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President's Message: November 2021

President's Message: November 2021

 

Dear ASNM Members:

Future ASNM society planning has been progressing during the fall as we now happily have finalized dates and contracts for in-person annual meetings for both 2022 and 2023, with contract options being actively investigated for 2024 too.  ASNM leaders also met virtually to work on strategic planning in order to identify areas for continuing focus and improvement.  A summary of this planning will be forthcoming to the Board and, once finalized, to all members.  By the time this message is sent, member voting will have just recently closed for the President-Elect and Board of Directors elections.  Thank you to all members who participated in the election by voting!  Thanks especially also to the excellent slate of candidates, all of whom are offering to generously volunteer their time to serve our society.  

The Membership Committee has a new ad-hoc subcommittee, on which Ms. Clare Gale has kindly agreed to serve as Subcommittee Chair, and the subcommittee will help welcome trainees (students, residents, fellows) to participate with the society.  The productive Representation and Advocacy Committee has produced engaging and informative brief new videos geared for patients on IONM. We look forward to placement of these videos on the newly renovated ASNM website to be unveiled soon.  
Please see below for details on the variety of ASNM Recognition Awards and think of your member peers deserving of special reward for nomination!  Although we are a few months away from our next meeting, as you can see below, a plethora of education opportunities are available in the meantime.  Please also consider presenting at the 2022 Annual Meeting, perhaps by submitting an abstract for poster presentation with details and deadlines as below.

As always, please feel free to contact me to send me your thoughts for ASNM. 

Kind Regards,

Laura Hemmer, M.D., FASA
ASNM President

President's Message: September 2021

President's Message: September 2021

Dear ASNM Members:

Heading into fall, we have several ASNM activities in which to look forward.  Please join us for the soon approaching Fall Virtual Symposium.  Board Members and Meeting Co-Program Chairs Clare Gale and Justin Silverstein sought speakers able to highlight “Pearls and Gems for Real World IONM Application”, and this is sure to be an expert-filled discussion of practical knowledge and nuance for IONM challenges.  I am also excited about the upcoming Webinar by Dr. Emery Brown, “The Dynamics of Anesthesia Induced Unconsciousness”.  Dr. Brown is an anesthesiologist and neuroscientist, and in the anesthesiology world and beyond, he is absolutely a “superstar”.  His research work has focused on development of statistical methods and signal-processing algorithms for neuroscience data analysis and his pioneering work has led to insight into how anesthetics produce unconsciousness.  I have been fortunate to hear him speak on multiple occasions, and he will surely meet the high standard set by ASNM’s Webinar speakers!  Thank you, once again to Patty Warf and the Webinar Subcommittee for coordinating such expert speakers on varied topics pertinent to IONM.

The ASNM Diversity Taskforce launched a Diversity and Inclusion survey this summer for members and results will be reviewed this fall.  If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so—it only takes a few minutes and input from many members will be most valuable. Click here to take the survey. Work in the busy Representation and Advocacy Committee, as outlined in my last update, continues to progress well.  Thank you to all the committee members dedicating time and experience to ASNM efforts.

As we head into cooler days, unfortunately most of us are facing, once again, challenges due to surging COVID rates.  Many of us may feel tremendous frustration that this surge could have been avoided, yet healthcare workers have continued to provide excellent care in the United States throughout this pandemic.  Thank you to all our members working throughout the evolving pandemic while perhaps also managing myriad challenges and worries at home.  Healthcare professionals of all disciplines deserve tremendous thanks for their patient care contributions throughout the pandemic.

As always, please feel free to contact me to send me your thoughts for ASNM. 

Kind Regards,

Laura Hemmer, M.D., FASA
ASNM President

President's Message: April 2021

President's Message: April 2021

Dear Members:

I am delighted to announce that we started this year with another successful Virtual Meeting! This was a truly fantastic program put together by Dr. Christopher Pace and Dr. Marat Avshalumov. Special thanks to the education committee for their input and support and amazing work by Cayla Marconi, Executive Director, and Affinity Strategies team members. The ASNM Winter Virtual Symposium brought in 238 attendees, 13 of those being international, and seven amazing sponsors.

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President's Message: January 2021

President's Message: January 2021

Dear Members, 

Happy New Year. We are starting a new year with a global COVID-19 surge and have to remain isolated from friends and family. Thank you to all those who are working on the frontline and giving care to patients every day with danger to yourself and your families. In 2020, even though we could not meet in person, we were able to accomplish a lot, from philanthropy to transfer of knowledge to advocacy, research, and so much more.
 
During last year we accomplished a very successful first virtual winter meeting. We had excellent speakers who presented on various IONM related topics. In May, we canceled our Annual in-person meeting and instead had our first town hall meeting on Motor Evoked Potentials (MEP). With over 240 attendees, we received excellent feedback. We are planning to have more town hall meetings in the future. ASNM offered CNIM concepts mini-course and will offer it again this year. In fall, we had our first joint ASNM/ CANM joint meeting as a virtual Fall Symposium. We had an excellent program with 208 attendees from 10 different countries across the globe.  Dr. Christopher Pace and Dr. Marat Avshalumov have finalized an excellent 2021 Winter Symposium with the theme "IONM: From Theory to Everyday Practice - Focus on Case Studies". Please visit the ASNM website for the program agenda and registration detailsMany thanks to the program chairs for extraordinary meetings. 

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