Last year, three Ultrasound students in Michener’s School of Applied Health Sciences wrote a literature review exploring the importance of universal and additional precautions in regard to infection control that was published by the Canadian Journal of Medical Sonography (CJMS) in its Winter 2020 edition.
Now, the review by second year students Nicole Marley, Raquel Teichroeb and X Fatima Tul Zahra has been awarded Sonography Canada’s Outstanding Journal Submission Award. This award recognizes members who have exemplified excellence in providing educational and informative articles to the CJMS. These are members who have taken the lead in understanding current trends and shared their knowledge with other sonographers.
The students set out to critically analyze evidence-based best practices by outlining recommended disinfection protocols for ultrasound devices and the environment. They used materials such as government and public health websites as the main sources of information, in addition to peer-reviewed literature reviews and best practice guidelines for ultrasound and infection control.
“We were very excited to receive this award as we are just beginning our careers,” says Nicole Marley. “We wanted to publish this article to provide awareness around necessary precautions during COVID to sonographers throughout Canada. Acknowledgement of our work is rewarding as it shows that this review was helpful and appreciated.”
The award was recognized at a Virtual Award Ceremony at Sonography Canada’s Annual General Meeting and Education Day on May 29, 2021. Additionally, a photo and bio was published in a special issue of Sonography Canada’s member newsletter SONOgramme, as well as on their social media platforms.