Did you know the ARDMS is no longer going to maintain records of your
CME's. It is now your responsibility to keep track of your CME records.
The ARDMS has converted to a CME audit system effective
January 1, 2006. This means that beginning with the current year 2006,
you don't need to send in your CME's to the ARDMS. You must retain
your certificates for a minimum of four years just in case of an audit.
The ARDMS will conduct an annual audit of a percentage of randomly
selected registrants whose three year triennium has ended in the
previous year. The first scheduled audit will be for the January 1, 2004 -
December 31st, 2006 triennium. You will receive you 2007 annual
renewal invoice in the fall of 2006. When you pay your fee you are
agreeing that you have fulfilled the necessary requirements to meet the
minimum CME requirement.
SDMS Adds ANOTHER New Member Benefit
SDMS is pleased to announce that members can now get a discount on several sonography-related textbooks. Here are the titles you can select from:
Diagnostic Ultrasound, 3rd Edition, 2-Volume Set By Carol M. Rumack, MD, Stephanie R. Wilson, MD, J. William Charboneau, MD, Jo-Ann Johnson, MD
Clinical Guide to Ultrasonography By Charlotte Henningsen, MS, RT, RDMS, RVT
Ultrasound Secrets By Vikram Dogra, MD, Deborah J. Rubens, MD
Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography, 5th Edition By William J. Zwiebel, MD, John Pellerito, MD
Diagnostic Ultrasound, 7th Edition - Principles and Instruments By Frederick W. Kremkau, PhD
Emergency Ultrasound - Principles and Practice By Romolo Joseph Gaspari, J. Christian Fox, Paul R. Sierzenski
Pediatric Ultrasound - How, Why and When By Rose de Bruyn
Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound, 2nd Edition - How, Why and When By Abigail Thrush, BSc Physics, MSc Medical Physics, Timothy Hartshorne, HND in Biology
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, 4th Edition By Wayne R. Hedrick, PhD, David L. Hykes, PhD, Dale E. Starchman, PhD
Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2nd Edition By Rose de Bruyn
SDMS asked for your input in the recent Membership Needs Analysis Survey and will be adding additional member benefits, goods, and services in response to your requests. The addition of a discount program for textbooks is the 4th new benefit this year added to the already extensive array of exclusive SDMS member benefits.
We're taking sonography to new heights! Registration brochures will soon be in your mailboxes and online registration will open at the end of May, after the SDMS office move is complete.
Join us in Denver, Colorado, the "Mile High City", to learn from expert faculty and earn SDMS CME credit in five specialty tracks. It all takes place October 12-15, 2006.
It pays to register early. Not only are you sure to get a spot in the workshops, luncheons, and tutorials that have limited enrollment, but you will SAVE $110 by registering before the August 11 "early bird" deadline. (Savings calculated for an attendee registering for the 3-day conference on or before August 11. Pre-conference tutorials are also discounted if you register before the deadline.)
SDMS Continues to Encourage ICAVL/ICAEL to Require Sonographer Credentialing
An interesting discussion in the President's forum, a part of the SDMS Discussion Forums, brought to light the fact that ICAVL/ICAEL only requires that the technical director of the lab be credentialed, not the actual sonographers performing the exams.
The SDMS has gone 'on record' with ICAVL requesting that consideration be given to changing their accreditation standards to require sonographer credentialing. In point of fact, that request has been made by SDMS of ICVAL on previous occasions. In contrast, both the AIUM and ACR accreditation processes require sonographer credentialing.
The SDMS encourages all accredited labs to establish requirements mandating sonographer credentialing to ensure quality patient care.