SDMS Sound News
August 27, 2001
|This issue of SDMS Sound News is sponsored by the SDMS Educational Foundation.|
Due to the overwhelming response, we have had to stop accepting registrations for the SDMS Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Registrations submitted (faxed or postmarked) by the early bird deadline (August 23) will continue to be processed.
No late or on-site registrations can be accepted (although guest passes to the Exhibit Hall will still be available at the conference registration desk). We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but record registration numbers have forced us to take this step to ensure a quality experience for all participants. The SDMS Annual Conference has become the Sonography "meeting of choice".
With the record attendance, the Riviera Hotel & Casino is sold out! If you haven't made hotel reservations, rooms may still be available at nearby hotels including:Within walking distance to the Riviera:
If you weren't able to attend this year's conference, remember to "Keep Georgia on Your Mind!" Mark your calendar now for next year (and plan to register early!):
Each year the Foundation awards scholarships to students attending CAAHEP accredited programs. These scholarships are funded through your donations to the Foundation and from the sale of the Foundation's products. The following is a list of 2001 scholarship recipients:
|Donna Allen||Del Mar College|
|Paula Husky||Bellevue Community College|
|Amie Majerus||Spokane Community College|
|Sara Mumpower||Chattanooga State Technical College|
|Maribel Munoz||Miami-Dade Community College|
|Katherine Stimets-Vidal||Austin Community College|
|Deanna Williams||Austin Community College|
|Trina Calver||Hudson Valley Community College|
|Khady Fall||New York University|
|Angela Woodall||Univ. of Oklahoma Health Science Center|
|Brandy Sundberg||Univ. of Nebraska Medical Center|
|Khareem Burkli||Miami-Dade Community College|
|Halima Quintana||Miami-Dade Community College|
Two special scholarships have been endowed through the Foundation and scholarship recipients chosen each July:
The SDMS Presidential Scholarship, established as the Foundation's most prestigious scholarship, is awarded annually to a student who displays a clearly defined high level of excellence in academics, as well as the drive that epitomizes the ultrasound professional. The 2001 recipient of the SDMS Presidential Scholarship is Phyll Hurley from the University of Colorado Hospital program.
The Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Trudy Dubinsky whose life was taken in a tragic accident, but whose love and dedication to ultrasound was apparent. This scholarship is awarded each July to a student who exhibits the dedication, professionalism, and love of ultrasound that personified Trudy Dubinsky. The 2001 recipient of the SDMS Trudy Dubinsky Memorial Scholarship is Larenda Bailey from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of these scholarships and in wishing them all the best in their careers in sonography!
The new Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, has called for public hearings and comment related to the issue of ergonomics and worksite injuries following the Bush Administration's rollback of OSHA ergonominc rules passed in the last days of the Clinton administration. SDMS had requested a public hearing slot to present its evidence and comments, but this request was denied. Alternatively, the SDMS filed a lengthy set of comments with the Secretary of Labor which are now part of the ergonomics issue "official record". A brief summary of the key points in the SDMS' ergonomics comment filing include:
The full text of the SDMS ergonomics comments are available at:http://www.sdms.org/pdf/ergocomments080301.pdf
SDMS is pleased to announce a new benefit for our members!
Amica Mutual Insurance Company has been selected as our affinity partner for personal lines insurance. Amica is regarded as the best insurance company in the country for auto and home insurance because of its superior customer service and competitive rates. Amica consistently receives top ratings from consumer groups and industry analysts. Amica is a national company with offices throughout the country.
Watch your mail for more information about Amica coming this fall. Amica will also have a booth at our Annual Conference in Las Vegas. If you can't wait for the mailing, feel free to call Amica directly at 800-242-6422 to sample their service and pricing. Don't forget to tell them you are a member of SDMS!
If you haven't ordered your Sonography Awareness Month items, order today to ensure they arrive before Sonography Awareness Month begins (October 1). This year, we have a number of new items to help expand your celebrations and promote your profession including:
For more information, visit:http://www.sdms.org/products/2001sonomonth.asp
In August, the FDA approved a ultrasound contrast agent called DefinityTM (Vial for Perflutren Lipid Microsphere Injectable Suspension). Approved for use in echocardiography studies, Definity is the first and only ultrasound contrast agent in the U.S. that is non-blood derived, eliminating the risks and concerns associated with the use of blood-based products.
By improving the visualization of the primary pumping chamber of the heart, ultrasound with contrast agents may better distinguish between normal and abnormal heart structure and motion. In clinical trials, contrast agents have been proven to provide more accurate assessments of segmental wall motion versus unenhanced images and make statistically significant improvements in endocardial border delineation. With the use of a contrast agent, doctors hope to provide earlier and more definitive diagnoses for millions of difficult-to-image patients at risk for heart disease.
DefinityTM is a trademark of the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company.http://www.dupontpharma.com/newsroom/rls010801.htm
For more information on the use of contrast agents in ultrasound, SDMS has an educational product, Ultrasound Contrast Media and IV Insertion Techniques which is available in video and CD-ROM formats and features CME credits. For more information, visit:http://www.sdms.org/products/contrast.asp
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|Sept 1||Deadline for SDMS Annual Conference 2002 Course and Faculty Proposals
|Oct 1-31||Sonography Awareness Month
|Oct 11-14||SDMS 18th Annual Conference
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|Oct 1-31||Sonography Awareness Month
|Oct 3 - 6||SDMS 19th Annual Conference