SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
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.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
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.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional organization for sonographers, sonography education professionals, and sonography students. The SDMS was founded in 1970 to advance the development of the sonography profession and to raise awareness and understanding of sonography. The SDMS…
The SDMS Foundation is an affiliate of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) that provides grants, scholarships, and international assistance to members of the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation’s goal is to foster professional learning to enhance diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS Foundation invites tax-deductible contributions to support its mission.
SDMS membership includes sonographers across all specialties, sonography educators and students, sonography researchers, radiologic technologists, physicians, nurses, administrators, and businesses involved with ultrasound technology.
The SDMS is an international catalyst for the profession with members worldwide who are practicing sonography in a host of settings, including:
Individual and organizational memberships in the SDMS are available.
Individual memberships encompass five categories with their respective annual dues:
Organizational memberships are for businesses in or related to the sonography profession.
The SDMS values participation by organizations of all sizes and, therefore, offers organizational membership across six tiers, each with unique benefits and annual dues. All tiers, except Tier 1, automatically include a specified number of standard memberships that organizational members may extend to employees (“beneficiaries”). NOTE: More beneficiaries can be added in any tier – including Tier 1 – for $150 annually for each one.
CAAHEP-accredited educational programs and SDMS-credentialed sonographer workplaces save $100 on any tier of organizational membership.
Here is a summary of SDMS member benefits:
The SDMS sponsors numerous events to promote learning, networking, and time together with the sonography community, including:
Event and merchandise discounts are available to SDMS members and also to individuals applying for membership simultaneously when registering for an SDMS event.
It depends. Non-student memberships submitted online and paid by credit card have immediate access. Student applications require up to a week due to the need to process the SDMS Student Status Verification form. Hard-copy applications with check payments require up to a week to process.
Individuals who wish to mail a check for payment need to submit a hard copy of the online application form with a personal check to the SDMS at P.O. Box 200971, Dallas, Texas 75320-0971.
Organizational members have the option of paying online or mailing a payment when joining or renewing online. However, membership benefits for the organization and any beneficiaries are not active until membership dues are paid in full.
Please contact the SDMS at 800.229.9506 if you have any questions about membership.
Membership renewal is due annually on the last day of your anniversary month.
Individual members who have opted-in to both hard-copy and email communications from the SDMS will receive one renewal notice via USPS mail at about 45 days prior to membership expiration. Email renewal notices will be sent at five different intervals: 130 days, 75 days, 30 days, 7 days, and 2 days prior to expiration. Renewal payments cannot be processed online any sooner than 90 days before expiration, but this need can be accommodated over the phone. The email sent 130 days before expiration will offer the option of opting into automatic renewal.
Organizational members also will be notified of renewal with emails sent to the organization’s designated contact. The contact must not have opted-out or blocked receipt of SDMS emails. Email renewal notices will be sent at 90 days and 30 days.
Payment five to seven days prior to the expiration date results in uninterrupted membership benefits.
No. Members who need assistance can apply for a confidential SDMS Foundation Hardship Grant, which can be used for membership dues.
A common reason for a change in SDMS membership category is graduation. SDMS student members will be moved to the graduate member category ($80) for the first year after graduation. After this period, the graduate member will be moved to the standard member category and dues rate ($160).
Retirement is another milestone that may (or may not!) mean a change in SDMS membership category. The annual dues rate for a retired member is $80 a year less than for a standard member ($160). Retired members get a discount on SDMS CME activities, which standard members get for free. It doesn’t take long – just a few SDMS CME activities – before the retired member would pay more for discounted SDMS CME activities than the incremental cost of maintaining a standard membership. So, retirees who plan to earn multiple SDMS CME credits each year will save money by continuing their SDMS standard membership.
Yes. This is a great option for busy SDMS members for four reasons:
Simply provide your credit/debit card information when you renew your membership or call the SDMS office at (800) 229-9506 at least 90 days before your membership expires.
If you sign up for automatic membership renewal, you will be notified electronically prior to being charged each year. You may opt-out of auto renewal at any time online or by phone. Any discounts or coupons will be applied automatically to reduce total charges to your card. (Please remember: To receive electronic notifications, you must not opt-out or block SDMS emails.)
Accepted options include VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express for online transactions and check or money order for payments sent via USPS mail.
Yes. Both actions are possible for individual members and organizational members on this page of the SDMS website.
The Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) is the official scholarly journal of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).
