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South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE, PA – South Hills School of Business & Technology recently held the 2019 Sonographers’ Symposium. Now in its eighth year, the Symposium has grown to attract attendees from all across the Northeast. The event featured renowned speakers from Johns Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson, and Penn State Universities. This year's keynote speaker was nationally known lecturer and author, Dr. Frederick Kremkau of Wake Forest University.

When Tricia Turner, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program Coordinator, recognized a need for additional educational opportunities for South Hills graduates and the local sonography community, she set out to create a platform to address that need.

"We created the symposium to offer our sonography community high-quality, continuing medical education by bringing in renowned experts in the field to share their knowledge and experiences. The symposium also allows sonographers from different facilities the opportunity to network, share their experiences, and expand their knowledge," Ms. Turner added.

In addition to featuring distinguished speakers, the symposium also creates an opportunity for South Hills graduates, now experts in their designated fields, to present an academic lecture or hands-on demonstration to a large audience. This year's conference featured presentations from four South Hills graduates, as well as two current South Hills DMS students.

The symposium’s “Technical Showcase” features major manufacturers from the ultrasound community to demonstrate some of their newest technologies and concepts. This year, representatives from Siemens, Philips, GE Healthcare, Lantheus Medical Imaging®, and Unetixs Vascular, Inc. were in attendance.

"The relationship we have developed with the manufacturing community is a win-win situation," commented Ms. Turner. "It is so important for sonographers to keep up with rapidly changing technology. The Technical Showcase allows the vendors to share this technology with a focused group, and the sonographers can witness the latest advancements from each vendor."

The real beneficiaries of the symposium over the last eight years have been the sonographers as the symposium offers attendees the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits which are required for sonographers to maintain their professional credentials.

This year's conference drew over 100 participants from 6 states, about half of whom are South Hills graduates. "We feel the symposium expands understanding as well as updates knowledge of ultrasound technology and innovative sonographic applications," commented Ms. Turner.

Plans for the 2020 Sonographers' Symposium are already underway. Stay tuned to for updates on next year's event as they become available.

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