Wednesday, August 16, 2017

IONM Certificate Graduates

A recognition ceremony and luncheon was held on August 11, 2017, at the Kehr Union Multi-Cultural Room for the first cohort of five students who completed their graduate certificate in Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) this summer. Bloomsburg University Interim Provost Dr. James Krause gave remarks as well as the COST Dean, Dr. Robert Aronstam and Departmental Chairperson of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Dr. Shaheen Awan. This program is a partnership between faculty in the Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Bloomsburg University and the Department of Neurophysiology at Geisinger Health Systems. This is one of the very few IONM certificate programs in the country. It provides one year of training (36 credit hours) for students with a bachelor's degree to pursue a career as an IONM technologist. Graduates will provide neurofunctional feedback and guidance during surgery to protect the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous systems from iatrogenic injury. The IONM teaching faculty include Dr. Qing Ye, Dr. Tyson Hale, Dr. Aaron Knecht, and Dr. Jill Gotoff.

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