The Buzz in Orlando

From the moment you stepped foot inside the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort, you knew this was going to be a different kind of AIUM Convention. Maybe it was the new venue. Maybe it was all the new offerings. Maybe it was the excitement about connecting and reconnecting with colleagues from around the world.IMG_7012

Whatever it was, it caused a buzz in Orlando.

If you were in Orlando, we hope you felt the same. If you were unable to make it this year, here are a few of the highlights (you can see and learn even more if you search #AIUM19 on your favorite social media site):

 

IMG_7019 copyNew Offerings—Each year, the AIUM and the Annual Convention Committee look to enhance and improve the event. This year was no exception. To get the juices flowing, attendees could participate in a morning exercise class that varied each day. We added the Recharge Lounge where attendees could relax and charge up their devices. We partnered with the International Contrast Ultrasound Society on a one-day educational event. And we enhanced the Meet-the-Professor sessions.

SonoSlam—In its fourth year, 24 teams battled it out for the coveted Peter Arger Cup. The University of Connecticut’s team, PoCUS Maximus, came out on top–and defended their title! Save the date for next year—March 21 in New York City! Big thanks to headline sponsor Canon.

 

 

Social Media—From Instagram to Twitter to Facebook, Convention attendees were very active on social media at #AIUM19. And, for the first time, there was a takeover! Kristy Le, a recent RDMS graduate, took the reigns of our social accounts to give her perspective on the AIUM Convention! Search #AIUM19 to get her take!Twitter_AIUM19

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Networking–It’s not an AIUM event if there isn’t networking. IMG_6998 copyThis year there were even more opportunities to make new contacts and reconnect with colleagues from around the world. From the morning workouts to the Presidential Reception. From Community meetings to the Welcome Reception. From the intimate Meet-the-Professor sessions to the Exhibit Hall breaks. You almost couldn’t help but expand your network.

Global Plenary—AIUM President Brian Coley, MD, hosted the Plenary session that featured a lecture on reducing workplace injuries from Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT, RDMS, RVS, FSDMS, FAIUM, Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. This talk launched a series of sessions and events at the AIUM Convention that focused on ergonomics. The entire Plenary Session is available on the AIUM Facebook Page.

Fun Activities—Not only was #AIUM19 educational, it was also fun. Buttons_IMG_1967_EDITEDThis year attendees could participate in morning exercise classes (yoga, jogging, bootcamp); do a scavenger hunt with the AIUM app (Congrats to Julie Abe, MD, from Brazil for winning the free #AIUM2020 registration); collect specialty-specific buttons (Congrats to Joanne Richards, RT, RDMS, RT on winning the smartwatch for collecting at least 15 buttons); and participate in Industry Symposia.

 

Sold-out Exhibit Hall—This year’s exhibit hall was the most exciting and active it has ever been. There were more new companies at this year’s event than ever, making the exhibit hall vibrant and exciting! IMG_7035New product releases, special offers, and cool giveaways created a buzz we haven’t seen in years. Plus, there was cake! Thanks to all the exhibitors!

Award Winners—The AIUM was proud to recognize the following award winners (look for upcoming blog posts and/or videos from some of these individuals):

James A. Zagzebski, PhD–William J Fry Memorial Lecture Award
Steven R. Goldstein, MD, FAIUM—Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award
Keith A. Wear, PhD, FAIUM—Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award
Kevin David Evans, PhD, RT, RDMS, RVS, FAIUM—Distinguished Sonographer Award
Michael Blaivas, MD, MBA, FAIUM, FACEP—Peter H. Arger, MD Excellence in Medical Student Education Award
Bryann Bromley, MD, FAIUM—Carmine M. Valente Distinguished Service Award
Liat Gindes, MD—AIUM Honorary Fellow
Tammy Stearns, MS, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, FSDMS—AIUM Honorary Fellow

The AIUM also recognized the life and achievements of these individuals who were inducted into the Memorial Hall of Fame:

Michael L. Manco-Johnson, MD
Terry J. DuBose, MS, RDMS, FAIUM, FSDMS
Donald Baker

Up and Comers—In addition to our national awards, the AIUM also recognizes its New Investigators. This year’s winners and runners-up are:

Basic Science
Winner—Viktor Bollen, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago for “A Comparison Of Thrombus Dissolution Efficacy With Single And Multiple-Cycle Histotripsy Pulses In Vitro.
Runner-Up–Lakshmanan Sannachi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physical Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for “Quantitative Ultrasound Texture-Derivative Methods Combined with Advanced Machine-Learning for Therapy Response Prediction: Method Development and Evaluation.”

