President's Message: July 2020

Dear Members,

I hope everyone is staying safe. We are working on multiple projects for our members, and I want to update you about the important steps we have taken recently. First, I would like to welcome our new BOD member Larry Wierzbowski who had taken the seat of Laura Hemmer when she became President-Elect.

ASNM Clinical Effectiveness Ad-hoc Sub-committee: After discussions with many ASNM members, I have created ASNM Clinical Effectiveness Ad-hoc Subcommittee, which is co-chaired by Megan Alcauskas and Ryan Rosenhahn. This subcommittee will focus on the value and medical necessity of IONM in lumbar surgeries. It will submit proposals and recommendations within 90 days of its creation to the BOD. I want to thank all the members and advisors of the subcommittee for their time, efforts, and dedication to the ASNM and IONM.

September BOD Meeting: This year, the ASNM Board of Directors meeting will be conducted virtually on September 12th, 2020, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm CST. This meeting is for our Board of Directors to meet and discuss the workings of the Society.

Meeting Schedule

  • September ASNM/CANM Virtual Symposium: The ASNM has partnered with CANM for this year’s Fall Symposium. The meeting was initially scheduled to take place Live in Vancouver, Canada. However, given the current state of COVID-19, we have decided to pivot to a Virtual Symposium. The ASNM Fall Committee Chairs and the CANM Fall Committee Chairs have been meeting to get the meeting agenda fixed for the virtual symposium. The new agenda, registration information, and the meeting format will be posted on our website very soon. The meeting will be held on the same dates as scheduled on September 19-20.
  • Winter 2021 Virtual Symposium: The ASNM Board of Directors has decided that we will begin 2021 with another Virtual Symposium. COVID-19 has changed the way meetings take place, and in the event COVID-19 impacts 2021, we would like to provide our members with educational content as well as the opportunity to receive CME and CEUs for the content. The date for this meeting has not yet been decided, but we hope to have more information out after our Fall Symposium.
  • 2021 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas: We are hoping that by May, we will be able to host our Annual Meeting in-person. As of now, the meeting will be hosted on May 20-23, 2021, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. Once we get closer to the event, more information about the meeting will be communicated to our members. We cannot wait to see everyone in person again!

Call to Speakers for 2021:
If you or someone that you know of, would like to speak at ASNM’S 2021 Winter Virtual Meeting or our Annual Meeting in Dallas, please reach out to [email protected]. If interested, please include the presenter’s name, their credentials, the name of the event they would like to speak at, and the topic that they would like to present.

Webinars: All webinars are at 7 pm EST: ASNM will continue to offer educational activities in summer. Jeremy Bamford will present the webinar, Intraoperative Sensory and Motor Mapping of the Human Homunculus, on July 15th. Please click HERE to Register Today!

Julie Trott will present the webinar, Impact of Anesthesia on the Diagnostic Process of IONM During Spine Procedures: An Interactive Review, on August 26th. Please Click HERE to Register Today!

CNIM Concepts Mini-Course: We will be hosting another CNIM Concepts course this Fall. The dates are September 26th, October 3rd, and October 10th, 2020, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EST. If you or your colleagues are planning to take CNIM, these courses will help in preparing for the CNIM exam. Please click HERE to register.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a valuable member.

Faisal Jahangiri
President, ASNM
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