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SDMS President's Message - December 2018

by Tammy Stearns

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Tammy Stearns 200x300 with paddingDear SDMS Members,

Last year at this time, I challenged each of us to revisit the reasons why we became sonographers. I have had the privilege to speak with many of our members as they reminisced about what drew them to our profession. Not once did I hear about call-backs, money, and exam counts. Instead, many of the conversations focused on the desire to make a difference, the desire to be an investigator into the human body and disease processes, the desire to be the very first to see life, along with the desire to have a stable career. Today, we still get excited when we see something that we haven’t seen before. We enjoy the challenge and the opportunity to use our knowledge and skill to assist in finding the correct diagnosis. We revel in quality and creativity.

If you are midpoint in your career, as I am, you can probably identify one or two sonographers who made a difference in your career. Perhaps they took you under their wing as a student or they reached out from the Board of Directors’ table and invited you to become more involved in the organization. They encouraged you to be more than you thought that you could be. They encouraged you to write and submit for publication. They encouraged you to run for committees and offices. They encouraged you to complete your degrees, become multi-credentialed, and to apply for management positions. They encouraged you simply because they could. Their words, both written and spoken, have pushed you farther than you ever imagined.

You weren’t their assignment.

You weren’t their responsibility.

They took it upon themselves to invest in you for the future of our profession.

As this year ends and we find ourselves giving thanks for those who reached out to us, we would be remiss not to reach out to those who are coming after us. It is our duty to prepare other sonographers for the positions that we hold. Be it called mentorship, coaching, or simply being an encourager, let us be purposeful in whom we choose and intentional in our actions.

For those who are the next generation of sonographers, if no one has already reached out, I encourage you to find someone to mentor, coach, and encourage you. There is so much to learn from each generation that is scanning in the field. From techniques to history, those that have scanned before you hold a wealth of knowledge. One of my favorite questions to ask a veteran sonographer is, “What was your most embarrassing moment as a sonographer?” and then watch them grin and laugh as they share moments that most of us either have already encountered or will encounter soon.

Let’s make 2019 the year that we invest in the future of our profession while finding common ground instead of focusing on the differences. Let this be a year where we look beyond ourselves and empower the generations to come.


Tammy Stearns

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