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President's Message - February 2020

Posted By Richard W. Vogel, Monday, February 3, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dear Members,


A lot has happened in the couple months since I’ve communicated to you, so let’s jump right in. 


Many people have contacted the ASNM over the last few months asking what’s happening with the 2020 Winter Symposium. We’ve also been dealing with lots of questions over the past few weeks about what’s going on with the leadership of the ASNM. I want to spend some time today talking to you about both of these things. 


The first thing that I want you all to know is that the leadership of this society is strong, our vision is clear, our direction is unwavering, and our Board is united. I can tell you all that achieving and maintaining this high level of organizational grit and chemistry is not easy, and doesn’t come without experiencing some bumps in the road, but our collective passion, perseverance and dedication to promoting the highest quality of patient care in IONM is what keeps us going. 


The second thing I want you to know, because it’s relevant, is that one of our Board Members, Dr. Gene Balzer, resigned from the BOD in late December, and the Executive Committee accepted his resignation. Dr. Balzer was a founding member of this Society, indeed a founding “father” in this profession, and he has a long-standing record of dedication to the ASNM and accomplishment as a leader within the Society. So, it goes without saying that his contributions will be missed. On a personal note, I can say that I consider Gene to be a friend and mentor, and I wish him well. 


I will also note that, in a Society of volunteers leading a profession notoriously plagued by apathy and disengagement, Gene was always one of those people who raised his hand to help. Gene was not just a member of the BOD, but he was also Chair of 2 of our Standing Committees, he was the sole Program Chair of the 2020 Winter Symposium, and Program Co-Chair of the 2020 Annual Meeting. We thank Gene for the work he did in all of these roles. The ASNM BOD will work together to back fill all of these roles with minimal disruption to our organization. 


Regarding the Winter Symposium, I can tell you that the symposium is full speed ahead. It will take place February 22-23, and it will be 100% virtual (no onsite presence). Attendees who sign up will experience a world-wide broadcast of educational content (some live and some pre-recorded, along with live Q&A from a panel of experts) and they can experience this content, including getting CME and CEUs from the comfort of their own home. This means we have completely eliminated expenses associated with travel and accommodations. 


The meeting is open to everyone, regardless of whether or not you are a member of the ASNM. The cost to view the content live is $300, again, regardless of membership status. If you just want to view the recorded symposium after the fact, the cost will be $400, but this option is open to members only. If you want to view the content live and get all the benefits of 2020 ASNM membership, you can purchase a package for $450 (for a total savings of $35). 


We have more-and-more people registering for this Symposium by the day. We also have exhibitors that have produced videos which will air during commercial breaks. Despite whatever setbacks we experienced, I have no doubt this grand experiment, this virtual symposium, will be a resounding success. 


Turning to our 2020 Annual Meeting, This meeting will be held May 15-17 in St. Louis, MO. I’ve taken over for Gene as one of the Program Co-Chairs, and I’m working with two rock stars to make this one of the best meetings ever: Rebecca Clark-Bash and Clare Gale. Together, we are developing an outstanding Program, which you can expect to see on our website by March 1 at the latest. 


The final meeting this year will be our Fall Symposium, and I’m very happy to announce that we have partnered with the Canadian Association of Neurophysiological Monitoring ht to develop a joint ASNM-CANM Symposium September 18-20, 2020 in Vancouver, BC. We’re very thankful to the leadership of CANM for joining forces with us in a shared venture, and shared vision, to build bridges in the IONM community. 


While I have you, just a couple other quick announcements. 


First, on January 15th, we sent an email to membership informing you that nominations for ASNM office are now open. This is your opportunity to choose who gets to be on the election ballot for ASNM office later this year. Please look for that email from Jan 15th. Think about who you’d like to see run for ASNM office, and submit their name. The deadline for submission is April 15th, but don’t wait that long or you’ll forget. Take action today!


Second, on February 1st, we send out an email to membership informing you that nominations for ASNM Fellowship are now open. If you know someone who meets the criteria, please do submit their name for consideration to receive this prestigious title. I can tell you that you will need to collect and submit a lot of information to nominate a candidate, so you need to start that process ASAP. Nominations close March 15th. Again, take action today!


Finally, I made due on my promise to roll out new awards to recognize members of the ASNM who make outstanding contributions in various ways. You can read about our awards on the website, but I want to give you a heads up that you can expect to see another call for award nominations in the weeks ahead. There is one award in particular that comes from nomination by general membership of the society, and we’ll be asking you to nominate someone special. 


I’m heading off to the ACNS meeting in NOLA. It reminds me of how important it is to participate in our profession, to be engaged and support the folks who are out here working to advance this profession. I encourage our members to also support our sister societies, like ACNS and ASET.


I’ll be back in March with another update from the front lines. Thanks for being a valued member!




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