Clinical Ultrasound
Winner—Misun Hwang, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania for “Quantitative Detection of Brain Injury with Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Neonates and Infants.”
Runner-Up–Michal Fishel Bartal, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas at Houston (UTHealth) for “Validation of 3D Power Doppler Volume Analysis in Patients with 2D Ultrasound Suspected Morbidly Adherent Placenta.

Convention attendees say that the reason they attend this event is because of the multi-specialty nature of the AIUM. This event brings together physicians, sonographers, scientists, students, and others from at least 20 specialties–all focused on medical ultrasound! No other event–or professional society–does this. To all of those who joined us in Orlando, thanks and we hope you were able to take back some contacts, a lot of information, and resources to improve patient care. For everyone else, we hope to see you in New York City for AIUM2020.

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Life Hacks for the 2019 AIUM Convention

If you will be joining us in Orlando for the 2019 AIUM Convention, here are a few things you can do to get the most out of your experience:

GET REGISTERED

Register to attend the 2019 AIUM Conventionthe meeting for medical ultrasound, if you haven’t done so already. You have the choice of registering for the whole convention or selecting a 1-day registration, which is available for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Up to 7 CME credits can be earned for each 1-day registration, for a total of up to 28 credits!

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GET THE APP

Before and during the convention, use the app to plan your schedule, read about sessions, take notes, learn about exhibitors, and engage with other attendees. To keep on top of all things #AIUM19, download the eventScribe app now:

(1) Download eventScribe
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(2) Find our event by searching
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Then, check out the quick video tutorials on how to get the most out of the app.

 

GET SOCIAL

Connect on social media with #AIUM19 on Connect, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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GET AROUND

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are approximately 18 miles from Orlando International Airport (MCO), which offers information on multiple forms of transportation. The hotels also offer complimentary transportation to Disney® theme parks. For the current shuttle schedule, access the Bonnet Shuttle website, visit the front desk, or call the hotel at 407-597-3600.

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GET MOVING

Each morning of the main convention, at 6:30 am, join us for a bit of fitness to start your day.

  • Sunday: Morning Run (meet in the Hilton Lobby)
  • Monday: Yoga (meet in the Bonnet Creek Pavilion on the Ground Level)
  • Tuesday: Morning Run (meet in the Hilton Lobby)
  • Wednesday: Boot Camp (meet in the Bonnet Creek Pavilion on the Ground Level)

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GET MORE 

New this year: Power Hour Lunch. This year you have the opportunity to attend sessions during lunch. Grab a bite in the Exhibit Hall and keep the learning going!

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GET A 1ST LOOK AT NEW PRODUCTS

Visit the Exhibit Hall to see the following new products:

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While you’re in the Exhibit Hall, check out MEDNAX in booth 504 to learn about career opportunities for radiologists and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. And stop by the ARDMS (booth 228) to pick up one of their “world-famous” pizza cutters.


GET SOME REST

Need to relax? Need to charge your cell phone? Do both at the new Recharge Lounge, located just outside the Exhibit Hall.

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GET BUTTONS

Throughout the convention, we have scattered buttons, each representing 1 of the 20 AIUM specialty-focused communities. Collect all of the communities! If you collect at least 15, you can enter a drawing to win a smartwatch.

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GET REFRESHMENTS

If you are feeling a bit peckish, stop by the Exhibit Hall or the Foyer just outside of it to grab some refreshments.

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GET TOGETHER

Check out the many networking opportunities available at the 2019 AIUM Convention:

  • Attend community meetings to meet with colleagues in your specialty
  • Mingle at the Welcome Reception
  • Connect with other attendees using the Mobile App
  • Stop by our Resource Booth to volunteer to get involved

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Bigger and Better in the Big Apple

Last week a near-record 1,500 physicians, sonographers, scientists, students, and educators from across the country and around the world gathered in New York City to network, share, and learn. It was, by all accounts, one of the biggest and best AIUM Conventions yet!

