SDMS Sound News

Volume 9, Issue 1          January 31, 2007                ISSN 1543-0448

 
  In This Issue...
  1. OSHA Renews Alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  2. Reminder: Call for Nominations for SDMS 2007 Elections and Awards
  3. SDMS Staff Member Earns Certified Association Executive Credential
  4. SDMS Launches JDMS REWARDS Program for Journal Authors
  5. Awards and Competitions Applications Available
  6. Free Webcast: Are You Prepared for the Pandemic Flu?
  7. OSHA Documents on Avian Flu Now Available
  8. JCAHO changes name to The Joint Commission
  9. News & Notes
  10. Important Dates


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  1. OSHA Renews Alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Above: SDMS President Jean Lea Spitz, Assistant Secretary for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr., and SDMS Founder Joan Baker

Left: SDMS President Jean Lea Spitz and SDMS Founder Joan Baker

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its 2004 alliance with the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) to continue working to protect sonographers' health and safety, particularly by reducing or preventing work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

"We expect that the next two years of this alliance will be as successful as the first two," said Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Assistant Secretary for OSHA. "Sonographers and other healthcare employees are benefiting from this relationship and we look forward to our continued association with an organization that is so committed to ensuring that workplace safety is a priority."

For the complete press release, visit: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=13618

 
  2. Reminder: Call for Nominations for SDMS 2007 Elections and Awards

SDMS members may use our online nomination form to submit their nominations for various association elected positions and awards including:

Board of Directors

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • 3 open positions for "At-Large" Directors
Committee Positions
  • 2 open positions on the SDMS Finance Committee
  • 2 open positions on the SDMS Nominating Committee
Awards
  • SDMS Fellow*
  • Distinguished Educator Award*
  • Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award
* Additional form(s) must also be submitted

The deadline for all nominations is February 16, 2007. Please go to http://www.sdms.org/members/nominateform.asp for the online nomination form.

 
  3. SDMS Staff Member Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

The SDMS and the American Society of Association Executives are proud to announce that Dawn Sanchez, Executive Director of the SDMS Educational Foundation and Director of SDMS Membership Marketing & Services, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE™) credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Less than five percent of all association professionals have earned the CAE.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. Approximately 3,300 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential, which was first awarded in 1961.

 
  4. SDMS Launches JDMS REWARDS Program for Journal Authors

Have you considered writing an article for the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS)? Do you have a unique case study that you would like to share with your colleagues? How would you like to “puzzle the pros” with your Diagnostic Challenge? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the questions above, now is the time to do it! Sharing information with your colleagues supports the continued growth of the profession and the professional development of its practitioners. The SDMS-developed “JDMS Rewards” program works this way:

Publication Reward
JDMS publication of one original research article 100% SDMS membership dues discount
JDMS publication of two original case studies in a one-year period 100% SDMS membership dues discount
JDMS publication of one original case study 50% SDMS membership dues discount
JDMS publication of two original Diagnostic Challenges in a one-year period 25% SDMS membership dues discount

  • Only the manuscript’s primary author is eligible to receive JDMS Rewards benefit

  • The primary author may transfer the reward to another author on the manuscript

So pull out the manuscript, case study and/or 'Diagnostic Challenge' that you’ve been working on, blow the dust off and complete it. You may be Rewarded! For information regarding JDMS publication guidelines, please see the JDMS Author’s Manual at http://www.sdms.org/pdf/jdmsauthor.pdf.
 
  5. Awards and Competitions Applications Available

Each year, SDMS and the SDMS Educational Foundation recognize outstanding achievement in ultrasound. The guidelines and applications are now available for the following:

  • Scientific Presentation Competition
  • Sonographer Poster Exhibit Competition
  • Student Sonographer Poster Exhibit Competition
  • W. Frederick Sample Award
  • Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award
  • Distinguished Educator Award
  • SDMS Fellow Membership Nomination
  • Philips Imaging Award
  • Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. Research Award
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Medical Imaging, Inc. Contrast Imaging Award
  • GE Healthcare Excellence in Sonography Award
  • Graduate Research Award
  • Medison 3D Sonography Award
  • Don Milburn Service Award
  • SonoSite Hand-Carried Ultrasound Research Award
For the complete guidelines and application, go to http://www.sdms.org/pdf/awards.pdf.
 
  6. Free Webcast: Are You Prepared for the Pandemic Flu?

As a result of the OSHA and American Red Cross Alliance, the organizations have teamed up with Occupational Hazards magazine to offer a free-of-charge Webcast on “Are You Prepared for the Pandemic Flu?” It will be presented on February 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. EST. For more information and to register for the Webcast please go to:
http://www.occupationalhazards.com/Events/Default.aspx?type=0&archive=0#44637

The Webcast’s topics include:

  • What to expect during a flu pandemic
  • The similarities and differences between seasonal flu and pandemic flu
  • How the influenza virus spreads
  • Steps to help prevent the spread of seasonal and pandemic flu
  • How to prepare for a flu pandemic
  • OSHA guidelines for pandemic flu
The Webcast’s speakers are:
  • Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, Executive Director, American Public Health Association Washington, DC
  • Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, MPH, Director, Institute for Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • Amanda Edens, Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA and Andrew Levinson, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Biological Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA
  • Jean Erdtmann, RN, Director, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, American Red Cross, Falls Church, VA
 
  7. OSHA Documents on Avian Flu Now Available

A series of new OSHA publications on avian influenza were recently posted on OSHA’s Web site. The publications, available in English and Spanish, include:

  • OSHA Guidance Update on Protecting Employees from Avian Flu Viruses
  • Avian Flu Fact Sheet
  • QuickCards: General Precautions, Poultry Employees, Laboratory Employees, Animal Handlers, Food Handlers, and Health Care Workers

These new products are available on the following OSHA Web page: http://www.osha.gov/dsg/guidance/avian-flu.html.

 
  8. JCAHO changes name to The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has officially changed its name to the shortened "The Joint Commission." Along with the name change, The Joint Commission unveiled a new logo and a new look for its Web site. The accreditor also made changes to its Jayco extranet Web site.

For more information, visit:
http://briefingsonjcaho.com/content/66116.cfm?s=66116

 
  9. News & Notes

The News & Notes column includes links to web-based news articles of interest to sonographers. To submit articles, send the URL to webmaster@sdms.org

 
  10. Important Dates
February 16 Deadline for Nominations for SDMS Board of Directors, Committees, and Awards
March 31 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline
April 14 SDMS Spring Board of Directors meeting, Plano, TX
June 30 SDMS Educational Foundation Research Awards deadline
July 31 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline
July 31 SDMS Educational Foundation CME Grants deadline
October 11 - 14 2007 SDMS Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV
November 30 SDMS Educational Foundation Scholarship deadline


 
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