Summer, 2010

Summer, 2010

One of the best parts of the annual meetings is catching up with friends that I only get to see once or twice a year.  I always look forward to running into former classmates, coworkers and board members and industry friends.  Now there is another way to keep up friends in the ultrasound field.  The North Carolina Ultrasound Society has joined the world of social networking with a Facebook page.  Members are encouraged to join the group and keep track of society happenings, friends in the field, and even post pictures from the meetings.  We are new to Facebook so please help our members list grow by searching for the North Carolina Ultrasound Society and sending us a request to join.  We look forward to seeing you in our list of members! 

Our thanks to everyone who attended the Spring Meeting at the Sheraton Imperial.  We had a great time and some amazing speakers. It is because of your continued support that we are able to put these meeting together with lectures from high caliber speakers.
We hope everyone enjoyed the 50/50 raffle. We gave away a little over $400.00 over the entire weekend. If you did not participate or win don’t worry we are going to continue with this new tradition. 
Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Quiz Bowl, the Doppler Darlings and Heart Attackers from Pitt Community College. Thanks to all the students that participated in the scientific exhibits.
We have had some changes in the board. Wendy Barnhardt was our President for 2010-2011, however, she has taken an applications position with Siemens. We wish her all the best and know that we will still see her at the meetings. We would like to welcome the new board members and congratulate Mary Alice Bradley on being President. 
Thank you for you continued support and we can’t wait to see you all next at the Fall Meeting October 30, 2010 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Best Regards,
Allison Grant
NCUS Past President

Scientific Exhibit Competition Winners

1st Place General/OB - Melissa Culler
2nd Place General/OB - Maggie Searcy, Heather Jordan, Lori Gray
3rd Place General/OB - Jessica York

1st Place Echo/Vas - Tracy Ralston
2nd Place Echo/Vas - Amy Gross
3rd Place Echo/Vas - Brittany Byrd

After years of planning, ARDMS has released the specifics of the new recertification assessment program.  Along with annual renewal fees and CME requirements, the recertification assessment will become the third requirement in maintaining active ARDMS registry status.   In 2010, all ARDMS credentials will be valid for 10 years.  During the last three years of that 10 year period, registrants will take a recertification examination in each clinical specialty area in which they are registered.  The recertification examinations, will be available online for Registrants to take beginning in 2019.   There will be no charge for Registrants who pass the recertification examination(s) on the first attempt.  Registrants will have up to three attempts to pass the recertification assessments for each specialty area in which they hold certifications.
Recertification Assessment Program Fast Facts:
  • Examinations to begin in 2019
  • No charge for 1st attempt for each specialty
  • Online Examinations  (not at a testing center)
  • Open book/resource
  • Specialty content only, no general physics
  • Approximately 50 questions 
  • ARDMS credentials will be valid for 10 years
  • Required standard for ARDMS organizational accreditation
For more information on the upcoming ARDMS recertification assessment program visit

Greetings to all new and returning NCUS members.  

I would like to personally thank all of you who attended the 29th annual symposium in March at the Sheraton Imperial in Raleigh, NC.  Overall, the meeting was a success and the Board of Directors will be reviewing surveys and discussing your feedback and ideas at the upcoming June board meeting.

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through a new year (2010).  As we face new fiscal challenges as a society and as sonographers, I would like to challenge each and every one of you to be “active” in your society.  We should never forget that we are the largest and most active state ultrasound society in the nation and that this status cannot be maintained without your continued support and participation. 
 The planning for the fall 2010 meeting is underway. We will be at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill, October 30th, 2010. We are going to be having some great lectures. This will be the first fall meeting that will run an Echo lecture hall separately, so if you need “Echo” CME’s mark your calendars now and   check the website for registration information, updates and further details.

Again, thanks for your continued support and please do encourage your co-workers to join the society. Our success is dependent upon you and your peers. 


Alice Bradley, M.Ed, BHS,  RTR, RDMS  
North Carolina Ultrasound Society President