What it made so great? A variety of educational opportunities covering a wide range of topics addressing at least 19 different specialties is just the start. More interaction across disciplines to share techniques, more hands-on learning labs, new product releases, and collaborative learning events added to the excitement and collegiality.

If you were in New York City, we hope you shared your feedback in the follow-up surveys. If you were unable to make it this year, here are a few of the highlights:

New Offerings—As if putting on the AIUM Convention weren’t enough, we decided to make a host of changes. We doubled the number of hands-on learning labs (most sold out), we added the more intimate Meet-the-Professor sessions (again, most sold out), we enhanced networking by adding exhibit hall receptions, we brought back the mobile app to make navigating the event easier, and we invited our corporate partners to host Industry Symposia, which included education, networking, and food. Whew!

New Offerings

SonoSlam—In its third year, a record number of medical schools (21) sent teams to compete for the coveted Peter Arger Cup. This year’s winning team, F.A.S.T. and Furious, is from the University of Connecticut. They competed last year and had so much fun they returned and were triumphant! Save the date for next year—April 6. Big thanks to headline sponsor CoapTech.

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Global Plenary—AIUM President Brian Coley, MD, hosted the Plenary session that featured a lecture on global health from John Lawrence, MD, President of the Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders-USA. This was followed by Roberto Romero, MD DMedSci, who presented the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture on ultrasound imaging and computational methods to improve the diagnosis and care of pregnant women and their unborn children. The entire Plenary Session is available on the AIUM Facebook Page.

Social Media—This year was the most active social media convention ever for the AIUM. StatsFrom streaming live videos on Facebook to more than 754 individuals participating and sharing on Twitter (a 50% increase over last year), the social media scene was active and engaging.

Fun Activities—Not only was #AIUM18 educational, it was also fun. This year attendees could participate in a morning jog through Central Park; do a scavenger hunt with the AIUM app (Congrats to Offir Ben-David, RDMS, from Stamford, CT, and Jefferson Svengsouk, MD, MBA, RDMS, from Rochester, NY, for winning prizes by completing the scavenger hunt); network during 3 different AIUM receptions and the new Industry Symposia; and win prizes at the AIUM booth (Congrats to Jenna Rothblat who won a free 2019 AIUM Convention registration).

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Sold-out Exhibit Hall—This year’s exhibit hall was the most exciting and active it has ever been. At least 3 companies unveiled new ultrasound machines and several others shared their insights with live video feeds. Combine that with networking receptions and New York street fare at lunchtime, and the exhibit hall was always the place to be.

Award Winners—AIUM was proud to recognize the following award winners (look for upcoming blog posts and videos from some of these individuals):

Wesley Lee, MD, FAIUM—Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award

William D. Middleton, MD—Joseph H. Holmes Clinical Pioneer Award

Thomas R. Yellen-Nelson, PhD, FAAPM, FAIUM—Joseph H. Holmes Basic Science Pioneer Award

Tracy Anton, BS, RDMS, RDCS, FAIUM—Distinguished Sonographer Award

Alfred Abuhamad, MD, FAIUM—Peter H. Arger, MD Excellence in Medical Student Education Award

Creagh Boulger—Carmine M. Valente Distinguished Service Award

Rachel Liu—Carmine M. Valente Distinguished Service Award

Lexie Cowger—Carmine M. Valente Distinguished Service Award

Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, MD, PhD—AIUM Honorary Fellow

Simcha Yagel, MD, FAIUM—AIUM Honorary Fellow

E-poster winners—Every year, the AIUM supports an e-poster program. This year, a record number of abstracts were submitted and the AIUM recognized the following e-poster winners:

