DEC. 20, 2005 | Terry DuBose, director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was drawn to the profession after serving in the Army in Vietnam.
His work over the years in teaching and publishing in peer-reviewed journals brought him professional recognition that culminated recently in receiving the 2005 Distinguished Educator Award from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
The award, presented during the society’s recent annual conference, honors outstanding educators in the field of diagnostic medical sonography.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, with more than 17,000 members, is the largest professional association for sonographers in the world.
“It was a great honor for me but also for the DMS program and my colleagues,” DuBose said of receiving the award.
DuBose joined the UAMS faculty in 1996 as director of the sonography program in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions. He is a member of the board of directors for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the board of governors for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Technology plays an important role in the DMS program at UAMS, DuBose said, through distance education and the Web-based instruction. An interactive video network is used to provide lectures to students at the UAMS campus in
For the senior year of the bachelor’s degree DMS program, students complete Web-based courses, allowing them to participate in clinical education opportunities around the state.
“I believe we are the first completely online Bachelor of Science program in DMS in the world for certified sonographers,” DuBose said. “There are others that offer some sonography as a part of other programs such as radiologic technology, but none that offer the BS in DMS, which offers our students a lot of flexibility while at the same time enhancing their clinical experience by not confining them to a classroom.”
The UAMS DMS program is accredited in abdominal, obstetrical, gynecological, echocardiographic and vascular sonography. Job placement for graduates has not been a problem, DuBose said, for the rapidly-growing profession.
“Our students essentially all have jobs when they leave the sonography program if they want it,” he said.
In 1999, DuBose was named a fellow in the SDMS after previously being recognized by the organization for work with United States Department of Labor to establish sonography as an independent profession. DuBose led a committee of SDMS members that drafted a definition for a professional sonographer used by the Department of Labor in their professional occupation handbook.
“Sonographers had previously been grouped with radiologic technologists, but the profession has changed over time so that work in radiology is only a small part of what we do,” DuBose said. “Today sonographers are working in nursing, cardiology and many other clinical services.”
DuBose called sonography an evolving profession, driven by technology.
“Every time they come up with a bigger or faster microchip, there are more things we can do,” he said. “There is research going on now, studying possible therapeutic uses of ultrasound, including whether the sonogram procedure can be used to help break up blood clots.”
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Terry DuBose CV: http://www.uams.edu/chrp/dms/dubose.asp
Diagnostic Medical Sonography program: http://www.uams.edu/chrp/dms/default.asp
SDMS Honors DuBose With Distinguished Educator Award: http://www.obgyn.net/displayarticle.asp?page=/news/SDMS2005_Dubose_award