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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.
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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.
In February 2016, Jody Hancock had the opportunity to travel to South Sudan to perform sonograms and engage in sonography training with a South Sudanese sonographer and physicians at the mission hospital and out in the villages, as well as participate in wellness screenings and nutrition training with healthcare missionaries. While performing sonograms in South Sudan, Jody says she encountered a great deal of pathology, many findings that would not ordinarily be encountered “in the states” (e.g., schistosomiasis, rheumatic heart disease) but not everything she saw was unusual. Jody said, “We simply do not think as much about the treatment repercussions here as I had to do in a place where patients show up in groups on your doorstep because they hear you can see inside their hurting bodies, and where adaptive medical practice is the norm.”
In one such instance, she imaged an ectopic pregnancy and assisted the physician in determining as exact a location as possible to prepare for the surgical procedure, where no gynecologic-specialized surgeon was present. Upon completing the study, one of the physicians turned to her and said, “I believe it was God-ordained for you to be here today. Otherwise, this ectopic likely would have been missed, and this patient would have died.” Jody waited 30 years into her career to travel to the other side of the globe for someone to say these words, but she says they are just as true for all our patients. Thanks for making waves, Jody!
Jody L. Hancock, EdD, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), is the Sonography Program Director and Professor at Chattanooga State Community College. Jody Hancock transitioned from a first year-registered radiographer (RT) to the ultrasound department in 1986 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she still resides and serves as a professor and program director of both general and cardiovascular sonography programs at Chattanooga State Community College.
Do you know a sonographer who is doing something out of the ordinary? Whether it is a grand gesture or a small moment that makes a difference in someone’s life, the SDMS would like to hear about it so that we can share it with you. So, if YOU know someone who is making waves, tell us at email@example.com!
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