Allied Health sonography student recognized by Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
(From left) Don Milburn, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, corporate member SDMS fellow; Erin Leonhardt; and Laurinda Andrist, RDMS, RDCS, immediate past president of the SMDS board. Ms. Leonhardt was presented with her cash prize and commemorative plaque at the SDMS conference in October in Dallas, Texas.
Recent School of Allied Health Professions graduate Erin Leonhardt has been awarded the first-place prize in the literature review category of the W. Frederick Sample Student Excellence Award. As first-place winner, Ms. Leonhardt received a cash award from the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and had her paper published in the society’s journal, the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Ms. Leonhardt co-authored the literature review with LLUMC staff sonographer Phil-Ann Tan-Sinn, RDMS, RDCS, RVT. “Septo-Optic Dysplasia: A Neurosonographic Review” appeared in the November/December 2005 issue of the journal. The article is available for review at <http://jdm.sagepub.com/>.
Ms. Leonhardt studied in the two-year diagnostic medical sonography program and finished her coursework in October 2005.
The School of Allied Health Professions paid for Ms. Leonhardt to attend the annual SDMS conference in Dallas, Texas, during October. There she received her cash award and a commemorative plaque from the society.
“It was such an unforgettable experience to be with other sonographers and doctors from around the United States,” she says. “The lecturers that spoke at the conference were well-known authors and practitioners, from all over the country, in the field of ultrasound. I had never been to a conference like this before. It was such a great learning experience!”
Erin Leonhardt’s first-place win was an honor for the School of Allied Health Professions in addition to the winner herself, says Craig Jackson, JD, MSW, dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.
Ms. Leonhardt’s program director, Marie DeLange, RDMS, RDCS, speaks highly of the former student.
“Erin is an outstanding student in every way. Very bright, very thoughtful, and helpful to her fellow students,” Ms. DeLange says.
Ms. Leonhardt chose her topic, septo-optic dysplasia, an intracranial malformation, as it closely correlated to her studies at LLU as well as her undergraduate studies.
“Being a neuroscience major in college, the topic piqued my interest,” Ms. Leonhardt says. “Phil-Ann Tan-Sinn brought the case to my attention and I thought that SOD would be an excellent topic to write about because of its association with neuroscience and its rarity.”
Since finishing her studies at LLU, Ms. Leonhardt has returned to the San Francisco Bay area, where she was born and raised. She works as a full-time diagnostic medical sonographer at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, located on the west bay.