Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Happy Holidays, NCUS members! My greatest apologies on the delay of this Fall 2016 edition of our newsletter! Read on to learn how you can help a financially struggling colleague or friend attend our Spring Symposiums. The NCUS Foundation is currently accepting applications through December 31st for Symposium scholarships.

One of our new mentees, Jennifer Bowlds of South Piedmont Community College, has submitted a case study on Dent Disease. Former board member, Teresa Jones, paid homage to a mentor of hers – Dr. Carol Mittelstaedt.

And, of course, it is time to start making our plans to attend the Spring Symposium so be sure to check out the details of that!

Hudson O’Keefe, RDMS, RVT, BA

Students. Students! Students? Over the years, I’ve heard this word said with different tones. Let me take some time to persuade you that “Students” should always be used with a positive tone.

Remember when you were a student? Trying to learn something new. Trying to understand. Excited to learn from someone in the field. This is an opportunity for us to pass along what someone else gave us. To encourage, challenge, and validate is some of the best part of humanity.

Students have a spirit of learning that we should embrace our whole career. When we are around this spirit, we are more likely to share it. Continuing to learn more about the body and how we can use ultrasound for that purpose. Since technology changes, we need to continually learn how our new ultrasound tools work. We need a student perspective approach to our work. Students bring questions! They often bring questions we don’t know the answers to. Instead, of avoiding these questions, use them to learn. You can learn together and promote a culture of openness and curiosity which can help improve each other and your lab.

Students can be good workers. They can make your day easier by doing some of the work of setting up patients, taking exam notes and vital signs, and helping patients at the end of the exam. This should allow you more time to help them scan and learn the concepts and details of our field.

Taking on a student is a great way to serve someone who is just getting started in ultrasound. Your giving back to a field that helped you in the past and you might learn something that helps you provide better work for our doctors and patients. “Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions. Never know too much to learn something new.” Og Mandino

Mike Foster, RCS, RCCS, RDCS, FASE, NCUS Board President

The 2016 Fall NCUS Symposium went over well. Thanks to Cristy Webster, Laura Currie and other board of directors (BOD) for their work putting it together! Vidant/ECU’s Heart Center was a great place to have the meeting.

We had some local doctors and sonographers sharing their expertise and experience along with other speakers from other parts of North Carolina. We had many vendors supporting our meeting while showing us their latest products. It’s always interesting to see and hear what tools our industry friends are providing us to help patients.

CCI donated a Frank Netter anatomy book for one of our raffle’s. Samsung gave away a Galaxy tablet. In addition, attending members helped to support our new NCUS Foundation by participating in the 50/50 raffle.

I had a chance to speak with some of you during the breaks and lunch about some new ideas and possible directions that NCUS could try so it cn stay relevant for our members. This is my favorite part of our meetings: Getting to know each other, sharing our work experiences, and hearing ideas for the future.

I hope we will see all of you in Asheville, March 17-19th for our Spring meeting. Have a colleague come with you. Bring your enthusiasm and ideas!

Mike Foster, NCUS Board President

The NCUS Foundation mission is to provide educational opportunities in the field of diagnostic medical sonography to North Carolina sonographers and sonography students who otherwise may not be able to attend due to financial hardship. There is a lot of growth and potential for this Foundation moving forward.

At this time, this Foundation will provide for the registration fees of 2 individuals to attend Spring Conferences, specifically one sonographer and one sonography student per year. There is an application process, and an application period, which is November 1st to January 15th. Check out ncus.org/foundation for all the information.

On the NCUS website, you will also see how you can help build the foundation through donations. All donations go to fulfil the mission of the foundation and all donations are 100% tax deductible. As the Foundation grows there will be even more opportunities to significantly impact the members of our great organization.

Again, thank you for your support of the foundation in its inaugural year.

Save the Date!  


Join us at the Omni Grove Park In. In Asheville, NC  for the NCUS 2017 Annual Medical Ultrasound Symposium - March 17-19 

Three concurrent sessions in General and Vascular, Echocardiography and OB-GYN SonographyB 
Registration details coming soon! Be sure to watch NCUS.org for hotel information as well.

See you there!

On March 12, 2015, Carol Mittelstaedt, MD, FAIUM, died at an age (69 years) when she was just beginning to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. A native of Arkansas, she earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her medical degree at the University of Arkansas Medical School. She subsequently completed a radiology residency at the same institution, followed by a fellowship in diagnostic ultrasound at the University of California San Diego under George R. Leopold, MD, FAIUM, editor emeritus of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Affectionately known as Dr. Mitt, she was an ultrasound pioneer who founded the Clinical Ultrasound Service at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and was one of the first women appointed to the faculty of the Department of Radiology, where she served as director of ultrasound until 2004. Recognizing that the usefulness of medical ultrasound is dependent on the skill and knowledge of the person scanning, she founded a school of sonography at UNC.

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