  • First place, Basic Science: Construction and Characterization of an Economical PVDF Membrane Hydrophone for Medical Ultrasound, presented by Yunbo Liu, PhD, from the FDA, Silver Spring, MD.
  • First place, Education: Investigation into the Role of Novel Anthropomorphic Breast Ultrasound Phantoms in Radiology Resident Education, presented by Donald Tradup, RDMS, RT, from Mayo Clinic-Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Department of Radiology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
  • First place, Clinical Science: Sonography of Pediatric Superficial Lumps and Bumps: Illustrative Examples from Head to Toe presented by Anmol Bansal, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine.
  • Second place, Basic Science: Strain Rate Imaging for Visualization of Mechanical Contraction, presented by Martin V. Andersen, MS, from Duke University.
  • Second place, Education: Tommy HeyneSonography in Internal Medicine, Baseline Assessment (MGH SIMBA Study), presented by Tommy Heyne, MD, MSt, Massachusetts General Hospital-Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Second place, Clinical Science: Serial Cervical Consistency Index Measurements and Prediction of Preterm Birth < 34 Weeks in Twin Pregnancies, presented by Vasilica Stratulat, CRGS, ARDMS, MD, Sunnybrook Health Sciences.

Up and Comers—In addition to our national awards and our eposter winners, the AIUM also recognizes its New Investigators, which this year were sponsored by Canon.

Nonclinical
Winner— Ivan M. Rosado-Mendez, PhD, for “Quantitative Ultrasound Assessment of Neurotoxicity of Anesthetics in the Young Rhesus Macaque Brain.”

Clinical Ultrasound
Winner— Ping Gong, PhD, for “Ultra-Sensitive Microvessel Imaging for Breast Tumors:  Initial Experiences.”

Honorable Mentions
Juvenal Ormachea, MS,
for “Reverberant Shear Wave Elastography: Implementation and Feasibility Studies.”

Kathryn Lupez, MD, for “Goal Directed Echo and Cardiac Biomarker Prediction of 5-Day Clinical Deterioration in Pulmonary Embolism.”

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Life Hacks for the 2018 AIUM Annual Convention

Plan
View the full program online and, to keep on top of all things #AIUM18, download the eventScribe app now from the Apple store or Google Play store and search for AIUM 2018. imageBefore and during the convention, use the app to plan your schedule, read about sessions, take notes, learn about exhibitors, and engage with other attendees.

Learn all about the app by checking out these videos on using the app: Quick Navigation Guide, Browsing Style, Taking and Sending Notes, E-mailed Notes, Messages, and Events.

Go
Travel to the convention via plane, train, or automobile. The hotel, New York Hilton Midtown, is located on Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave) between West 53rd and West 54th Streets. To get to the hotel from 1 of the 3 nearby airports, or Grand Central Station, Penn Station, or Port Authority, which are all within approximately 20 minutes of the hotel, you can take a taxi or rideshare service. To get around the city, walk or take the subway, a taxi, or a rideshare.

Follow
Stay in the know by following the AIUM and the Convention on Twitter (#AIUM18), Instagram (AIUMultrasound), vimeo, LinkedIn, and Facebook as we share news and events, as well as photos and videos.

Learn and Network

  • Two preconvention postgraduate courses will be offered on Saturday, March 24. Additional fees apply.
  • We doubled the number of hands-on Learning Labs. Our Learning Labs provide an up-close and personal learning experience while earning CME credit.
  • Learn from leading ultrasound experts in small group settings in Meet-the-Professor sessions. There are a dozen Meet-the-Professor events to choose from. Each comes with lunch. Separate registration fee is required. If you haven’t registered, act quickly because more than half the sessions are sold out.
  • The AIUM has added 2 networking receptions to the Convention schedule. Plan to meet up with colleagues, explore the latest technology, and ask questions you may have during these cocktail and hors-d’oeuvre events on the Exhibit Hall floor.
  • The AIUM received a record number of research abstracts for the 2018 AIUM Convention. This research will be shared by AIUM’s new investigators, abstract presenters, and e-poster submitters throughout the event.
  • Community and Interest Group Meetings: Meet with other ultrasound professionals who share your interests, plan future AIUM educational programs, and discuss the issues in your specialty.

Exercise
Start your day off with some exercise: join your colleagues and AIUM staff each morning from 6:30–7:15 am for a 3-mile run/walk around New York City’s Central Park. You’ll meet up in the Main Lobby at 6:30.

Hunt
Join the Scavenger Hunt at the convention: download the eventScribe app (search AIUM18) to get started on your chance to win one of several prizes that will be awarded upon completion of the game. A grand prize winner will be announced Tuesday afternoon.

Earn

CME      Earn up to 6.5 CME credits during the Preconvention and 29.5 CME credits during the Convention.

