Friday, February 22, 2013

Neurodiagnostic Continuing Education Comes to Florida

The ASET Spring Seminar Courses will be coming to the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Campus on April 6-7, 2013.  We will be offering an intermediate EEG course, appropriate for preparing for the ABRET registry exam, and a concurrent course, a bit more advanced on LTM and ICU monitoring.  This course is appropriate for preparing for the CLTM exam or to gain an understanding of the full epilepsy surgery workup, if your lab is expanding to comprehensive epilepsy treatment.
We got a great deal on a block of hotel rooms, right on the Mayo campus, at $75 per night!  Please note that this room block expires on March 4, so if you are planning on attending, I suggest you reserve your room ASAP!
It is also important to note that the “Early Bird” registration rates are good only through March 6.  After that the rates go up.  We have such a wonderful line-up of faculty for both courses!   Many of the neurologists and epileptologists from the Mayo Clinic and the nearby University of Florida have agreed to give presentations.  And you can’t beat the location, after we have all taken a beating from winter this year!
Here is the link to the course registration and hotel information for the ASET Spring Seminars in Jacksonville:
You can also view the EEG and LTM/ICU course schedules from that link.

I just returned from my own continuing education event in Florida.  I attended the Annual Conference of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS) in Miami.  It was wonderful to spend three days in the warm weather, especially since I missed the blizzard that dropped 30 inches of snow here in Maine!
The ACNS program was great!  It gives me the opportunity to hear about the latest trends and research in neurology and neurophysiology, so that I can in turn, plan up-to-date programs for our educational events for technologists.  The ACNS has been so respectful and supportive of technologists and they acknowledge our importance as part of the “Neuro” team.  The outgoing ACNS president, Dr. Susan Herman, gave a wonderful Presidential Lecture on the topic “Continuous EEG Monitoring in the ICU: Defining a New Standard of Care”.  She referred to the technologist’s potential role to be a “First Responder” recognizing critical changes in the EEG and alerting the team when intervention becomes urgent.

I hope to see you in sunny Florida in April!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Abstracts needed on Neurodiagnostic Topics for ASET 2013 Conference in Reno

FAQ’s about ASET abstracts:

Q: What is the value of presenting an abstract at the ASET Annual Conference?
A:  There are many benefits.  First, let’s address the financial benefit:  it gets you free meeting registration for the day on which you present your abstract.  It also looks good on your resume or C.V.  It also gets you officially “published” since the abstracts are printed in the December issue of the ASET Journal which is listed with the medical search engine, PubMed.  You will gain recognition and confidence.

Q: What kind of presentations can I do?
A:  You have a choice of platform or poster presentation.  The platform presentation is a podium presentation and you will have about 25 minutes to explain your topic, leaving a few minutes for questions. For a poster presentation, you will need to present your topic visually on a poster that is 4’X6’.  We ask poster presenters to put their posters up at a specific time, and be present with their posters during poster breaks to explain the poster to attendees who are interested in the topic.

Q: How do I request time or space to present an abstract?
A: There is an abstract application form on the ASET website, please just go to the “meetings” tab + annual conference + abstract and poster presentations + Download 2013 Abstract Application.  Please also note that you can access tips on how to do prepare a poster or podium abstract presentation.
In addition to the application form, you must also submit the 100-200 word synopsis of your abstract subject matter.  This is what will be published in the ASET Journal and printed in the final program for the annual conference.

Q:  When will I find out if my abstract is accepted? 
A:  The deadline for abstract submission is March 15th.  The 2013 Program Committee will review all abstract applications soon after that date.  Within a month of the deadline I will contact everyone who submitted an abstract.  I will schedule a time for each podium abstract presentation at that time, and will include that in my notice to you.  You do not have to prepare a handout for an abstract, or submit the slides in advance.

Please consider submitting an abstract!  If you have any questions, please contact me directly at

See you in Reno!