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Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) Grand Challenge

Goal: To STOP work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD)
resulting from the performance of diagnostic medical ultrasound

Pain from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) is a reality for many sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals performing ultrasound examinations. Our grand challenge mission is to stop WRMSD’s and help these essential clinicians lead pain-free fulfilling careers and live productive lives.

Fun Facts:

  • Up to 90% of sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals performing ultrasound examinations work in pain caused by work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD)..
  • WRMSD’s cost employers $120 billion each year in direct and indirect costs.

Join Our Grand Challenge:

Stopping WRMSD injuries is an industry-wide challenge that needs industry-wide action. A pioneering alliance of leading ultrasound organizations worldwide undergo diagnostic medical ultrasound examinations. Now, imagine caring for these patients while you are in pain. For many sonographers, physicians, and other medical professionals performing ultrasound examinations, pain from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) is a reality that limits their ability to live productive lives.
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Achievements and Initiatives:

  • Launch of the WRMSD Grand Challenge’s Longitudinal Research Study – June 2021
    This study is being conducted by The Ohio State University in conjunction with the WRMSD Grand Challenge and seeks to gather longitudinal data from a large cohort of physicians, sonographers, and vascular technologists to improve the understanding of health (wellness) of ultrasound users..
  • 2nd WRMSD Grand Challenge Design Summit (2022 date to be announced).
  • 2020 WRMSD Grand Challenge Virtual Student Solution Hack-a-Thon
    The Virtual Student Solution Hack-a-thon consisted of four teams of students from multiple educational disciplines that competed to present a solution to eliminate WRMSD’s..
  • 1st WRMSD Grand Challenge Design Summit- Sept 2019
    The 2019 Design Summit was a day long work program where progressive thinking professionals met to evaluate and improve the impact, metrics, coordination, funding, and communication necessary to deal with the WRMSD problem.

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The WRMSD Grand Challenge Alliance of Organizations:
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American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Inteleos

 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)