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SDMS Announces 2016 Award and Competition Winners

by Kelly Stafford
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is proud to announce the 2016 award and competition winners who were honored on September 30, 2016 at the SDMS and SDMS Foundation Awards Dinner during the 2016 SDMS Annual Conference. 

SDMS Distinguished Educator Award - The SDMS Distinguished Educator Award is presented to an exceptional educator in the field of diagnostic medical sonography.  

2016 SDMS Distinguished Educator Award Recipient
Dora DiGiacinto, MEd, RDMS, RDCS

Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award - The Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award honors a sonographer who has made a unique and outstanding contribution to the sonography profession. This award is only given to recognize an SDMS member whose innovation have taken sonography in a new direction. 

2016 Joan P. Baker Pioneer Award Recipient


Stephen McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship - The Stephen McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship was created as a tribute to past SDMS President Stephen McLaughlin for his service to the SDMS and to promote sonographer professionalism within the healthcare community. The lecture is presented each year at the Annual Conference in his honor. 

2016 Stephen McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship Recipient
Diane Kawamura, PhD, RT(R), RDMS, FAIUM, FSDMS
Behaving Professionally: Role Model Wanted

SDMS Foundation Sonography Scholarship Program – The SDMS Foundation provides $2,500 scholarships to deserving sonography students and sonographers. 

Sonography Student Scholarship Recipients
Johanna Correa
Austin Community College – Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Austin, TX

Karen Foster
Harrisburg Area Community College – Cardiac Sonography – Lancaster, PA

Sonographer Advanced Degree Scholarship Recipient
Sara Whitcomb
Indiana University Northwest – Bachelor in Radiologic Sciences – Gary, IN

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award - This award is presented annually in memory of Kenneth R. Gottesfeld, MD, a founding father in obstetrical sonography. Honorees are recognized for superior writing and contributions to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2013.

1st Place:  
A Novel Echocardiographic Marker (PDAM) Incorporating the Diameter of the Patent Foramen Ovale to Assess Hemodynamically Significant Patent Ductus Arteriosus

2nd Place:  
Jennifer Durant, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Douglas Helm, MD
Karen Having, MS ED, RT(R), RDMS
An Absent Right Umbilical Artery Versus Absent Lt and the Prognostic Implications for the Fetus

3rd Place:  
Katherine E. Zale, MS, RDMS, RVT
Mayanna Klatt, PhD
Kevin R. Volz, MS, RVT
Christopher Kanner
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
A Mixed-Method Approach to Evaluating the Association Between Myofascial Trigger Points and  Ankle/Foot Pain Using Handheld Sonography Equipment: A Pilot Study 

W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award - 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
1st Place

Amanda Barlish, BHS
Evaluation of the Relationship Between Pancreatic Echogenicity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
2nd Place
Rachel Gaffney, BA
Sonographic Visualization of the Temporomandibular Joint Comparing Multiple Transducer Approaches

Literature Review
1st Place

Karl Fincken, BS
Hemodialysis – Improving Arteriovenous Fistula Access through Drug-Eluting Devices and the Role of Vascular Ultrasound Imaging: A Literature Review
2nd Place
Abigail Cone
The Role of Echocardiography in Determining Radiofrequency Ablation versus Cryoablation for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation: A Literature Review

SDMS Poster Competitions – Posters report the results of a research topic review or literature review, scientific process or original research, or a case study. Posters were displayed at the 2016 SDMS Annual Conference. 

Sonographer Poster Competition 
1st Place

Douglas Clem, PhD, RDCS, RVT and Sharlette Anderson, MHS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT 
Sonographic Evaluation of Cardiorenal Syndrome: A Literature Review 
2nd Place 
Moe Woldemariam, RDMS, RVT and Kevin Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
Determining the Value of Abdominal Visceral Fat Thickness Measured with Sonography: Feasibility 
3rd Place
Tam Barrows, RDMS, RVT
The Correlation Between the Doppler Angle to Flow and the Accurate Velocity of Flow in Pulse Wave Doppler

Student Poster Competition
1st Place

Cam Vu, Kimberly Jones, and Georgia Rudd 
Scrotal Imaging: Preparation and Stabilization 
El Centro College Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program 
2nd Place
Ashley Breckenridge, Danielle Dowdy, and Emily Bromagen 
Short-term Effect of Scanning on the Radial Nerve and Flexor Muscle in First Year Sonography Students
University of Missouri Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Program
3rd Place
Jodi Pennings and Sandra Graham 
A Comparison of Thermal Effects Between 2D and 4D Ultrasound on Simulated Fetal Tissues 
Grand Valley State University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program