Jenni was born in Melbourne into to a family of doctors where medicine was an everyday discussion in the household. Her father, Dr Nigel Rosen was a GP, while her uncle and grandfather were both Ophthalmologists. While she was still an infant, Jenni’s father took a brave step and moved the family to Echuca, country Victoria where she spent several years. At that time Echuca had a population of only 3000 people, and the local hospital was manned by GP’s.
Jenni’s most vivid memory from Echuca was of Dr Rosen’s answering machine. “Every night the surgery’s phone would redirect to our home, and I would hear the phone ring at all hours. The message on the machine would direct the caller to go straight to The Base Hospital in the event of an emergency. I would then quietly count the minutes until I would hear my father’s pager summon him to the hospital, followed by his footsteps as he left”.
Each morning Jenni would look forward to breakfast because she would find out what the cases had been during the night. She loved to hear her father talk about cases that went well and had positive patient outcomes. Sadly, from time to time the news would be far from happy. Jenni’s father is described by many as being exceptionally kind and caring, and she recalls how upset he would be if a patient died or had a less than optimal recovery.
Jenni’s love of medicine never left her, but after a year 12 rotation to Germany she found a love of languages and history which led to an initial career in teaching (Primary and Secondary). However, by her mid 20’s Jenni started to think about a career in medicine again. Around this time a good friend suggested she train as a sonographer and so she enrolled at RMIT. Jenni’s placement for practical training was with Dr Simon Meagher who she describes as inspirational. To this day, Jenni attributes her high standards and need for precision in scanning to Dr Meagher who is renown not only for his rapport with patients but his ability to see even the smallest detail on an Ultrasound scan.
After moving to Sydney with her husband Kim’s work, Jenni joined the Sydney Ultrasound for Women and also became a Research Associate at the University of NSW, Faculty of Medicine. Here she researched a number of areas of interest including doppler.
While at the UNSW Jenni’s two-year-old son was rushed into the emergency department, vomiting bile. Here an emergency department registrar used ultrasound to diagnose intussusception which became a light bulb moment for Jenni. “I suddenly saw that the use of ultrasound was almost endless and that it had so much potential in point of care medicine. I wanted to spread the word, but more than that, I wanted to utilise my experience in teaching with my clinical ultrasound skills to be the best educator I could possibly be.”
Not long after, Jenni was introduced to Sue and Tony Davies, the founders of the AIU by mutual friends Rob and Margo Gill. Sue accredited Jenni as a trainer, and she would regularly fly to the Gold Coast as a clinical specialist for the AIU. By 2013, Jenni and Kim had moved to the Gold Coast so that Jenni could take on a full-time position at the AIU. Jenni’s role as a full time tutor ultimately led to Jenni and Kim buying the business to allow Sue and Tony to retire in 2014.
So what is Jenni’s vision for the future?
“The Australian Institute of Ultrasound will continue to be one of the leading ultrasound training schools. To maintain our excellent standards, we employ highly experienced tutors and clinical specialists which ensures that our students benefit from in-depth teaching. My vision is that every point of care clinician has the skills to use ultrasound in their workplaces, but that doesn’t mean there is any less of a role for sonographers too.
At the Australian Institute of Ultrasound, our courses cater for clinicians of all specialities and sonographers of all levels from physiotherapists and paramedics to nurses, doctors and surgeons. Our systematic approach to hands-on training and the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, contributes to making sure the student has the very best learning experience here at the AIU.