The JDMS is peer-reviewed and contains the latest research and information on diagnostic techniques and interpretation methods, thought-provoking case studies, practical research applications, and advances in a wide range of specialty areas. Members of the sonography community are encouraged to submit original research, case studies, and literary reviews for publication consideration. Upon acceptance for publication, SDMS continuing medical education (CME) credit may be awarded.
Each issue of the JDMS contains several SDMS CME activities. Successful completion of each activity, including passing a post-test, if there is one, earns SDMS CME credits.
The JDMS is provided to SDMS members free of charge, with access to issues dating back to 1985. Non-members can subscribe to the JDMS at the following cost for six issues per year (as of March 1, 2022, and subject to change by SAGE Publications, the publisher):
INDIVIDUALS. $221 for print only. $983 for print plus online access.
INSTITUTIONS. $1,070 for print only. Various options for online access and backfile lease range from $1,092 to $1,201.
A single print issue of the JDMS costs $48 for individuals and $196 for institutions.
(Please consult SAGE Publications for any pricing updates.)
The JDMS Editorial Board, as well as submission guidelines and other information, can be found here.
In addition to these three ways an individual member can engage with the JDMS, there are advertising opportunities available for corporate members, as well as individuals.
JDMS post-tests can be taken online in the SDMS Learning Center with three opportunities to pass with a score of 75% or better.
SDMS CME credit may be awarded only to authors who are SDMS members at the time of the SDMS CME application, and only upon publication, of any of these manuscript types.
The Learning Center on the SDMS website offers hundreds of SDMS CME credit opportunities, and new activities are added throughout the year. Credit can be earned only once for each activity. The SDMS CME Tracker automatically makes a record of earned SDMS CME credits for each member and transfers this information to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Non-SDMS CME credits are not reported by the tracker. For those, a sonographer must submit the completion certificate directly to the relevant credentialing body.
Yes. Non-members may purchase as many on-demand SDMS CME activities as they want and take the post-test (with three opportunities to pass, the same as SDMS members). If a non-member is interested in more than a couple of SDMS learning opportunities, purchasing an SDMS standard membership with free access to SDMS CME activities is an attractive, money-saving option.
The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) requires completion of 30 CME credits during each three-year CME period.
The SDMS recommends completing a minimum of 10 CME credits annually to comply with ARDMS requirements.
Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) requires completion of 36 CME credits every three years, and at least 30 of these CME credits must be related to cardiovascular technology.
The SDMS recommends completing a minimum of 12 CME credits annually to comply with CCI requirements.
Completed CME credits are transferred to the ARDMS and CCI daily.
It varies. SDMS CME credits are determined by how many hours are actually spent consuming content, so time for breaks, lunch, or transition between sessions is excluded. Actual attendance at an SDMS virtual event – not just registration – is required to receive SDMS CME credits. In addition, SDMS CME credits are not awarded for consuming the content at a later date after the scheduled virtual event.
Technology features allow the SDMS staff to confirm attendance during the virtual event.
SDMS virtual events are popular with SDMS members, and the SDMS will continue to provide them. The launch of SDMS virtual events in 2019, a year before the pandemic began, was in response to feedback from members who wanted SDMS events without the cost and complications of travel, lodging, etc.
The SDMS Annual Conference held in the fall will continue to be an in-person event.
First, you need to register. Virtual events are posted on the SDMS website and communicated to members via email. Both formats contain a REGISTER button that navigates to a page where you can enter your information and pay for the event if there is a cost.
After you register, you will receive three emails, which are (1) an email receipt for the event purchase from the SDMS, (2) an email event confirmation from SDMS Events, and (3) a Zoom confirmation from SDMS Events with your personalized login link and technology tips for event day. The login link is unique to you and should not be shared with others. Sharing the link may result in not receiving your SDMS CME credits for the event.
On the day of the event, click the Zoom login link. If you are not already a Zoom user, you will be prompted to download and run Zoom. After the download is complete, refer to your registration email from Zoom and use the personalized login link to access the virtual event.
If you switch devices during the event, there are three things you need to know: (1) You must completely log off the initial device and log in again on the second device. You can only be logged into the virtual event on one device at a time. (2) If you log out and log back in for any reason the Q&A box will have refreshed and the content you saw earlier will be gone. Staying logged in will provide an optimal experience for virtual events. (3) If you switch to another device in a timely manner, you will not miss out on earning the applicable SDMS CME credit(s).
Yes. Attendees can enter their questions for speakers via the Zoom Q&A function.
