SDMS's core purpose is to enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography. As an SDMS member you will join an exclusive network of over 28,000 sonographers and sonography students.
The SDMS provides opportunities to earn and offer continuing medical education (CME). We also have educational resources for the sonography community.
The SDMS offers resources for the sonography industry.
The SDMS supports credentialing for sonographers and provides representation on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the sonography profession.
Formed in 2009, the SDMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization affiliated with the SDMS. The SDMS Foundation fosters professional learning and excellence by working to improve the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The SDMS provides various products for the sonography community.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS, with over 28,000 members, is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.
The SDMS prides itself on having the friendliest, most efficient staff in the industry. If you have a general question, please contact us at 800.229.9506.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is a professional organization for sonography professionals and was founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The Society achieves its purpose by:
Any student enrolled in a sonography or other healthcare-related educational program may apply to be an SDMS student member, subject to program verification. The cost is $45 per year and includes an online-only subscription to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
A typical member of the SDMS is anyone participating in or supporting the practice of diagnostic medical sonography.
SDMS members include:
SDMS members' specialties include:
SDMS members practice in:
SDMS members live in more than 40 countries on six continents including:
Anyone participating in or supporting the practice of diagnostic medical sonography can join the SDMS. Annual membership dues are established by the SDMS Board of Directors.
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You could be sent up to two dues renewal invoices by mail, depending upon when your payment is received by the SDMS. The first invoice is mailed approximately seventy-five days prior to your membership expiration date. You may also receive up to three email reminders of your membership renewal. It is important to note that the SDMS should receive your renewal at least five to seven days prior to your expiration date to ensure that there is no interruption in your membership benefits or change to your tenure with the SDMS.
Based on feedback we have received from our student members, the top three benefits are listed below. However, SDMS student members have access to all SDMS benefits other than the right to vote or hold office.
Student dues are only valid while the student is enrolled in a diagnostic medical sonography or cardiovascular technology program.
SDMS CBI membership is available to commercial firms or businesses involved in the manufacture and sale of ultrasound equipment and/or accessories, pharmaceuticals, or formal publications related to sonography or an institution involved in education and training related to sonography.
SDMS CBI membership links you to the largest sonography organization in the world currently representing more than 28,000 sonographers and all sonography specialty areas. Your membership gives you access to information, professional education, government affairs advocacy, and access to your target audience in the sonography community.
There are four easy ways to contact the SDMS:
To join the SDMS as a student member, complete a student membership application and send it, along with the Student Status Verification, to SDMS Headquarters. The Student Status Verification is provided as page two of the student membership application. Student members may also join online and upload a copy of the completed Student Status Verification form during the application process.
If your employer would like to provide SDMS membership benefits to multiple employees, the new SDMS organizational membership may be a good fit. Please review organizational member benefits here.
While the SDMS organizational membership provides the best value, in the event your employer is restricted from having a membership, bulk discounting may be provided on a case by case basis. If all membership information (new application or renewal invoice) is received at the same time, with a single payment*, the following discounts may apply:
Quantity* & Discount
10 - 24 members: 5%
25 - 49 members: 10%
50+ members: 15%
*Membership dues may be paid by check or credit card. Volume discounts do not apply to the Student membership category or other already discounted. See group membership question for more details.
SDMS Student members will be automatically moved to the Graduate membership category and assessed a dues rate of $80 USD at their next renewal date immediately following their graduation. The following year, Standard membership dues amounts will be assessed.
SDMS membership includes exclusive access to continuing medical education (CME) opportunities, a print or digital subscription to the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS), the SDMS CME Tracker, career and leadership development opportunities, access to the SDMS Salary & Benefit Reports, discounts in the SDMS Store, and more (based on membership category). To read more about the benefits of SDMS membership, click here.
CBI membership provides benefits geared directly for businesses and institutions including:
Yes, and discounts are available for two-year and three-year Standard memberships. (Because of the special SDMS student membership, graduate membership, and retired membership dues rates, these categories are not discounted if purchased in advance).
Once your membership account is setup, you do not need your member number to login. Instead, use your username (email address) and password. The SDMS website may assign new applicants a temporary member number upon application. All applications are reviewed and processed by Membership Department staff. If during our processing, we discover you were a previous SDMS member, you will be permanently assigned the old number. This is why the member number provided online is labeled as ‘temporary’. It may or may not change. Temporary, unused member numbers are deleted from our system daily.
