Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Course

Principles and Practice of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring is designed for advanced professionals who perform or support intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) procedures. The course will highlight practice specifications, multimodality protocols, recent advances in the field, pre-/post-operative neurological evaluation and management, and telemedicine. Presentations will make reference to current literature, technical developments, methodologies and clinical efficacy.

The course—sponsored by Procirca and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences—will highlight practice specifications, multimodality protocols, recent advances in the field, pre-/post-operative neurological evaluation and management, and telemedicine. Presentations will make reference to current literature, technical developments, methodologies and clinical efficacy. The faculty includes University of Pittsburgh Medical Center physicians and neurophysiologists with extensive clinical and academic expertise in IONM. The course is designed to expose the participants to material that will allow them to acquire a comprehensive understanding of IONM and how it relates to a wide variety of relevant topics such as:

  • Advanced principles for neurophysiological monitoring, including instrumentation, neuromonitoring protocols, alarm criteria and clinical efficacy,
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including transpsoas approaches,
  • Pre-, peri- and post-operative evaluation of neurological complications including stroke, cognitive deficits, seizure and spinal cord injury,
  • Multimodality monitoring techniques for a broad array of procedures including spine and vascular,
  • Cranial nerve monitoring during skull base procedures,
  • Interpretation and communication with surgical team,
  • Development of a Policy & Procedure manual; documentation and communication with the technologist; development of quality assurance metrics; and staff training, and
  • Problem based learning with real-time data analysis and formulation of differential diagnoses.

Please note: Due to the limitations and uncertainty imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Principles and Practice of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring course will be a virtual event. Participants will be able to connect using Zoom™ to listen to lectures and participate in interactive discussions with our faculty from the fields of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology, Vascular surgery, and Anesthesiology.

Download the Online Course Schedule.

To register for the course, please visit the Procirca website.

Online Coures Dates

November 7-8, 2020

Course Cost

  • $450.00 for physicians and other attendees seeking CME credits.
  • $250.00 for all other healthcare professionals seeking CEU credits.

Course Directors

Jeffrey R. Balzer, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Director, Clinical Operations, UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology
Director, UPMC Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory

Parthasarathy Thirumala, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Director, UPMC Center for Clinical Neurophysiology

CME Accreditation and Designation 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)

The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

ASET CEUs

ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society has granted 18 Continuing Education Units [ASET-CEUs] for this program.  Such crediting, however, should not be construed by program participants as an endorsement of any type of instruments or supplies mentioned or involved in these presentations.

Procirca is an ABRET-accredited Intraoperative Neuromonitoring lab. 

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling 412-647-1453.

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

This program is presented by Procirca in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery and The Center for Clinical Neurophysiology.  

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Who Should Attend 

The Principles and Practice of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Workshop is designed for advanced professionals performing or involved in intraoperative neuromonitoring including but not limited to neurologists, PM&R physicians, anesthesiologists, board certified neurophysiologists, senior neurophysiology technologists, and neurological, orthopedic, vascular and ENT surgeons.

The course will highlight practice specifications, multimodality protocols, recent advances in the field, pre- and post-operative neurological evaluation and management, and telemedicine.  Presentations will make reference to current literature, technical developments, methodologies and clinical efficacy.

Questions and More Information

For more information on the Principles and Practice of Intraoperative Neuromonitoring course, please contact Josh Sunderlin, course coordinator, at (412) 647-1453.