During the presentation, attendees’ audio lines are muted and cameras are turned off. However, attendees are able to comment to other participants by using the chat box. These comments are visible to all participants and staff hosting the event.
Your personal internet connection frequently determines the audio and visual quality of any virtual event. For other technical issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
That is always our intent. Post-event, an email will be sent to registrants with the links to access the recording and materials.
Browser. It is recommended that Internet Explorer NOT be used to view an event.
Optimize. Get the best streaming experience by closing all other programs on your device.
Go Mobile. The Zoom app permits viewing on all iOS and Android mobile devices.
No Audio? The steps below are successful in troubleshooting this issue for most users.
Frozen Video? The steps below are successful in troubleshooting this issue for most users.
If you have any questions about SDMS virtual events that are not answered here, please email email@example.com.
You must have an SDMS login and be associated with your organization in the SDMS database to access the SDMS Management System and to submit rosters and new applications. Log onto https://learn.sdms.org. Click to open the CME Management System menu on the SDMS Learning Center landing page (It is a yellow-colored menu that is located on the upper left-hand portion of the screen). Click the CME Management link then click the Application Dashboard option to create a new CME application or the Rosters and Certificates option to manage your CME roster.
The application fees, as of March 31, 2021, are shown in the table below:
No, but an SDMS CME provider whose organization does not join the SDMS as an organizational member will lose discounted pricing on SDMS CME activity processing fees. SDMS CME providers with a SDMS organizational membership still pay application fees, but at a discount over non-members.
Not if you organization extends you a standard membership as a beneficiary. Beneficiaries may be purchased in every tier of organizational membership. A designated number are provided free with organizational membership in Tier 2 and above.
Yes. CAAHEP accredited educational programs are eligible for a $100 discount on any tier of SDMS organizational membership. If your educational program is eligible, please contact the SDMS Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-473-8057 to receive the discount and process your request.
Clinical instructorship applications are free only if your organization is an SDMS organizational member. CAAHEP-accredited educational programs receive $100 off organizational membership.
Yes, as long as they have an SDMS login and are associated with your organization in the SDMS database.
If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact the SDMS Learning Department at email@example.com or 214-473-8057.
A benefit of membership in the SDMS is gaining access to SDMS Collaborate, an online private community where sonography professionals connect and learn together.
Search for other SDMS members by clicking on the “Network” or the “Directory” link in the main navigation bar. You can find members by entering any of the following information:
If you need to refine your search because the basic search returned too many results, go to the “Advanced Search” tab and input any of the following information:
There are two ways to add contacts to your contact list:
Developing a contact list will make it easier to stay in touch and also to see the contacts that you and your friends have in common.
Being in an SDMS Collaborate Community allows you to participate in discussions and share resources with others.
On the main navigation page, click on “Communities.” You will see communities you already belong to. Join additional communities by selecting a community and clicking “Join”.
Once you are in a community discussion, you can respond to a discussion post by clicking “Reply to Discussion.” Your comment will go to all members of the community.
If you want to start a new discussion:
There are two ways:
Yes. In the control bar, select “My Account” and choose “Privacy Settings” from the drop down menu. You may select from the following privacy options:
Please update your profile on SDMS.org. This will ensure your profile is accurate in the database for all SDMS functions, including SDMS Collaborate.
On your profile page, click “My Account” and choose “Community Notifications” from the drop-down menu. Select the frequency you prefer from this list of options:
Go to your profile page, and choose the “My Account” tab. Select “Community Notifications” from the drop-down menu. Then choose the “Plain Text” format option for each of the communities/discussions in which you participate.
From the “All Communities” page, select a community. From the community landing page, click the “Library” tab. You can enter search terms in the search field to find the resource you need.
From a search results page, if you click on “Show Advanced Search,” then click “Search for Specific File Types,” you will be able to specify the type of file you want (document, image, spreadsheet, etc.).
There are two ways you can add any of the dozens of file types SDMS Collaborate supports:
Go to your profile page. Select the “My Account” tab and select “Discussion Signature” from the drop-down menu. “Available Variables” will auto-generate your signature using profile information. Double-click to add or remove variables.
If you do opt out, SDMS Collaborate members you send messages to will not be able to respond to you. Also, if someone else has opted-out of the member directory, you will not be able to respond to any messages from them.
Go to the bottom of the SDMS profile page and deselect “Make my profile available in the member directory and allow people to respond to messages that I send through SDMS Collaborate.”
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