Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) is an emerging field that is undergoing rapid developments alongside advances in medical science and technology. If you’re a clinician practicing IONM or focused on learning more about surgical innovations, there are several high-level conferences that can provide you with educational lectures and skill-building workshops. Here’s our opinion on five IONM conferences you should attend (in no particular order).
1. The American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the ASNM is geared toward all skill levels of IONM practitioners. This includes technologists, neurophysiologists, surgeons, neurologists, anesthesiologists, and all others involved in IONM on a semi-regular basis.
The ASNM guarantees that clinicians attending the conference will walk away with a better understanding of IONM’s uses (whether from the perspective of a neurophysiologist to that of a surgeon, etc.); a greater sense of how data can improve and advance IONM; current research that supports the use of IONM; and how IONM is more effective with cross-collaboration.
2. The International Society of Intraoperative Neurophysiology (ISIN) Congress
The congress of the ISIN offers IONM practitioners the opportunity to learn from experienced neurophysiologists and surgeons. As the field of IONM continues to advance, surgical risks and requirements increase. The ISIN champions the cause of keeping surgery safe and ensuring that relevant new practices are being implemented properly.
The ISIN also meets to provide a unique cross-disciplinary exchange, allowing scientists, clinicians and technicians to communicate in a roundtable format about their learning and experience. They invite professionals from across the globe to participate in a communicative, collaborative environment where they can share knowledge and pass along important skill sets.
3. The North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting
The NASS Annual Meeting focuses on innovations in spine surgery and related procedures. The meeting includes demonstrations where surgeons showcase methods using cadavers and take questions from attendees, and it also includes hands-on surgical workshops for specific techniques.
The NASS conference provides a mix of medical and surgical lectures, some of which deal with the complexity of leading teams and collaborating for greater success. Attendees can learn best practices, get advice from leading experts, interact with peers, and ultimately share knowledge to collectively advance safer and more innovative spine surgery.
4. The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting & Regional Conferences
The AAN has an annual meeting as well as regional conferences that aim to educate scientists and clinicians about the latest developments in neuroscience. The AAN says its annual meeting is the world’s largest gathering of neurologists and neuroscience professionals, and they have had over 70 meetings to date. Participants can network with other professionals and earn continuing education credits as they learn about the most recent advances in neurology and its applications in medicine and surgery.
5. The Annual Meeting of ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society
ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society has an annual conference that focuses on the latest developments in neurodiagnostics. All neurodiagnostic professionals are encouraged to attend, including laboratory managers, physicians, technologists, or medical suppliers. The event offers hands-on workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities. Participants can interact with peers, connect with neurodiagnostic experts, and engage in thoughtful discussions as they build skills and pursue professional growth.