Annual membership dues are established each year by the SDMS Board of Directors. The current dues structure is listed below:
The SDMS website currently offers over 300 FREE CME credit opportunities. The majority are from the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JDMS) and the SDMS Webinar Series. Other CME activities are added as they are developed. These opportunities are available instantly after joining for all membership categories which include CME credit opportunities.
CCI requires that you complete thirty-six CME (CEU) credits each triennial cycle. At least thirty of these thirty-six credits must be related to cardiovascular technology. See complete information on the CCI website at www.cci-online.org. SDMS suggests that you complete a minimum of twelve CME credits per year to ensure compliance with CCI requirements.
The ARDMS requires that you complete thirty CME credits every three year fixed CME period. See complete information on the ARDMS website at www.ardms.org. The SDMS suggests that you complete a minimum of ten CME credits per year to ensure compliance with ARDMS requirements.
SDMS members currently have access to over 300 CME credits through the JDMS, SDMS Webinar Series and other opportunities online. Credit can only be earned for an activity once.
Important Reminder! All SDMS CME credits awarded to SDMS members will automatically be tracked through the SDMS CME Tracker.
SDMS membership terms are set based on your join date. You may apply at any time and will receive approximately twelve months of membership from the date that your membership is processed.
Membership applications are processed in the order they are received, whether through the mail, online, or via fax. Applications received by mail may take up to an extra week for processing. You will be sent an email confirmation when your membership is active.
Join online for instant access! Once you have completed the online application and submitted your dues payment*, you may access the SDMS Members Only sections.
*Please note: Student membership is subject to program verification.
JDMS manuscript submissions may only be submitted online through SAGE Track. For complete instructions, please click here.
Each issue of the JDMS will contain several CME credit activities, which if successfully completed, will award you with continuing medical education credit. These articles and post-tests are available on the JDMS website. Completion of the online post-tests is free for members* only and unavailable for non-members. Note: You will be given only one opportunity to pass these tests with a minimum passing score of 70%.
*SDMS CME credit opportunities are not available for SDMS Retired members.
Student status verification may be supplied by your program director, clinical coordinator, or other program faculty member. The Student Status Verification section on page two of the student application must be completed and submitted with the application.
Please allow up to two weeks for processing of applications submitted by mail (and up to one week following the cashing of checks). You may call the Membership Department at 800.229.9506 x111 to check the status of your application. You will receive an email receipt when processing is completed, including instructions on accessing your online SDMS member benefits.
While the SDMS does not specifically offer a group membership option through the website, bulk discounting may be available to organizations that wish to pay for large groups of members at the same time and cannot participate in SDMS organizational membership. During the first year, group members will be pro-rated as necessary to align renewal dates, and the institution will then be able to add/remove members only on an annual basis prior to the group's billing cycle.
To request a group invoice, please Click Here to fill out the group request form.
All group members receive full SDMS member benefits, including individually mailed copies of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and access to online webinars and CME credit opportunities.
Yes. Retired or inactive healthcare professionals would join under the Retired membership category. Note that SDMS Retired members have access to all member benefits except FREE CME credit opportunities.
While CBI membership offers many valuable benefits, it is not an umbrella membership for multiple sonographers. Organizations in the CBI membership category designate a “contact person” who will receive access to all SDMS individual member benefits.
The SDMS CME Tracker tracks all SDMS-approved CME credits you complete through the JDMS, SDMS Webinar Series, SDMS website, SDMS products, the SDMS Annual Conference, and other SDMS CME providers. Completed credits are transferred to the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) daily, Monday through Friday. You will need to provide the ARDMS with certificates from non-SDMS CME activities you have completed.
NOTE: Currently, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) do not participate in the SDMS CME Tracker program.
SDMS Annual Conference registration normally occurs from May to October, and SDMS members receive significant discounts on Annual Conference registration. If you are not an SDMS member, you may be eligible to join and register online at the same time to receive the discount.
Having trouble doing this online? Contact the SDMS office at (800) 229-9506 and your purchase can be completed at your convenience.
Yes, if your article is accepted for publication in the JDMS, you may earn up to ten CME credits.
Yes, in fact, members have online access to back issues beginning in 1985.
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