Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

talishaHunt_2021_200x300 Talisha M. Hunt, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, FSDMS
SDMS & SDMS Foundation ​Director

Talisha M. Hunt, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, FSDMS, is a lead sonographer and assistant professor of radiology at Mayo Clinic/Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota. She joined the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) in 2004 and is a dedicated contributor: elected three times to the SDMS and SDMS Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the editorial board and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), and extensive service on SDMS task forces, committees, and volunteer/micro-volunteer assignments. Talisha is a Fellow of the SDMS, a bronze and silver Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow, and frequent award recipient. She has been in clinical practice since 2005 and maintains certifications/registration with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in abdomen, OB/GYN, vascular, adult echocardiography, and pediatric sonography. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology-sonography. A published author, Talisha is a lecturer for the SDMS Annual Conference and has twice won the SDMS Sonographer Poster Competition.  

There’s career value in SDMS membership and a best friend.
When Talisha joined Mayo Clinic’s Department of Radiology as staff sonographer in 2005, she took to her work happily and thrived on patient interaction. Then, a friend suggested she run for the SDMS Board of Directors, so she did. She lost. But did she really? Her “big win” was that the outcome sparked her interest in doing more, maybe moving up the career ladder at work and getting more involved within the SDMS. Inspired by her friend, Talisha gave “doing more” a try. Ultimately, in 2022, Talisha began her third term as an SDMS director. She also served a year for a director who departed early. Her record of SDMS voluntarism shines brightly: Eight committees, task forces, and other activities account for over 17 years of service with opportunities to find new friends, lifelong and cherished. Talisha now recognizes that SDMS involvement was instrumental in evolving how she perceived herself and her skills. It enabled her to blossom fully into the accomplished sonography professional she is and was meant to be – the one her encouraging friend believed in all along.   

Earn and maintain many certifications for more future opportunities.
Talisha is grateful her University of Oklahoma education was highly diverse because that helped her pursue certifications in abdomen, pediatric, OB/GYN, adult echocardiography, and vascular technology. Mayo Clinic in Minnesota requires sonographers to be registered in the main specialties they practice but states and facilities differ. Being able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in multiple areas is strategically sound and affords more options for employment over a career, she says.

Be comfortable with yourself. Be exceptional at being you.
Talisha is on the board of the JDMS and has been a manuscript reviewer for many years. Her name has appeared many times in its pages, too, almost always in association with a case study. “I wouldn’t call myself a researcher,” she says, at least not like colleagues who continually “pull data” as automatically as breathing. Talisha has found her sweet spot in case studies, a perfect outlet for her strengths in critical thinking and analysis. These attributes are beneficial for a lead sonographer at Mayo Clinic because the ability to mentally turn over different problems and solutions in advance of a crisis results in a calm response, rather than race to put out fires. 

Best icebreaker
All Peloton® bike and treadmill enthusiasts, go to the head of the class. Talisha will gladly talk Peloton® anytime. And she’ll be your friend for life if you MMM Bop-ped to the 90s pop group Hanson at the Non-Stop 90s party at the 2022 SDMS Annual Conference. For her and Hanson, the 90s live on.

Work is done, what are you doing?
Hanging with friends, dinners, and movies, and 2023 will bring an item on the bucket list: a trip to Greece and Turkey for a milestone birthday.

Inspiration
Talisha is inspired by sonography friends who light her path and show her what’s possible by always accomplishing bigger and better things in life and work.  



Talisha M. Hunt, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS FSDMS “At-a-Glance”

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology-sonography, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Certifications

From the ARDMS

  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)
    • Pediatric
    • OB/GYN
    • Abdomen​
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
    • Adult echocardiography
  • Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Research/Publications

  • Peterson KE, Hunt TM, McMenomy BP, Prieto M. Sonographic Assessment of a Renal Autotransplant Anastomotic Pseudoaneurysm: A Case Study. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2022.
  • Chupka NM, Atwell TD, McPhail IR, Hunt TM. The Role of Sonography in a Rare Case of Hepatic Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Case Study. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2021;37(5):500-505.
  • Hunt TM, Waletzko MR, Knudsen JM, Atwell TD, Chupka NM. The Effectiveness of Identifying Primary Gallbladder Adenocarcinoma Utilizing Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound: A Case Report. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2021;37(6)575-583.
  • Hunt TM, Thacker PG. Sonographic Detection of Congenital Intestinal Malrotation: A Case Report. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2021;38(1)91-97.
  • Bagley J, Boukidjian R, Whitsett M, Hunt TM, Kerns D, Rodriguez M. Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Sonography: Reprocessing the Ultrasound Transducer. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2020;36(4):381-403.
  • Hunt TM, Boyum JH. Diagnosing Gallbladder Perforation with Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound:: A Case Report. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2020;36(3)252-258.
  • Bagley JE, Hunt TM, Paul DE. Implementing a Liver Contrast Program in the Sonography Laboratory. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 2020;36(1)80-90.
  • Multiple book chapters

Awards

  • Fellow, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (2022)
  • 1st Place, SDMS Sonographer Poster Competition (2019)
  • 2nd Place, SDMS Sonographer Poster Competition (2017)
  • Mayo Clinic Quality Silver and Bronze Fellow (2021 and 2011, respectively)
  • Mayo Clinic Midwest Radiology Excellence in Quality Award (2020)
  • Mayo Clinic Clinical Instructor in Vascular Ultrasound Award (2008)

Professional Roles

Mayo Clinic/Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (2005-Present)

  • Assistant professor, Department of Radiology (2021-Present)
  • Lead sonographer, Department of Radiology (2016-Present)
  • Staff sonographer, Department of Radiology (2005-2015)
  • Instructor, Department of Radiology (2020-2021)
  • Rotational lead sonographer, Department of Radiology (2016)
  • Vascular center clinical specialist, Vascular Center Department (2007-2016)

Voluntarism for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and/or SDMS Foundation

Task Forces, Committees, and Work Groups

  • Membership Awards and Recognition Committee (2013-2019, 2021-2023)
  • Ethics Committee (2015-2020, 2022-2024)
  • Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force (2021-2023)
  • CME Reviewer (2019-2023)
  • Award Judging Micro-Volunteer (2019-2021)
  • SDMS Foundation Fundraising Micro-Volunteer (2015-2016)
  • Minimum Education Standard Work Group (2018-2020)

Executive, Director, Board Liaison, and Board Representative Roles

  • Director (2015-2020, 2022-2024)
  • Executive Committee, Director Representative (2019-2020)
  • Emerging Leaders Program, Board Liaison (2019-2020))
  • Sonography Disinfection & Infection Control Task Force, Board Liaison (2017-2020)
  • Membership Awards and Recognition Committee, Board Liaison (2015-2017)
  • Pediatric Sonography Clinical Task Force, Board Liaison (2015-2016)

Other Voluntarism in the Sonography Community

ARDMS

  • Item writer, Pediatric Sonography Board Examination (2016-Present)
  • Item development workshop (2016)

Midwest Society of Diagnostic Ultrasound (2018-Present)

Oklahoma Sonography Society (2004-2005)