How We Protect Your Information
We employ the encryption and security technology and fraud detection techniques in all areas where you provide us with personal or account information. This is done to protect you from unauthorized use of the information you are sending to our servers. Secure areas such as online ordering, member profile, etc. use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption to protect the information being displayed and submitted via a web browser.
We are constantly monitoring our online resources to help prevent the spread of viruses. However, we recommend you always have antivirus software installed on your computer and ensure it is always up-to-date (your software's virus definition files should be updated daily or weekly). Periodic antivirus scanning of your computer is also recommended. Certain computer viruses can capture personal information and/or cause considerable damage to your computer's configuration or infect other users' computers.
What Information Do We Collect and How Do We Use It?
To enhance our website and the services we provide, we may track how our visitors are interacting with the web site using Google Analytics. Specific user information such as name, SDMS Member number, and email address, is not included in this analysis.
Like most web sites, our website sometimes uses "cookies" - small files placed temporarily in your web browser - to keep track of your stay at our website and to personalize the information provided to you. The text in a cookie, by itself, only tells us that you have visited our website before.
If you share a computer with someone else (e.g., at work), you should be careful to log out of the SDMS website when you are done. Your username and password is your key to SDMS benefits and services...it should never not be shared with others.
A valid email address is required to setup a SDMS website account and access member-only resources. Members who provide an email address as part of their website account setup will receive email transactional messages from the website (e.g., confirmations, password reset, etc.) and your member services (e.g., dues notifications, learning opportunities,etc.). The SDMS also delivers a wide range of information to its members via email. Manage your communications preferences in your website account profile: https://www.sdms.org/membership/manage-membership/my-profile. If you are not a current SDMS member and would rather not receive email from the SDMS, click here to unsubscribe or call (214) 473-8057.
We do not share email addresses collected from our membership so providing us with your email address simply helps us deliver your membership services and benefits. In certain cases, however, your email address may be used by the SDMS or our partners to deliver member benefits. For example, if you access a member benefit such as a CME program hosted on a partner's web site, we may pass your name, email address, and SDMS/certification number to the partner's web site solely so they can log your participation and deliver a CME certificate via email.
When you join or renew SDMS membership, place an order, or participate in a promotion or contest, we ask you to provide information which may include your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, certification number, date of birth, last 4 digits of social security number, or credit card number. Except to verify credit card information to complete your order, we do not use, store, or release credit card or financial information. A member's date of birth and last 4 digits of social security number are used for identity verification and continuing education tracking - this information will not be released for any purpose.
Continuing Medical Education Records
When you complete continuing medical education (CME) through the SDMS, we maintain this information and may provide verification of completion to certification/credentialing organizations through our SDMS CME Tracker program (click here to view your CME transcript).