Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

FAQs

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…

  • Serves as a primary source of authoritative continuing medical education (CME) opportunities and SDMS CME credits
  • Produces a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal
  • Provides professional development opportunities
  • Stimulates and facilitates original research and critical thinking to advance sonography
  • Pursues cooperative relationships with other allied health organizations and healthcare stakeholders
  • Advocates for sonographers and the sonography profession in multiple arenas, including government, media, and education

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:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Mobile facilities
  • Educational institutions
  • Laboratories (diagnostic and research)
  • Physician offices

Individual and organizational memberships in the SDMS are available.

Individual memberships encompass five categories with their respective annual dues:

  • Standard membership is for all practicing sonographers or anyone interested in diagnostic medical sonography. ($160, which may be paid for one, two, or three years at a time, and discounted for multi-year memberships)
  • Retired membership is for anyone aged 60 or older who is retired but wishes to remain engaged in the sonography field. ($80) An important distinction between retired membership and standard membership involves SDMS continuing medical education (CME) activities, which are available at a discount to retired members and free to standard members.
  • Student membership is for anyone enrolled in a verified sonography-related healthcare educational program. ($45)
  • Graduate membership is for renewing SDMS student members in the first year after they receive their undergraduate degree. It serves as a bridge year between student membership and standard membership. ($80)
  • Fellow membership is for SDMS members who have been named an SDMS Fellow due to their outstanding contributions to sonography and the SDMS. These members must fulfill nomination eligibility requirements and be approved by the SDMS Board of Directors. ($0)

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.

  • Tier 1 is the lowest-cost option ($250) and gives the organization discounts on SDMS Annual Conference registration, SDMS Store merchandise, and SDMS CME activity application fees, including clinical instructorship CME credit.
  • Tier 2 ($750) provides a print subscription to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) and five standard memberships for beneficiaries, along with the other benefits in Tier 1.
  • Tier 3 ($1,400) provides ten standard memberships for beneficiaries, a discount on SDMS Organizational Professional Liability Insurance, upon qualification, and all Tier 2 benefits.
  • Tier 4 ($3,250) provides 25 standard memberships for beneficiaries, discounts on SDMS Job Board postings, and all Tier 3 benefits.
  • Tier 5 ($6,000) provides 50 standard memberships for beneficiaries, includes all Tier 4 benefits, and provides SDMS medal level recognition for the organization.
  • Tier 6 ($11,000) provides 100 standard memberships for beneficiaries and includes all benefits in the other tiers.

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:

  1. Online access to unlimited, on-demand SDMS CME credits with new learning activities added throughout the year
  2. A personalized SDMS CME Tracker that captures all completed SDMS CME credits and automatically transfers them to the ARDMS and CCI each day, seven days a week, for you
  3. A free subscription to the bimonthly Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, the profession’s premier peer-reviewed journal
  4. Pricing discounts on SDMS events, SDMS Registry Review Services, SDMS educational products, and SDMS merchandise
  5. Discounted professional liability insurance with no deductible on occurrence-based coverage to protect you against lawsuits
  6. Sonography Salary & Benefits Resources to enable comparisons with the industry’s compensation benchmarks and trends
  7. SDMS Collaborate, a private online community that allows SDMS members to connect and learn from each other

The SDMS sponsors numerous events to promote learning, networking, and time together with the sonography community, including:

  • SDMS Annual Conference, held in the fall, provides learning and skills in new sonographic techniques, diagnostic accuracy, instrumentation enhancements, and practice management strategies for sonographers, physicians, educators, and students. It is designed as an in-person event for the sonography community.
  • SDMS Virtual Conference, held in the spring, is a travel-free, online learning experience for sonographers, sonography educators and students, and physicians.
  • SDMS Virtual Seminars present a stimulating program of speakers in separate events customized for sonographers, educators, and students.
  • SDMS Knowledge Series presents multiple focused topics throughout the year in a virtual webinar format with interactivity to allow participants to ask questions and receive answers from experts in real time.
  • SDMS CME Crunch Week is a second chance to view the most popular SDMS content. Attendees who have not received SDMS CME credit for this content already can enjoy an opportunity to achieve valuable SDMS CME credits before the end of the year.

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.
https://www.sdms.org/membership/join-sdms/member-benefits

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:

  • Saves you time
  • Maximum convenience
  • Secure transaction
  • Continuous benefits

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 events@sdms.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.

  1. Confirm that the sound is enabled on your computer or device. Look in Settings/Sound to make sure the correct speaker is selected if there are multiple options.
  2. Check that your system volume is not muted.
  3. Check that the volume on the viewer is turned up.
  4. If you have external speakers, check:
    1. If the speakers are firmly plugged into an outlet.
    2. If the speakers are firmly plugged into your computer.
    3. If the speakers are turned on and the volume knob is turned up.
    4. If the speakers are not muted via a mute key on your keyboard
  5. If you have built-in speakers, ensure that the speakers are not muted via a mute key on your keyboard.
  6. Test audio with videos from a website such as YouTube.

Frozen Video? The steps below are successful in troubleshooting this issue for most users.

  1. Refresh your viewer.
  2. Close your viewer and relaunch it by following the link in the Zoom email you received.

If you have any questions about SDMS virtual events that are not answered here, please email events@sdms.org.

