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ARDMS (name)

American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

CCI (name)

Cardiovascular Credentialing International

ASE (name)

American Society of Echocardiography

GHSE (name)

Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography

AIUM (name)

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

ICAEL (name)

Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

ICAVL (name)

Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories

ACR (name)

American College of Radiology

ACC (name)

American College of Cardiology

NBE (name)

National Board of Echocardiography

RDCS (name)

Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer

RVT (name)

Registered Vascular Technologist

SVU (name)

Society of Vascular Ultrasound

ARDMS
American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

You go here for your Registry, Credential, & Recertification

Promotes quality care and patient safety through the certification and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals.
-Evaluates and certifies the proficiency of sonographers

CCI
Cardiovascular Credentialing International

To prepare and conduct examinations to test the qualifications of candidates seeking credentialing as registered or certified cardiovascular technologists.
To grant and issue certificates to qualified cardiovascular technologists.

CCI administers examinations for the following Credentials:

RCES: Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist
RCIS: Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
RCS: Registered Cardiac Sonographer
RVS: Registered Vascular Specialist
CCT: Certified Cardiographic Technician

CCI-registry credentials are awarded to those applicants who successfully complete:

1) Cardiovascular Science exam (or granted exemption)
2) Registry examination (in specialty requesting credentialing)

ASE
The American Society of Echocardiography

an organization of professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care through:
-education
-advocacy
-research
-innovation
-service to our members and the public

GHSE
The Greater Houston Society of Echocardiography

an organization of physicians, sonographers, nurses, students & industry representatives who meet to:

-Foster excellence and continuing education in a collegial atmosphere,
-Encourage and enhance the physician and sonographer relationship,
-Promote awareness of emerging technologies
-To interpret local and national policy issues

AIUM
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
mission statement

Sets the safety limits

A multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation

Why join the AIUM?

•keep me up-to-date in my field
•To receive the monthly Journal and to use the CME opportunities
•benefits that provides education, publications, continuing education credits and great networking
•indicates a level of commitment to the profession
•extra resources and involvement in ultrasound
•AIUM has a great reputation for providing quality CME's

AIUM membership will provide:

•The latest information and knowledge in the field
•Opportunities to obtain CME credits, discounts for meetings, update my knowledge in ultrasound by reading the articles in the JUM
•Knowledge, professionalism, on-going research, support from ultrasound community
•Educational material that will help me grow as a sonographer
•Info on new techniques, studies, etc. to keep up to date
•Improved ultrasound skills and scope

ICAEL
Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

dedicated to promoting high quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation.

ICAVL
Intersocietal Commission of Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories

dedicated to promoting high quality noninvasive vascular diagnostic testing in the delivery of health care by providing a peer review process of laboratory accreditation

ACC
American College of Cardiology

From the patients' point of view. Geared for the patients

current news, protocols for treatments, and A-D scale available and set up by this organization

ACC
mission statement

To advocate for quality cardiovascular care—through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines—and to influence health care policy.

ACC Core Values

Professionalism
Knowledge
Value of the cardiovascular specialist
Integrity
Member driven
Inclusiveness

NBE
The National Board of Echocardiography, Inc.

non-profit corporation established to:
-Develop and administer examinations in the field of Clinical Echocardiography,

And develop a certification process that will publicly recognize those physicians who have completed an approved training program in echocardiography as specified in this application and have additionally passed an examination of special competence in echocardiography administered by the NBE.

The NBE recognizes those physicians who successfully complete one of these exams

Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM)

Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ReASCE)

Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (PTEeXAM)

Recertification Examination of Special Competence in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (RePTE)

SVU
Society of Vascular Ultrasound

To represent the best interests of SVU members and promote quality vascular ultrasound services by providing educational, scientific and literary activities to our members, patients and the public.

Provides members with an online journal and newsletter, continuing medical education via seminars and annual meetings, professional performance guidelines, a job center and awards programs, and student membership.

SDMS
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A non-profit association for ultrasound professionals.

Founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

SDMS achieves its purpose by:

- seeking the cooperation of similar organizations;
- initiating and overseeing educational programs;
- stimulating and encouraging research; encouraging presentation and publication of scientific papers;
- collecting and disseminating information pertinent to the membership;
- publishing a scientific journal and a newsletter;
- reviewing and establishing policies regarding the professional status, legislative activity, and welfare of its members.

SDMS core purpose

To enhance the art and science of medicine by advancing medical sonography.

ACR
American College of Radiolgy

Members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

Has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.

ACR mission

To serve patients and society by maximizing the value of all fields of radiology by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.

Branches of sonography

Abdomen
OB/GYN
Breast
Neurosonology/opthalmology
Vascular
Adult Echocardiography
Pediatric Echocardiography
Fetal Echocardiography

CME

Continuing Medical Education

Credentialed

a sonographer who has taken and passed registry exams to earn a "credential"
ex. RDCS

Registered

a sonographer who has taken and passed both exams through a credentialing body

Three year period

Registrants need to earn a minimum of 30 CMEs within each three-year time period. The three-year CME period is based on the calendar year (January 1 though December 31).

Medicare reimbursement

To be reimbursed by Medicare for a vascular study, IT MUST BE PERFOMED BY A REGISTERED VASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST

To date there are NO SUCH REQUIREMENTS FOR ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

"registry-eligible"

DOES NOT EXIST

ARDMS's three recognized levels within our examination process:

Applicant
Candidate
Registrant

Applicant

an individual sends in an application for internal review in hopes he/she will be allowed to sit for our examination(s).

Candidate

an applicant has met all required prerequisites and is allowed to sit for ARDMS examination(s).

A candidate will receive official notification in the mail and has 90 days to take the approved examination(s).

Registrant

a candidate has successfully completed a Physics (or Principles) and Instrumentation examination with a correlating specialty examination to earn a RDMS, RDCS, or RVT credential.

To be ARDMS credentialled (RDMS, RDCS, RVT, ROUB):

First-time candidates have 5 years to successfully complete both examinations (physics and correlating specialty)

School accreditation organizations

CAAHEP
CHEA
JRC-DMS

CAAHEP (org name)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

CHEA (org name)

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

JRC-DMS (org name)

Joint Review Committee-on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

CAAHEP
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Each of the areas in which CAAHEP accredits programs represents a unique health sciences discipline. The CAAHEP accreditation system currently includes 19 health sciences professions

CHEA
Council for Higher Education Accreditation

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations

Provides an occupational and employment description for each of the 19 health sciences professions

JRC-DMS
Joint Review Committee-on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Mission- to cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in diagnostic medical sonography and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the standards.

To be Certified, need to take 2 exams:

1) SPI Exam (Sonography Principles & Instrumentation)
2) Corresponding Specialty Exam

For Re-Certification exam

50 Question, open-book Exam
NO physics exam

Recertification

Have to be Registered
Pay annual dues & have 30 CMEs in 3-year period
This is does through ARDMS
Every 10 years need to re-take test

Licensed

In TX, Echo does not need to be licensed. Only Vascular.
To be licensed, have to be registered/credentialed
Just have to pay extra for the "License"
State-wide

Registry

Nation-wide

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