Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year’s Resolution: Add to your Neuro-diagnostic Skills and Knowledge

With the end of the year approaching, some neurodiagnostic technologists are due to renew an ABRET credential:  R.EEG T, R. EP T, CLTM, CNIM’s may be expiring and require a specific number of CEUs to maintain your credential.  All ABRET credentials will now be valid for 5 years and require 30 CEUs at the five year mark to recertify.  To find out exactly when your credential expires and how to file your CEUs with ABRET, please go to their website, www.abret.org and click on “For Certificants”. You can also look up your own credentials under “For Employers” if you do not know what year you obtained an ABRET credential.

If you have not yet taken an ABRET exam but plan to do so as a career goal, it is never too early to begin preparation for the exam and start studying.  It is important to note that for the R. EEG T. Exam, pathway #4, which applies to on-the-job trained techs who do not have a minimum of an Assoicate’s Degree, will expire at the end of 2017.  To be able to continue with that pathway you must pass Part I of the ABRET EEG exam by the end of 2017.   At this time, I do not have information about future pathways that might replace the current Pathway #4.  ABRET will keep us informed via their website.

Whether you have a neurodiagnostic credential, are planning to take a credentialing exam, are new to the field or have been involved in neurodiagnostics for many years, continuing education is a vital key to staying current in the field.  Please consider giving yourself the gift of education.  It is really less of a luxury than many material items that you might consider purchasing for yourself.  ASET has a full curriculum of on-line courses for each major neurodiagnostic modality.  To view the courses, please go to the "Shop" button on our home page and shop for "on-line courses".

It is important to note: this free resource for updating your knowledge of your areas of practice:
The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society published updated guidelines in 2016.
  The next issue of ASET’s Journal, “The Neurodiagnostic Journal” will reprint these guidelines, so if you are an ASET member you will soon receive your copy in the mail.  For non-members you can read all of the guidelines directly on the ACNS website, www.acns.org.  It is really important to be familiar with the guidelines when performing neurodiagnostic studies, and of course, also important for studying for exams.

ASET has an exciting year of educational opportunities in 2017!  Our spring seminar course will be held on the campus of the University of Alabama in Birmingham on April 22-23, and we will offer the ASET EEG Boot Camp, for two days of intensive study and workshops on EEG topics appropriate for exam prep. 

The fall 2017 ASET Seminar will take place on Oct. 28 & 29th, and will include the EEG Boot Camp and an Advanced EEG/LTM course running concurrently, and our host is the Yale New Haven Medical Center in Connecticut.  I realize that there is a huge need for education in New York state and the metropolitan area.  The train service from NY to New Haven is very convenient and I hope that you can attend.

In December, we will host the one-day LTM course at the AES meeting in Washington D.C.  This will be the third time we have sponsored a course at this conference, and each year attendance grows. We’ll post more information on exact date, time and topics early in 2017.

Not to be missed is the 2017 ASET annual conference!   We’ll be in Tucson, AZ at a lovely mountain-side resort, La Paloma.  There are several pools and dining options, nearby attractions and activities for the family, and an unbelievable room rate of $90 per night!

If you can’t travel for education this year, don’t despair!   Our webinar program is very interesting!

The webinar program is now on our website:  ASET webinars