ARRT    Earn up to 6.5 ARRT credits during the Preconvention and 29.5 ARRT credits during the Convention.

SAMs     The American Board of Radiology (ABR) has approved 7 Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) activities from our upcoming 2018 Convention.

UGRA    One session at the Preconvention and 8 sessions at the Convention have been added to the UGRA Portfolio program’s course offerings.

Please note that although the AIUM provides CME certificates to those who have participated in an AIUM educational activity, the AIUM does not submit credits to regulating bodies or certifying organizations on behalf of the participant. It is the participant’s responsibility to submit proof of credits on his or her own behalf.

Explore

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When you’re not attending the convention, check out some of what New York has to offer. Here is a short list of just a small portion of what is out there, including museums, parks, iconic buildings, and more. And, don’t forget to check out minus5° in the hotel’s lobby, where everything in the bar is made of ice, including the glasses.

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We recently had the opportunity to travel to Taipei for the 16th World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) Congress. Given that it was our first international conference and our first time traveling to Asia, we knew we had an exciting opportunity in attending this conference, but there was some apprehension and concerns about logistics and what to expect with international travel. The conference planning committee, however, really put in hard work to plan a wonderful conference and execute the conference without many hitches. The conference staff members were unbelievable— they were always happy to help, ensured that everyone knew where to go, communicated with conference guests professionally, ensured excellent delivery of talks, and even assisted in tours of the countryside. Every detail was attended to by the planning committee. Our apprehensions about the conference and a foreign land evaporated the first day, as we were fascinated by the beauty of the city and the hospitality of the citizens.

Dr Yusef Sayeed and Dr Kate Sully

 

Yusef:

Last Spring I was approached by AIUM to present a lecture at WFUMB. I had served in leadership roles within AIUM and presented sessions at the national conferences already, so I was happy to be able to serve in this role. I presented a few talks that covered topics from regional blockade for acute trauma to interventional guidance with a focus on regenerative medicine techniques. I thought that these would be good additions to an ultrasound conference because this is a relatively new approach to treating musculoskeletal pain and injury.

As an interventional pain physician with primary specialty training in occupational medicine, that evaluates and treats work injury with interventional techniques, I was astounded to see the level of training and use of ultrasound for the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Our international counterparts are doing much to advance the field in both diagnosis and treatment, which was apparent at the expansive range of presentations and posters at the conference. As the evidence continues to mount for the utility of ultrasound in the point-of-care model for musculoskeletal injuries in the United States, it has already been well established by our international counterparts. I am really looking forward to returning to WFUMB in the future and would encourage colleagues to attend this wonderful conference!

 

Kate:

Attending the WFUMB conference was really a remarkable experience. It allowed me, for the first time, to learn how medicine, and ultrasound in particular, is approached in another part of the world. But not just one other part of the world. In fact, 49 countries were represented at the conference, allowing me to connect and learn from colleagues I would never have met otherwise.

The conference lecture series was robust, with several different tracks tailored to multiple different specialties. As an interventional physiatrist, I use ultrasound to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pathology. Each year at AIUM’s conference, there are several MSK lectures, some of which I have presented myself. At the WFUMB conference, the MSK lectures covered many topics, offered hands-on workshops, and included well thought-out research. I’ve long recognized that ultrasound is a fantastic tool in medicine and its utility in our country is expanding. I was happy to learn, however, that there is also outreach to integrate ultrasound in struggling nations as well and that WFUMB may be an excellent institute to facilitate that outreach. It’s notable to recognize that ultrasound can be such a valuable tool in different settings with very different financial means. In the closing ceremonies, I was humbled to receive the “Young Investigator Award” for research that I had presented that week, “Work-Related Repetitive Use Injuries in Ultrasound Fellows,” but I was especially grateful for a fantastic educational and cultural experience during my first international conference.

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How have you seen ultrasound incorporated into medical care in other nations? If you have attended any conferences that required international travel, what was your experience? Comment below or let us know on Twitter: @AIUM_Ultrasound.

 

Yusef Sayeed, MD, MPH, MEng, CPH, DABPM, is an interventional pain and occupational medicine specialist at the Battle Creek VA in Michigan.

Kate Sully, MD, DABPMR, is an interventional pain and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Battle Creek VA in Michigan.

