Working in an academic department, we are encouraged to become involved in the ultrasound community as well as keep abreast of the constantly changing field of sonography. After attending my first AIUM Annual Convention early in my career, I quickly realized that the AIUM was an organization in which I wanted to become more involved. The knowledge base was high and many of the members were and still are leaders in research, clinical work and patient care. It was confirmation that I make an impact on patient outcomes every time I pick up a transducer.
As a reflection of that, I wanted to grow in my AIUM membership. I took the first step in 2005 when I applied for senior membership status, which I was happy and proud to be awarded in the spring of 2006. It took me several years to take the next step, but after meeting the membership requirements, I applied to be an AIUM Fellow. It was a great feeling when I was notified that I had joined the exclusive ranks of AIUM Fellow.
Going through this process was both a professional and personal goal. It was and is an honor to be individually recognized by my peers on both a national and international level.
For those of you interested, the overall application process was straightforward and didn’t take a lot of time to complete. It was pretty clear and straightforward. Plus, the AIUM staff was excellent in keeping me updated on the process and deadlines. There were definitely times when I needed a reminder.
We are all busy with our professional and personal lives; however, I am excited and proud to have taken the steps to illustrate to myself and my peers how much I value my career in ultrasound. I appreciate the AIUM for identifying the substantial effort ultrasound professionals put forth daily for the accurate diagnosis and safety of patients.
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Teresa Bieker, MBA, RT, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, FAIUM, is Lead Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at the University of Colorado Hospital.