President's Message: February 2022

President's Message: February 2022

Dear ASNM Members:

Happy New Year, and I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and well.  For the first time in the pandemic, I am feeling hopeful that the disruption to our lives may soon ease as cases come down this time.  

In my last message, I promised that construction on the updated website would not take long, but this has proven to be a more technically challenging project than anyone at ASNM anticipated.  Thanks for everyone’s ongoing patience, and thank you especially to Board of Directors Member and Chair of the Website Sub-Committee Mr. Michael Riley and to our Affinity partner Cayla for their many hours of work and attention to detail on this project.  

The Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-NDT) works to review and evaluate educational programs in neurodiagnostic technology and intraoperative neuromonitoring.  ASNM has been happy to participate on the CoA-NDT with two representatives from ASNM serving, Ms. Clare Gale and Mr. Joshua Mergos.  After six years of participation on the committee, Mr. Mergos has elected to transition off.  Thank you to Mr. Mergos for his time on the committee and for his attention to helping facilitate a smooth transition to our new well-qualified co-representative, Ms. Kolleen Chulski.  

Please save the date for our first in-person meeting since 2019 with the Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Florida (May 19-22, 2022).  I think you will find the agenda to not only be filled with the top-notch educational opportunities ASNM consistently offers but to also be rather exciting and innovative in both its format and topics.  It is so innovative that it is requiring a few logistical modifications, so the official agenda is forthcoming shortly!  Thanks to the co-chairs of the meeting, Drs. Marat Avshalumov, Jay Shils, and Tara Stewart for their dedication and thoughtful planning.  In the meantime, please see below for more details on the virtual Winter Symposium this month featuring presentations by experts in the field, Drs. Mirela Simon and Rich Vogel, who will then be joined by an additional group of diverse experts for a panel discussion.  Thank you also to these meeting co-chairs, Drs. Marat Avshalumov and Joe Moreira, for their creativity in planning this surely excellent symposium.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with thoughts for ASNM.

Meeting Schedule 

  • Winter Townhall: February 19, 2022
  • 2022 Annual Meeting- Clearwater Beach, FL May 19-22, 2022
  • 2022 Fall Virtual Symposium – September 24, 2022
  • 2023 Annual Meeting – Dallas, TX May 16-22, 2023

2022 Annual Meeting Poster Submissions 

On behalf of the 2022 Annual Meeting's organizational committee, we would like to invite you to submit research posters for our Annual ASNM meeting to be held in Clearwater, Florida May 19-22, 2022.
Please follow the instructions below for accurate submission:

All posters must be submitted by Tuesday, February 15, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. CST. Posters received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Abstracts must be submitted only in English.
  • Required Format: Title, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Abstracts must be submitted through the online abstract submission site.
  • All authors should be listed with their credentials, certifications, and contact information
  • Names should be listed as First name, Middle initial, Last Name format.
  • Abstracts will be limited to 500 – 600 words
  • Acronyms should be spelled entirely (no abbreviations in the title).
  • The top ten abstracts will present live at the meeting
  • All other abstracts will be on display in the exhibit hall 
All authors with accepted posters will be required to sign a conflict of interest and FDA disclosures form.
The research committee will review all submissions and notify only authors with accepted posters by Friday, April 15th, 2022. All selected posters will be displayed in electronic form. Presenting authors with accepted posters will get a $50 discount for registration.
E-Poster Submission Form


All webinars are at 7pm EST

  • Intraoperative Neurophysiology of Cranial Nerves III, IV, and VI presented by Matt Hoffman April 6, 2022
Register Here 

ASNM Educational Courses

CNIM Prep Course presented by James Watt in March and October 2022
Register Here

ASNM Membership Push

The ASNM is honored to count you as one of our members, and we’d love for you to consider renewing your membership with us for 2022. The process to renew is fast and easy. Simply click on the invoice link in the coming email and pay online, or renew by logging into your ASNM member profile and following the prompts. If you experience any trouble at all, please contact us via email: [email protected]


ASNM Member Benefits:

Free access to live and on-demand webinars for CME/CEUs*
Free semi-annual live/interactive online CNIM prep course
Downloadable Transcripts and Webinar Certificates
Discounted Pricing for all Meetings and Symposia
Free Access to job postings in our online Career Center
Free access to the ASNM Membership Directory
Networking opportunities with other professionals in your field

Be a part of a the growing movement of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of IONM with a focus on Quality, Competency, Advocacy, Representation and Reputation

*For 2022, The ASNM will provide 6 Webinars, 3 Educational Prep Courses, 2 Virtual Meetings, and 1 Live In-person meeting in Clearwater, Florida.

Renew your membership for 2022 today!


Call for 2022 Fellowship Nominations

ASNM Fellow Definition 
The ASNM bylaws defines a Fellow as someone who has made outstanding contributions to the field of neurophysiological monitoring which may include a significant contribution to ASNM and has been a member of the Society in good standing for at least five years. The Fellowship subcommittee shall review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall be the final authority in the granting of Fellowship.

