Let me start by saying I hope you and your loved ones are well and weathering this tumultuous time with minimal stress and hardship. We are certainly navigating a different world now, and as healthcare workers, we are keenly aware of what it means to protect our patients, ourselves, and our families. 

As you know, we were required to cancel our Spring meeting this past April in Raleigh. So many other organizations and event-based groups have had to do the same. This has greatly impacted our society’s finances as well as how we serve our membership. So many of you rely on the NCUS to acquire your yearly CME’s, so we are tasked with finding innovative ways to serve and connect with you, our members. We have learned so much about COVID 19, but we still have so much more to learn. I hope in the coming months, we can provide a place to learn, vent, share, and work though this together. We will be reaching out via our FaceBook page and email blasts to keep us all connected and to inform you of ways we are trying to meet our mission to the membership. AT THIS TIME – we are working hard to put together a day and a half Fall Symposium on October 24th and 25th in Winston-Salem. We discussed and approved extending it to be able to offer at least 10 CME credits for this year. We do not know if we will be able to hold an “in person” meeting until we get a little closer to the date, but that is how we are moving forward for now. We are working on and investigating strategies to be flexible and nimble in changing the format of the meeting should restrictions on gatherings be locked down again this Fall.  I know some institutions are prohibiting or restricting travel and that varies across the state, but we hope to gather information as we get closer to the time of the meeting to see how we can best provide CMEs. We will always have the safety and well-being of our members at the forefront of our decision making.

Please visit our FaceBook page often as we have plans for some fun contests and information gathering surveys that I hope you will consider participating in. Things we are working on include a FUNNY PPE picture contest, a survey about how you would consider attending a future meeting (Virtual meeting, Webinar, Zoom, etc), a survey about your experiences over the past few months and the impact the coronavirus has had on the way you see patients and navigate your daily lives. That survey will be compiled and presented in the next newsletter so we can all see what each of us have been facing. 

I am very excited to let you know that we will be offering NCUS themed face masks in a variety of styles (see example of one style) and NCUS stickers to show our pride in our profession and our society. If you are a closet seamstress (like me) and have been creating face coverings or masks and would like to donate some to the society for sale, please contact me at the email address below. 

Please be on the lookout for announcements about the Fall Symposium and fun items we will make available to offset some of our significant financial loss from the Spring.

Be well and stay safe!

Diana M. Strickland, RDMS, RDCS

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North Carolina Ultrasound President