SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
Sara Baker, MEd, RDMS, RVT, RMSKS, RT(R), FSDMS, who has more than 20 years of experience in sonography and as a member of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), was elected to the SDMS Board of Directors as a director in 2022, two years after being honored as an SDMS Fellow. She also served as an SDMS Director from 2015 to 2017. Sara is currently program manager of ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and positron emission tomography accreditation at the American College of Radiology. For over 20 years, Sara has volunteered in a wide range of activities to support the SDMS, the American Registry in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS), the South Central Wisconsin Ultrasound Society, and academia.
Volunteer, don’t be afraid, don’t say ‘no’
Sara encourages new graduates of diagnostic medical sonography programs and sonographers to “prove your worth through your work and networking” by engaging in volunteer activities. It’s an approach that has worked well for her; she has given countless hours in volunteer service to the SDMS, the ARDMS, the JRC-DMS, and more. “One opportunity rolled into the next one, each offering more challenge than the last,” she says. It’s impossible to know, and you shouldn’t worry about, whether you can do everything a volunteer opportunity will require. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t say ‘no.’ There are so many things you can succeed in doing,” she says, by not getting bogged down in questions about whether you are able.
Going gangbusters with certifications and education – well, why not?
Sara has taken and passed nine board examinations, has completed certificate programs in diagnostic medical sonography and radiologic technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in education. As a program manager in accreditation now and as a lead sonographer, research sonographer, clinical coordinator, and instructor for many years, she knows the value of education and specialty certifications. She also figured, “Why not? Education is of great value, and it can never be taken from you.”
Stay curious. Critical thinking is as important as basic knowledge.
As lead author of research published in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), (and also subject of her master’s thesis), Sara, joined by SDMS Treasurer Bridgett Willey and Carol Mitchell, PhD, studied the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) as an alternative to typically subjective methods of assessing student clinical, technical, and analytical competence. They concluded that the OSCE was reliable, valid, and “may be the ‘missing link” in providing the information needed for students to become more competent sonographers.1 She doesn’t have as much time for original research today but does stay involved as a reviewer for the JDMS. About research, she says, “There is so much to learn. Although it’s a lot of hard work, if you love it and find joy in it, it never feels like work.”
She’d love to hear your views about an article she’s published or a presentation she’s given – or invite her to talk shop about the sonography profession over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
Work is done, what are you doing?
As a wife and mother of three—Cate, 13, Evan, 11, and Austin, 6—Sara finds great joy in family time, whether carpooling or being outdoors – camping, biking, kayaking, sledding, and downhill skiing.
At work or at home, Sara likes to place this quote nearby, from 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln: “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
From the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
From the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American College of Radiology (ACR)
University of Wisconsin
Voluntarism for the SDMS and/or SDMS Foundation
Task Forces, Committees, Work Groups, and Other
Executive, Director, Board Liaison, and Board Representative Roles
Other Voluntarism in the Sonography Community
South Central Wisconsin Ultrasound Society (SCWUS)
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