The 2012 CSDMS Conference is now concluded. This Saturday we had our final sessions capped with an award luncheon before we all started on our separate ways.
Today’s talks were very interesting. The morning opened with a researcher from Dalhousie University who outlined how sonographers could develop advanced practice activities such as reporting and diagnosing their sonograms. His talk was really inspiring. Then we had a sonographer who shared her personal story of loss and what she learned about providing patient care not only to the patient but also to the family members. We also got to listen to 3 sonographer research presentations from the Ontario community that were also published in the Canadian Journal of Medical Sonography. Research is a very important part of evolving the profession and developing advance practice competencies. Finally, we had a talk on sonography for veterinary medicine that had us rolling on the floor with laughs. We saw images of dogs, cats, horses and walruses. We learned about the disease processes common with species and with breeds and we saw the specialized sonography equipment and techniques used to image animals.
I will take back a lot of learning to Ottawa, as well as a lot of new and reconnected colleagues and friends. The local conference planning committee, the CSDMS board of directors, and the CSDMS office staff did an amazing job. I can’t wait to get back together next year when the 2013 conference will be held in Winnipeg.
Marcia Docherty MA CHRP
Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography