Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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  • SDMS President's Message - October 2018

    by Tammy Stearns | Oct 11, 2018
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    SDMS Members,

    I am excited to announce the recipients of the following SDMS awards. I had the honor to personally congratulate each winner at the Awards Dinner at the 2018 SDMS Annual Conference. Please join me in congratulating them not only for a job well done, but also for their contribution to our profession.

    Please consider entering next year and perhaps we will be inviting you to join us up on stage!

    SW. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards

    This award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. The award is named in memory of W. Frederick Sample, MD, whose tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the field of sonography have influenced sonographers and physicians. Because of Dr. Sample’s dedication to teaching and research, this award is given to outstanding students in diagnostic medical sonography.

    Original Research

    W Frederick Sample - Original Research - 1st Place

    1st Place:
    Katie Partridge, BHS
    Perceived Psychological Stress and Carotid Artery Blood Flow Velocity in Professional Clinical Students

    W Frederick Sample - Original Research - 2nd Place

    2nd Place:
    Freshta Nematzadeh
    Output Display Standard Monitoring: Should it be Mandatory? Assessment of Nuchal Translucency Quality Review Submissions and Output Display Standard Feedback 

    Literature Review

    W Frederick Sample - Literature Review - 1st Place

    1st Place:
    Bailey Stephens
    The Efficacy of Sonography and MRI in Diagnosing Idiopathic Arthritis in Juveniles

    2nd Place:
    Tayler Rhoads
    Comparison of Transvaginal Sonography, Sonohysterography, and Hysteroscopy in Detecting Submucosal Fibroids and Endometrial Polyps

    Sonographer and Student Poster Competitions

    Poster presentations report the results of a research study completed by the author(s). Posters are judged on presentation (appearance), content, and originality and presented during the SDMS Annual Conference.

    Sonographer Poster

    Poster Competition - Sonographer - 1st Place

    1st Place:
    Alexzandria Stigall, RDMS, RVT
    Angela Butwin, MS, RT(R), RDMS
    Kevin Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
    Utilizing Sonographic Measurements of Abdominal Visceral Fat to Determine the Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

    Poster Competition - Sonographer - 2nd Place

    2nd Place:
    Monique Riemann, RDMS, RVT
    Ultrasound Takes Over the Gold Standard Upper GI for the Diagnosis of Midgut Volvulus

    Student Poster

    Poster Competition - Student - 1st Place

    1st Place:
    Gretchen Nix
    Amanda Gandhi
    Victoria Ketter
    Efficacy of Bowel Gas-Reducing Medication for Abdominal Exams in the ED

    Poster Competition - Student - 2nd Place

    2nd Place:
    Abby VanOtteren
    Moriah Moore
    Danielle Wolters
    Assessing the Accuracy of Ultrasound Using Spatial Compounding to Measure Intervertebral Spaces

    Scientific Presentation Competition

    The Scientific Presentation Competition, which is a two-part competition, encourages sonographers to get involved by writing original presentation summary papers that may address clinical research, educational techniques, patient care, sonography department management, case studies presenting a diagnostic challenge, or other areas related to diagnostic medical sonography.

    Scientific Presentation Competition - 1st Place

    1st Place:
    Monique Riemann, RDMS, RVT
    Ultrasound Imaging of MAGnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC®) Rods: A Quality Improvement Project

    Scientific Presentation Competition - 2nd Place

    2nd Place:
    Douglas Clem, PhD, EdS, RDCS, RVT
    JoeRyan Anderson, BS, RDMS
    Deborah Dulin, RDMS
    The Diabetic Foot: A Literature Review

    SDMS Foundation Scholarship Recipients

    The SDMS Foundation Sonography Student and Sonographer Scholarship Programs provide a $2,500 scholarship to deserving sonography students and sonographers who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an educational program in diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


    Amanda McCulloch
    Grand Valley State University
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Sonographer Student Scholarship - Ashley Phipps

    Ashley Phipps
    Georgia Northwestern Technical College
    Adult Echocardiography
    Rome, GA


    Sonography Advanced Degree Scholarship - Jennifer Anderson

     Jennifer Anderson, RDMS, RVT
    Purdue University
    Doctorate Degree in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences
    West Lafayette, IN


    Tammy Stearns

    Tammy Stearns, ​MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
    SDMS and SDMS Foundation President