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Misericordia Professor, Alumni, Honored by Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Sheryl Goss with Tara Cielma, left and Cara Hill, right

Sheryl Goss, M.S. R.T.(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, FSDMS, chairperson of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department at Misericordia University, is the recipient of the 2021 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Steven McLaughlin Lectureship Award. The title of her plenary presentation was "Say Yes" with the theme of the benefits of volunteerism. In addition to the award Goss received, two Misericordia alumni, Cara Hill and Tara Cielma, also won awards during the Sonographer Poster Competition at the SDMS annual meeting. 


The Stephen McLaughlin Memorial Lectureship was created as a tribute to past SDMS President Stephen McLaughlin for his service to the SDMS and his dedication to promoting sonographer professionalism within the healthcare community. 

Goss is a passionate sonographer who advocates for the highest quality and accurate patient care. For over 40 years, she has been blessed to be a clinical sonographer, educator, and volunteer. She strives to give back to the profession in honor of those who have influenced and assisted her in her journey as a sonographer. Goss has had the pleasure of serving on the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Board of Directors as secretary and president and continues to volunteer her time with SDMS. In addition to her board service with SDMS, she volunteers with the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Credentialing International, and Pathways Pregnancy Center. 


Cara Hill '15, a graduate of Misericordia University's Medical Imaging and Sonography program won first place in the Sonographer Poster Competition with her poster titled "Expect the Unexpected: Diagnosing a Rare Fourth Brachial Arch Anomaly." She currently works full-time at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC as a sonographer and as an adjunct lecturer for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Northern Virginia Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from Misericordia University in 2015 and continued her education at Misericordia to receive a Certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2016. Hill is from Binghamton, NY and graduated from Chenango Valley High School in 2011. 

Tara Cielma '19, a graduate of Misericordia University’s BS degree (ARCH program) won second place in the Sonographer Poster Competition with her poster titled "Pediatric Vocal Fold Motion Impairment." Cielma is a lead sonographer and clinical instructor at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., but has called Southern California, Ohio, and Northern Virginia home. She is credentialed by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) in abdomen, OB/GYN, neurosonography, vascular technology, and fetal echo; she also holds credentials from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in sonography. Cielma is passionate about volunteering and contributing to the sonography community; she serves on the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) Conference Management Committee, Nominating Committee, CME Review team, and micro-volunteer team. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and item writer for the ARDMS. Cielma also serves on the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) Education Committee to advance pediatric sonography. Lastly, she has several published chapters ranging from pediatric abdomen, urinary tract, neurosonography, and renal duplex imaging, along with journal articles on pediatric hernias and vocal fold paralysis.

Both alumni were invited and accepted to serve on the SDMS Events management Committee. 

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) was founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. The SDMS ​is a network of sonographers practicing in all specialty areas, sonography students, educators, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who practice or have an interest in diagnostic medical sonography.

Misericordia University has the region’s only entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in diagnostic medical sonography. The four-year degree program provides greater career mobility compared to associate- or certificate-credentialed professionals; offers the advantages of a liberal arts degree and addresses the needs of traditional students.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded accreditation to the Misericordia University Sonography Program. Sonographers perform a diagnostic medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce dynamic visual images of human organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Sonographers work in various medical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices under the supervision of a physician specialist in radiology, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, cardiology, or ophthalmology.

For more information about the Misericordia University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor of Science degree or certificate programs, please contact Sheryl E. Goss, . Sonography program details also are available at

PHOTO: Left to right are: Tara Cielma; Sheryl Goss, chairperson of the Misericordia University Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department; and Cara Hill.