I hope this message finds you all well and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is now a family tradition that when things are either not going well, or we are complaining about life in general, that we force ourselves to think of 5 positive things. Yes, my partner is a psychotherapist! I am proud to update you on a number of items that I hope will brighten your day a bit.
The first order of business is to congratulate everyone on a well-run and successful election. I am very grateful to all the candidates that had the courage and spent the time to throw their hats in the ring and run for an office. It is a wonderful process to undertake as it gets you thinking about our field and what needs to be done to keep it moving in the right direction. It also gives each candidate a bit of exposure and helps them to network some and be recognized for their accomplishments. I urge all our members to consider being a part of this process and get involved in an election, a committee, a meeting, or whatever you have time for.
Our new President-Elect is Rich Vogel. He will become president after the Annual Meeting in 2019.
We also have 4 new Directors who will take office in 2019:
I am excited about our new board members and am looking forward to working with all of them. This society is in excellent hands and we owe the entire group that participated in this election a thank you for getting involved.
The second item I am grateful for is the recent board approval of our new Practice Guidelines for the Supervising Professional: Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring. This was over a year and a half in the making with the great efforts of an ad hoc committee comprised of original authors, board members, executive Committee members and general members. Great pains were undertaken to assure that the new document was properly updated. We strove to have the document reflect current practices while maintaining the highest quality of patient care. We will now submit the revision to other societies for their review and accept comments from them if any. The document will then be published after a final run through and consideration of any comments generated during the review period.
Item number three. We had one of our most successful Fall meetings ever in Baltimore. The main thrust was IONM and Medical-legal issues. Our Mock trial was a tremendous success and is the start of an all new type of creative format for our future meetings playing off a theme and using a more practical method of delivering the message.
That brings me to number four. Our Annual meeting will be held February 23-25 at the Swan and Dolphin in Disney World, Orlando, Florida. This will be held during President’s week off so please consider bringing the family. The meeting will be a new format of 2 tracks on day 1. Each session will have its own lectures, panel discussions and E poster presentations. The topics are cutting edge and all promise to be excellent. Please check out the agenda on our website.
Finally, number five. In keeping our promise to collaborate with other societies, May 1-6, 2018 we will be contributing to the 31st International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (ICCN) in Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to hear from international neurophysiology experts and attend workshops and lectures. Note that this meeting is taking place during our usual Annual Meeting and that our Winter Meeting in Orlando is our Annual Meeting.
I look forward to seeing you all at the meetings and wish everyone a Happy, Joyous and Healthy Holiday Season.
Best Wishes, Joe
Joseph J. Moreira, MD
President, American Association of Neurophysiologic Monitoring