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.
Laura Hemmer, M.D., FASA