ASNM Fellow Nomination Criteria
The Fellowship Nomination form must be completed and submitted by the Nominator. Nominations are received and reviewed by the Awards Subcommittee. To be considered for acceptance as an ASNM Fellow, the Awards Subcommittee uses the scoring system described below. If a nominee meets the minimum requirements, the Awards Subcommittee will make a recommendation to the ASNM Board of Directors. Fellowship status is ultimately determined by the Board of Directors. Candidates must meet a minimum score of 8 of 10, including meeting the required criteria, to warrant consideration by the Board.
Scoring System
  1. Currently be a Full Member in good standing with at least 5 years of continuous membership in the category of Full Member.
  2. Have 2 letters of recommendation speaking to the candidate’s high standards, ethical practice and reputation. At least one of these letters must come from an ASNM Full Member in good standing.
  3. Have documentation of a significant contribution to the field of IONM with at least 2 of the 3 categories below (Teaching, Research and Service). Please note that Service to the ASNM Board or a Committee is required.

Nomination Deadlines

ASNM calls for Fellow nominations each year. Call for Fellow nominations close February 15, 2022 for consideration. Fellow membership nominations are open to any member in good standing who meets the ASNM Fellow Membership requirements. Self-submissions will not be accepted.

Please review all sections of the nomination form before submitting the online nomination form located below. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]. Thank you. 

ASNM Recognition Awards:
Nomination Process

For transparency:  All award types and nomination processes will be sent to committee members and the general membership each year by Jan 15.

For inclusion: Certain categories have specific nominating guidelines, however, anyone may nominate a peer for recognition if they believe that the nominee’s personal and professional characteristics distinguish them as exceptional contributors to ASNM.

There may be more than one award recipient chosen in any category, and some years may not see a recipient in every category.

Nomination Guidelines:

  1. Nominations must be made in writing on a form and submitted to the ASNM.
  2. Nominations must identify the specific award category.
  3. Nominees may not receive awards in multiple categories in the same year.
  4. Nominations must be supported by a written description of why the nominee deserves consideration for the specified award.
  5. Nominations must be seconded by written signature on the nomination form. Absent a second, the nominee will be considered only if he or she received at least one more nomination for the same award category.
  6. Any ASNM member in good standing can nominate/second someone for the Founder’s Award. All other awards require nomination/second from a specific group/committee, as detailed in the award description. 
  7. Self-nominations or seconds will not be accepted.
  8. Anonymous nominations or seconds will not be accepted.
  9. Nominations or seconds will not be accepted from a spouse, partner, or immediately family member of the nominator or nominee.
  10. The Awards Subcommittee of the Membership Committee will review nominations and select recipients.
  11. The supervisor, spouse, partner or immediate family member of a nominee can serve on the committee but must abstain from any discussion and/or voting related to the nomination. 
  12. If a Membership Committee member is nominated, he or she may not be present during the relevant portion of the discussion.
  13. Approved nominations will be forwarded to the executive committee for final confirmation.
Details of nominations and discussions about nominees who are not selected will be kept confidential.
Fellow Nomation Form

Founders Award Nominations

The ASNM Founders Award:
Do you know an individual whose dedication to the IONM profession is evidenced by commitment to delivering the highest quality of patient care, contribution to the literature, and/or contribution to the ASNM? 

We are currently accepting nominations from YOU as ASNM members for IONM professionals that embody one or all of the qualities above. One recipient will be selected from all nominees, and he/she will be recognized with this prestigious award at the ASNM Annual Meeting in Clearwater,FL.  

Please consider taking this opportunity to recognize and nominate an outstanding member of the ASNM today! Click here for specific instructions. 

Mary Stecker Travel Grants:

Dear Membership,
      The ASNM is looking for nominees for the Mary Stecker travel grants. These go to individuals who are new to the field or who are in training programs for the field of IONM. They can be for anyone who is in their first year of practice or still training. The ASNM offers two of these a year. These grants cover the annual meeting registration and also a $250 check. The link for the application is located on the ASNM website at . If you have any other questions please do not hesitate contacting me at [email protected] or the society director Cayla Marconi at [email protected].
Kindest Regards,
Jay L. Shils, PhD
Secretary of the ASNM


CEU’s / CME:

 Are you looking for CME’s before the end of the year? Look no further ASNM has the below CME and CEU opportunities:
  • ASNM Webinars 9 CME’s available until December 5th
  • ASNM Winter Virtual Symposium: 9.77 CME
  • Annual Meeting expected to around: 21 CME
  • 8 Webinars on our on demand page that still have CME
  • 41 CEU’s for all of our webinar’s plus an additional 20.25 if you watch both virtual meetings.
  • ASNM CEUs are ASET approved for CNIM
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