country I have lived in (after Lithuania and Russia). I’m finally
What is one of the hardest things about your job?
is physically demanding occupation. Learn early about taking care about your body,
and use the right ergonomics.
What goals do you have for yourself in
the field of ultrasound?
in the beginning of my career - the curve of learning
never stops. I plan to learn echocardiography as well. The field of sonography is
fascinating and challenging.