Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

SDMS President's Message - October 2018

by Tammy Stearns
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SDMS Members,

I am excited to announce the recipients of the following SDMS awards. I had the honor to personally congratulate each winner at the Awards Dinner at the 2018 SDMS Annual Conference. Please join me in congratulating them not only for a job well done, but also for their contribution to our profession.

Please consider entering next year and perhaps we will be inviting you to join us up on stage!

SW. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards

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

W Frederick Sample - Original Research - 1st Place

1st Place:
Katie Partridge, BHS
Perceived Psychological Stress and Carotid Artery Blood Flow Velocity in Professional Clinical Students

W Frederick Sample - Original Research - 2nd Place

2nd Place:
Freshta Nematzadeh
Output Display Standard Monitoring: Should it be Mandatory? Assessment of Nuchal Translucency Quality Review Submissions and Output Display Standard Feedback 

Literature Review

W Frederick Sample - Literature Review - 1st Place

1st Place:
Bailey Stephens
The Efficacy of Sonography and MRI in Diagnosing Idiopathic Arthritis in Juveniles

2nd Place:
Tayler Rhoads
Comparison of Transvaginal Sonography, Sonohysterography, and Hysteroscopy in Detecting Submucosal Fibroids and Endometrial Polyps

Sonographer and Student Poster Competitions

Poster presentations report the results of a research study completed by the author(s). Posters are judged on presentation (appearance), content, and originality and presented during the SDMS Annual Conference.

Sonographer Poster

Poster Competition - Sonographer - 1st Place

1st Place:
Alexzandria Stigall, RDMS, RVT
Angela Butwin, MS, RT(R), RDMS
Kevin Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS
Utilizing Sonographic Measurements of Abdominal Visceral Fat to Determine the Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

Poster Competition - Sonographer - 2nd Place

2nd Place:
Monique Riemann, RDMS, RVT
Ultrasound Takes Over the Gold Standard Upper GI for the Diagnosis of Midgut Volvulus

Student Poster

Poster Competition - Student - 1st Place

1st Place:
Gretchen Nix
Amanda Gandhi
Victoria Ketter
Efficacy of Bowel Gas-Reducing Medication for Abdominal Exams in the ED

Poster Competition - Student - 2nd Place

2nd Place:
Abby VanOtteren
Moriah Moore
Danielle Wolters
Assessing the Accuracy of Ultrasound Using Spatial Compounding to Measure Intervertebral Spaces

Scientific Presentation Competition

The Scientific Presentation Competition, which is a two-part competition, encourages sonographers to get involved by writing original presentation summary papers that may address clinical research, educational techniques, patient care, sonography department management, case studies presenting a diagnostic challenge, or other areas related to diagnostic medical sonography.

Scientific Presentation Competition - 1st Place

1st Place:
Monique Riemann, RDMS, RVT
Ultrasound Imaging of MAGnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC®) Rods: A Quality Improvement Project

Scientific Presentation Competition - 2nd Place

2nd Place:
Douglas Clem, PhD, EdS, RDCS, RVT
JoeRyan Anderson, BS, RDMS
Deborah Dulin, RDMS
The Diabetic Foot: A Literature Review

SDMS Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The SDMS Foundation Sonography Student and Sonographer Scholarship Programs provide a $2,500 scholarship to deserving sonography students and sonographers who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an educational program in diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).


Amanda McCulloch
Grand Valley State University
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Grand Rapids, MI

Sonographer Student Scholarship - Ashley Phipps

Ashley Phipps
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Adult Echocardiography
Rome, GA


Sonography Advanced Degree Scholarship - Jennifer Anderson

 Jennifer Anderson, RDMS, RVT
Purdue University
Doctorate Degree in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences
West Lafayette, IN


Tammy Stearns

Tammy Stearns, ​MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President