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.
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.
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.
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.
From the ARDMS
Mayo Clinic/Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (2005-Present)
Voluntarism for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and/or SDMS Foundation
Task Forces, Committees, and Work Groups
Executive, Director, Board Liaison, and Board Representative Roles
Other Voluntarism in the Sonography Community
Midwest Society of Diagnostic Ultrasound (2018-Present)
Oklahoma Sonography Society (2004-2005)
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