DuBose Receives Pioneer Award from Sonography Society

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – Terry DuBose, director of the Division of Diagnostic Medical Sonography of the Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) College of Health Related Professions, recently received the Joan Baker Pioneer Award from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) for his contributions to the field of sonography.


DuBose, who joined the UAMS faculty in 1996 to start the sonography program, received the award during the SDMS Annual Conference, held Oct. 11-14 in Las Vegas.


DuBose helped develop several new or recognized techniques in sonography, including the first documented sonograms of the female urethra, uterine arcuate vessels, the first published graph of the embryofetal heart rate, and first measurement of the growth of the fetal cranial volume. As a member of the SDMS board and chair of the Advanced Practice Sonographer Task Force, he lobbied for recognition that ultimately led to the U.S. Department of Labor including a separate definition for “sonographer” in its occupation directory, which previously listed the job as a “subset of radiologic technology.”


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) at UAMS requires two years of pre-professional course work taken at any regionally accredited college or university followed by two years of professional courses through UAMS.  The program now has 36 students taking courses at the UAMS campus or at UAMS Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Fayetteville, Pine Bluff or Texarkana.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.