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:

Activity Application Type Application Fees for Organizational Memberships Only Application Fees for Non-Organizational Memberships
(​Including ​Individual SDMS Memberships) 
Lecture - Single Offering  $125 plus $5/credit  $425 plus $15/credit
Lecture - Multi Offering  $275 plus $5/credit  $875 plus $15/credit
Conference - Single ​Offering  $150 plus $5/credit  $450 plus $15/credit
Conference - Multi Offering  $300 plus $5/credit  $900 plus $15/credit
Self-Instructional  $150 plus $5/credit  $450 plus $15/credit
Study Group  $200  $500
C​linical Instructorship  $0  $200

Lecture

  • A live (not recorded) educational presentation of 120 minutes or less
  • Delivered in person or via electronic channels (Zoom, Facebook Live, GoToMeetings, etc.)
  • May be a single offering (occurring once to one audience and expiring after this occurrence)
  • May be a multi-offering (offered multiple times in the CME approval period, e.g., 12 months) with the same content.
  • Audience must change. Location and presenter may change. Content cannot change
  • A lecture may also be called a “presentation,” “session,” “skills lab,” or “applications training”

Conference

  • A multi-topic lecture or lectures that exceed 120 minutes in total
  • A live education conference consisting of one or more tracks with multiple presentations (i.e., unique objectives, presenters, etc.) and may span one or more days
  • Delivered in person or via electronic channels (Zoom, Facebook Live, GoToMeetings, etc.)
  • May be a single offering (occurring once to one audience and expiring after this occurrence)
  • May be a multi-offering (offered multiple times in the CME approval period, e.g., 12 months) with the same content. Audience must change. Location and presenter may change. Content cannot change

Self-Instructional activity

  • Participants view and complete CME activities at their own pace
  • Examples are (but not limited to): computer-based programs, written home-study programs, DVDs, recorded webinars, eLearning, and flashcards
  • Approved for a 12-month period, at which time a new CME application must be submitted for review and approval

Study group

  • An organization or group that meets regularly to provide planned CME activities and discuss topics with the same audience each time for 120 minutes or less. Examples are a hospital, imaging center, physician’s office, or local society
  • Maximum of 12 CME credits per study group may be issued each approval period of 12 months
  • Delivered in person or via electronic channels (Zoom, Facebook Live, GoToMeetings, etc.)

Clinical instructorship

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits sonography educational programs that meet established standards and guidelines of the profession
  • CAAHEP-accredited programs can award affiliated clinical instructors up to six CME credits per clinical instructor per calendar year for affiliated clinical instructors providing student instruction.

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 membership@sdms.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 learning@sdms.org 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.

Your user login for SDMS Collaborate is the same as your login for the SDMS website. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled on your computer to see SDMS Collaborate properly.

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:

  • First name and/or last name
  • Name of company or institution
  • Email address

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:

  • Location
  • SDMS Fellow Status
  • Designations
  • Practicing Specialties
  • Job Category/Primary Role

There are two ways to add contacts to your contact list:

  1. After performing a search in the directory, you will see an “Add as contact” button to the right of each person. Click the button for the person you want to add to send a request.
  2. If you are viewing an individual’s profile, there is a contact request button to the right of the profile photo. Click that button to send a request.

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:

  • Go to “Participate” and then “Post Message”.
  • (From an email/HTML version) Click the “Post Message” link at the top of the discussion email.

There are two ways:

  1. On the main navigation page, use the search bar to enter a keyword and then use “Show Advanced Search” to refine results. This method allows you to search across all communities.
  2. To search in a specific community, go to the landing page of the community by clicking the community of interest on the communities page. Click the “Discussions” tab. If you see a post of interest, click the subject line to see the entire discussion thread. The “Show Original Message” button at the bottom of all posts in a thread will allow you to see the very first post that started the discussion.

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:

  • Public. This is the broadest visibility option. Anyone can see the information, even without an SDMS Collaborate account.
  • Members Only. Visibility is open to anyone who has an SDMS Collaborate account. This may include non-SDMS members who have access to the Sonography Career Resources community but not to other features.
  • My Contacts. This setting restricts visibility to individuals you have connected with on SDMS Collaborate.
  • Only Me. This setting allows you to post information you want to remember but no one else will see.

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:

  • Real time. You get an email every time a new message is posted.
  • Daily digest. You get an email once daily that consolidates all posts from the previous day.
  • No email. You receive no email and can see other posts only when you log into Collaborate and the community.

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:

  1. Attach a file when you enter a discussion post. SDMS Collaborate automatically places the file in the library of the community.
  2. Upload a file by following these steps:
    1. On the main navigation page, click “Participate” and then select “Share a File.” Alternatively, from a community landing page, you can click “Create New Library Entry.”
    2. Choose a title for your file. If you want to, you can enter a description but it’s not required. You may also specify the library to receive your file but, again, that’s optional.
    3. Select an entry type (“Standard” in most cases).
    4. Click “Next” to upload the file.
    5. Click “Next” again if you want to further describe your file or add tags to help organize and categorize content (it’s optional!)
    6. Click “Finish” to post your file to the library.

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.”

There are two ways you can do this. The impact is the same, so do the method that is easier for you:

  1. Go to your profile page and click “My Account.” Choose “Community Notifications” from the drop-down menu to see a list of all communities and those where you are a subscriber. In the “Actions” column, select “Leave Community” for the discussions you wish to leave.
  2. Go to the landing page of the community you wish to leave. Click the Settings button by the title at the top of the screen. Then click “Leave Community.”