The President's Letter
September 20, 2012
As ultrasound continues to evolve as a valuable tool within the many facets of medicine, the AIUM continues to endeavor to provide the most up-to-date information through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation for the medical ultrasound community. AIUM Practice Guidelines
It is a pleasure to announce that the AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of a Focused Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Scan
has been developed. This guideline was created to provide assistance to practitioners performing focused ultrasound studies of the female pelvis in the practice of reproductive medicine and infertility.
I would especially like to thank the American College of Nurse-Midwives, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine–Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Their valuable time, effort, and knowledge helped bring this document to fruition. Special thanks to Joshua Copel, MD, who directed the task force and coordinated the group involvement in the guideline’s development.
As you are aware, we have been enhancing our existing guidelines with images and interactive elements as well as adding an online CME test that provides an opportunity to earn up to 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
(free for AIUM members.) The following guidelines have been enhanced thus far: Neonatal Spine, Obstetric, Scrotal, and Neurosonography in Neonates and Infants
.First Urology Practice Accredited by the AIUM
The AIUM recently granted ultrasound practice accreditation
in urology to the Smith Institute for Urology of The North Shore LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, New York. This is the first practice to receive accreditation in the practice of urology from the AIUM. The accreditation process encourages providers of diagnostic ultrasound services to assess their strengths and weaknesses and initiate changes to improve their practices. Director of Ultrasound for the practice, Bruce R. Gilbert, MD, PhD, stated, “The AIUM accreditation process helped organize our approach and markedly improved the quality of our process.” It’s pleasing to be involved with an organization that prides itself in providing the most current and accurate information and skill training so that individuals can make the best use of this imaging modality while ensuring the safety of the patients who depend on them. AIUM Convention: Abstract Submission Deadline is 7 Days Away
With the abstract submission
deadline just 7 days away, I want to encourage all researchers, new and experienced, to submit your abstracts before the deadline of September 27, 2012. Clinicians, scientists, young faculty, and new investigators have the chance to present their findings to a diverse audience at the 2013 AIUM Annual Convention, April 6–10, 2013, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, New York. These scientific contributions are an essential part of our meeting and provide presenters the opportunity to have their work viewed by an esteemed audience. I am looking forward to experiencing the exceptional variety of sessions and abstract presentations at the 2013 AIUM Annual Convention.Ultrasound First Update
I am heartened by the increasing momentum of the Ultrasound First endeavor. As you know, this effort began in earnest early this year and is designed to call attention to the safe, effective, affordable advantages of using ultrasound first in a growing number of clinical situations. The Sound Judgment Series in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
has resulted in 9 highly cited peer-reviewed articles and many more in the queue, highlighting the clinical value of using ultrasound first in specific clinical diagnoses where ultrasound has shown comparative or superior value. This series serves as an important educational resource for our educators and clinicians.
Most recently, we’ve posted a collection of informative video clips
of leading experts describing their experience with using ultrasound first and the importance of the effort for better patient care, safety, and cost savings.
The AIUM will host an Ultrasound First Forum in early November that will expand the dialogue among medical organizations, educators, insurers, patient advocacy groups, government agencies, industry, and others. I’m looking forward to the collaboration and believe this is a critical step in the progress of this important effort. T-shirts, pins, posters, and badge holders
are now available for you to show your support of Ultrasound First. Information Overload
If you’re like me, you spend way too much time deleting and discarding irrelevant e-mails and mail that is of little or no interest to you. Sound familiar? At the AIUM, we really want to send you only the information that is of the most interest to you. This is challenging for a multidisciplinary organization because we have many members with multiple interest areas. The solution? Tell us what your primary interest area is. That way, if you’re mainly interested in musculoskeletal ultrasound, for example, we would avoid sending you something relating to fetal echocardiography. To update your profile online, go to www.aium.org
, click “My Account” on the top right, and then “Edit Your Profile.” There you’ll be able to select your primary interest area from the drop-down box at the bottom of the screen and make any other updates that will help us understand your interests and background.
I look forward to providing another update in November, following the fall board meetings and the Ultrasound First Forum.
Alfred Z. Abuhamad, MD