Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

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SDMS President's Message - October 2022

by Catherine Rienzo
Catherine Rienzo Dear SDMS Members, 

I am very excited to announce the recipients of the following SDMS awards. The recipients were recognized at the SDMS & SDMS Foundation Awards Presentation held during the 2022 SDMS Annual Conference. Please join me in congratulating them not only for a job well done, but also for their contribution to our profession.

Sonographer and Student Poster Competitions
Sonographer and student posters report the results of a research study completed by the authors. Posters are evaluated on presentation, content, and originality and are displayed during the SDMS Annual Conference.

Sara Baker

Sonographer Poster 1st Place
Advantages of Sonography in Identifying Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) & Understanding the Sonographic Identification of this Pathology


Alex Colvin     Robin White

Sonographer Poster 2nd Place
Impact of Access to Sonography Imaging Services in Oklahoma

Alex Colvin, RVT, RDMS
Robin White, MEd, RDMS, RVT, RDCS

Elyssa Wellner     Hannah Emerick

Student Poster 1st Place

Reliability of Panoramic Ultrasound in Assessing Cross-Sectional Area of Appendicular Muscles: A State-of-the-Art Review

 Elyssa Wellner
Hannah Emerick
Allison Zych
Jordyn Wiercinski
Grand Valley State University – Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Aileen Puscian     Kelli Fisher

Student Poster 2nd Place
The Relationship and Perceptions of Emergency Department Physicians and Sonographers on Point of Care Ultrasound

Aileen Puscian
Kelli Fisher
University of Missouri Columbia – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Scientific Presentation Competition
The Scientific Presentation Competition evaluates sonographers’ original summary papers on clinical research, educational techniques, patient care, sonography department management, case studies presenting a diagnostic challenge, or other areas related to diagnostic medical sonography.

Jordan Goetsch     Douglas Clem

1st Place
Case Study: Complications of Delayed Arterial Injury after a Gun Shot Wound to the Upper Extremity

Jordan Goetsch, BS, RDMS, RVT
Douglas Clem, PhD, RDCS, RVT

Lea Lambing      Kate Wampler

Jesse Roettger     Kim Michael

2nd Place
IPE Boot Camp: Working Together to Improve Programmatic Education, Efficiency, and Outcomes

Lea Lambing, BS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Kathryn Wampler, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Jessica Roettger, BS, RDCS, RVT
Kimberly Michael, MA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS

W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards
The W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding writing in the field of diagnostic medical sonography. Named in memory of W. Frederick Sample, MD, who made tremendous contributions to the growth and development of the field of sonography, the awards encourage students to submit original research and literature review papers to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS).

Literature Review

Allie Dugger
1st Place
Comparison of Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Diagnosis of Acute Aortic Dissection

Allie Dugger
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center – Sonography Program

Cameron Brooke Robison
2nd Place
Validity of Automated Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Quantification in Echocardiography

Cameron Brooke Robison
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center – Sonography Program

Original Research

Maggie Meyr
1st Place
Evaluation of Pleural Line Thickness and the Presence of Ultrasound Artifacts in Vapers vs. Non-Vapers

Maggie Christina Meyr
University of Missouri Columbia – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Brittney Engelman
2nd Place
Placental and Umbilical Cord Dimensions as Indicator for Fetal Growth Restriction

Brittney Engelman
University of Missouri Columbia – Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound

Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award
The Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award recognizes sonographers for the publication of their outstanding research or review articles in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS).

Melissa Kuchenmeister
1st Place
Lung Ultrasonography: An Emerging Practice

Melissa Kuchenmeister, BS, RDMS, RVT

Nicole Stigall and Team
 2nd Place
Sonographic Cardiovascular Assessment of the Aorta: Pilot of a Modified Image Grading System

 A. Nicole Stigall-Weikle, PhD, RDMS, RVT
Austin N. Brady, MS, RT(R)(VI)
Qian “Jade” Yang, MPH
Isaiah W. Bloom, BS
Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS, FAIUM

Congratulations to all!


Catherine Rienzo
Catherine E. Rienzo, EdD, RT(R)(ARRT), RDMS, FSDMS
SDMS and SDMS Foundation President