Thursday, October 27, 2016

Neurodiagnostic Continuing Education Credits for ASET 2016 Annual Conference Plenary Session Recordings

Plenary sessions are defined as presentations that are on the program for all conference participants to attend, as opposed to breakout sessions when several presentations run concurrently.  The ASET 2016 Annual Conference hosted a total of four plenary sessions.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend our conference this year, you can now view these highlights of our meeting!  These presentations were recorded and are now available in the ASET on-line store!
The Lewis Kull Memorial Keynote Address:  “The Story of Music and Memory” by Robin Lombardo. This presentation is based on the documentary movie, “Alive Inside” which was the most awarded docu-drama of 2014, including a Sundance Film Festival Award.  This inspirational topic reveals the amazing improvement in Alzheimer’s patients when they are able to listen to music that has meaning for them.  An organization has been created to enable as many patients as possible to have access to an I-Pod and recorded music.  She explains the neurophysiology of music in the brain, and the many areas of the brain that are involved in processing music and the relationship to memory.  You will see video clips that show the remarkable change in the patients listening to music and hear their stories.  If you perform tests on dementia patients you can benefit from incorporating this technique in the lab environment.  You may also know a person suffering from Alzheimer’s, or will in the future!   Statistics reveal that 1 in 9 Americans over 65 have been diagnosed with this disease.
What attendees said about the Keynote Address:

“It was fascinating to learn about how music can trigger brain functions that have been otherwise lost in dementia patients!”

“Very moving and encouraging presentation. Great to hear the advances being made with medicine that touches the soul.”

“She was a great speaker! She made me laugh and cry. I loved the topic. I will incorporate with my great aunt.”

“Very informative and interesting presentation. I learned a lot about how music can help people with dementia retrieve memories and engage in a way that they hadn't previously been able to for some time. I will definitely use what I learned to help some people in my life as well as patients that I may come into contact with.”
The Ellen Grass Lecture:  “It’s Never Too Late to Make a Difference with Neurodiagnostics” by Nikesh Ardeshna, M.D.  This inspirational presentation will help you understand just how valuable our services are within the field of health care!  Most of us can recount at least one patient whose life we changed when a test or monitoring session we conducted revealed findings that led to an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment to improve the patient’s health.  Dr. Ardeshna shares several case histories with EEG findings to illustrate how patients may live with an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed medical condition until EEG monitoring provided the much needed clue to determine proper treatment.

What attendees said about Dr. Ardeshna’s talk:

“Interesting and engaging, material was extremely relevant”

“Very interesting and informative. Love the examples of the more difficult cases that can be misdiagnosed.”

“All three case studies were very interesting and helps to remind us all about perseverance to aide patients have better health.”

The Kathleen Mears Memorial Lecture:  “Go For the Gold:  Essential Skills for Technologists” by Jerry Morris, R NCS T, CNCT, MS, FASET by Jerry Morris, R. NCS T, CNCT, FASET, MS.

This is a very motivational presentation!  Jerry encourages us all to do our very best, in everything we do for our professional and personal lives.  Using the analogy of the dedication it takes to win an Olympic medal, he provides insight into the ways we can change our perspective, think positively and set goals for career development.  This presentation will re-energize you and boost your confidence, and refresh your interest in your work!

What attendees said about Jerry’s talk:

“Excellent presentation about the strategy on how to be confident, communicative to be success in the career.”

“Good information presented. A good reminder about what makes a person succeed.”

“So wonderful! This was so important to me since I am not yet a registered technologist and although I am very motivated in achieving that, it's hard not to be extra 'pumped up' after this presentation. Again Jerry rocks- the talk was inspiring!”

The 2016 Symposium:  “Urgent!  Licensure Lifeboat to Protect Neurodiagnostic Technology Scope of Practice”- Panelists: Marisha Hamid, Kathryn Hansen, Scott Blodgett and Craig Schweitzer
Present and imminent threats to our Scope of Practice abound.  Neurodiagnostic Technologists have lost their jobs to non-credentialed and inexperienced replacements as hospitals and clinics struggle to cut cost. Without a license to protect our scope of practice, others will take ownership of duties traditionally performed by Neurodiagnostic Technologists.. Having a license specific to neurodiagnostics is the best way to protect our jobs and ensure quality testing for our patients. To protect our scope of practice and the patients we serve we need to come together and support the enactment of legislation requiring a professional license to perform neurodiagnostic procedures.  You will hear from fellow neurodiagnostic technologists who have been on the front lines of this effort. They will review the progress we have made so far, and share with you their experiences and provide you with information on how you can help protect your job and patients.

What attendees said about the Symposium:

“Very well done to emphasize the need for licensure and how to begin the process in your state!”

“Understanding the newest politics being introduced is fantastic and seeing the evolution of the field change with current times is inspiring.”

“Amazing! I had no idea how important, imperative really, state licensure truly is... thank you!”

“Informative to the future of the security of our profession.  The call to action was heard and the urgency was felt.”
The three lectures each offer 1 CEU, that is one contact hour, as the lectures are each 1 hour long.  The cost to purchase the recorded lecture is $25 for ASET members and $40 for non-members.  You must pass the short quiz for each lecture in order to obtain the CEUs.  If you would like to feature one of these sessions for an educational staff meeting, the entire group may acquire CEUs for participating.  Individuals will each need to purchase just the CEU quiz for the presentation and complete it with a passing grade.  There are no more than 10 multiple choice questions in the quizzes. We are offering the Symposium recording free of charge, without CEUs.
This was the first year that we tried recording the plenary sessions.  Our goal was to make the highlights of the ASET annual conference available to members and technologists around the country who were not able to come to the conference.  I hope you enjoy hearing these wonderful presentations, and that after viewing these recordings you will be tempted to come to the full conference.

If these recordings do well in our on-line store we will continue to record specific sessions during future ASET conferences. 
Here is a link to the annual conference recordings on our website: Presentations
Here is a link to the separate quiz for the presentations for groups viewing, to obtain CEUs: Quizzes