Life Hacks for the 2016 AIUM Annual Convention

The 2016 AIUM Annual Convention is less than a week away. Although it was about six months ago that we opened registration, that time just cruised by much too quickly. We here at the AIUM office just said goodbye to the truck full of convention goodies. Next time we see all that stuff, we will be in New York City.

For those meeting us there, here is what you need to know.

  1. Plan Now.

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If you haven’t started planning, what are you waiting for? The Program book and proceedings are online now so get busy.

  1. Get Slammed.

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AIUM is proud and excited to host its inaugural SonoSlam student competition. Teams from medical schools from across the country are competing for bragging rights and the Peter Arger Cup. If you have time, come check it out on Thursday, March 17.

  1. Speaking of Thursday, March 17…

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Yep, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And in New York City that means there is a parade. If you are coming in that day or trying to get around please allow yourself extra time. The parade starts at 11:00 AM.

  1. Give Me Internet.

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There will be complimentary internet access on the exhibit hall floor. Select “Hilton Meeting Room Wifi” and enter code AIUM16. This only works on the exhibit hall floor.

  1. Now Get Social.

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Follow and participate in all the action by using#AIUM16. We will be on Periscope, live tweeting the event, and sharing photos and videos.

  1. Stay Informed.

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In addition to social media, the AIUM will be sending a daily eblast to all Convention registrants letting them know of any room changes and sharing the next day’s highlights. Keep a look out!

  1. Get Your Ribbons.

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You might notice that getting your Convention ribbons will be a bit different this year. While some might be in your materials, the AIUM has created a ribbon station where you can select those that pertain to you.

  1. Cases Go Digital.

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One of the most popular aspects of the AIUM Annual Convention is the Case-of-the-day Challenge. This year you will find these on dedicated computer kiosks on the Exhibit Hall Floor! Test your diagnostic skills!

  1. Run, For Fun

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Join us on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 for a group run. Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 AM. Runners will leave promptly at 6:00 AM. Just one more way to see the city—plus you can network with fellow runners. All abilities welcomed!

We can’t wait to see you in New York City! Don’t forget to tag and share #AIUM16 on all your social media platforms.

16 Years and Counting

Every year I look forward to February for a number of reasons. One is that I know spring in North Carolina is just around the corner. Another is that I know I will be escaping to Florida for a long weekend to attend my favorite ultrasound course, the AIUM Advanced Ultrasound Seminar: OB/GYN.

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I am a general OB/GYN and have been in practice in Durham, North Carolina, since 1998. I chose my current position because of its location, my family, and the chance to continue teaching OB/GYN residents.

In my early years as a resident educator, it was easy to teach the residents. But as time has passed and I have gotten busier, it seems that the residents have gotten smarter. They know about changes in protocols, new medications, new technology, and more. Therefore it is important for me to continue to educate myself through reading, listening, and attending courses.

I have always had an interest in ultrasound and received a great introduction to scanning as a resident at the Medial University of South Carolina in Charleston. My program directors put a strong emphasis on using ultrasound as a tool for caring for OB and GYN patients. So I probably have an interest in ultrasound beyond most generalists and I have enjoyed coming to the AIUM course since 1999.

One of the great things about the course is that it has adapted so well with the times. I remember the first 3D and 4D imaging that this course covered and how many questions people had about how they would be used. I remember discussions about whether an anatomy scan would be worthwhile and if insurance carriers would pay for it.

In the early years of the course there would be many long lectures about the frequency of X, the p values of certain markers, the RR of this thing or that thing, unreadable tables and presentations, and more. Recently, however, the course has become more evidence-based and clinically relevant for all participants. This has made the course even more worthwhile and shows that the enthusiastic and collegial faculty have dedicated their lives to medical ultrasound.

As we begin to move into fall and then winter, I start to long for February—for obvious reasons. I hope to see you in Florida.

Is there anything you have attended for more than a decade? What made it special? Have questions about the AIUM OB Course? Comment below or let us know on Twitter: @AIUM_Ultrasound.

Frank Frenduto, M.D., is a managing partner and a board member for the Women’s Health Alliance in Durham, NC. His special interests are high-risk pregnancies, laparoscopic surgery, and gynecologic ultrasound.