Continuing Education

When it comes to fostering expertise in IONM we go above and beyond requirements for continuing education credit to ensure we have the most knowledgeable and experienced clinical team out there. Our internal education calls are hosted by a rotating panel of expert senior neurophysiologists and guest lecturers and who cover a wide range of topics. We provide neurophysiologists of all levels with opportunities to attend conferences, courses and other educational events to further their skills and knowledge. We’ve even partnered with industry organizations such as NESET (New England Society for Eletrodiagnostic Technologists) and WSET (Western Society for Eletrodiagnostic Technolgists) to organize education events around neuromonitoring and diagnostic medicine. 

Below is a list of recent speaking engagements where our neurophysiologists were invited to speak:

Vogel RW (2015) Neuromonitoring Literature: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Weston, FL, USA.

Vogel RW (2015). Monitoring and Mapping of Nervous System Function During Neurosurgical Procedures. Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neuroscience Grand Rounds, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Vogel, RW & Doan AT (2015) Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring and Mapping for Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulators. Medtronic Online Continuing Education Series. Philadelphia, PA

Hopkins ME & Vogel RW (2015). Anesthetic Considerations for Intraoperative Neurophysiology. Anesthesiology Grand Rounds, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Hopkins ME (2015) Optimizing Communication in the Operating Room. Overlook Medical Center IONM conference. Summit, NJ

Doan AT (2015) Monitoring an Endoscopic, Endonasal Approach to Skull Base Tumors. Overlook Medical Center IONM conference. Summit, NJ

Andalib, P (2015) Quality Assurance and Risk Management Program: Road Map for Joint Commission Accreditation. Overlook Medical Center IONM conference. Summit, NJ

Shaughnessy, J (2015) The Link Between Operational Efficiencies and Patient Safety. Overlook Medical Center IONM conference. Summit, NJ

Vogel RW (2015). Sharps Safety in Intraoperative Neurophysiology. Operating Room In-Service, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

Vogel RW (2015). Anesthetic Considerations for Intraoperative Neurophysiology. Anesthesiology In-Service, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL, USA.

Doan, AT (2015) Pelvic Neuromonitoring During Osseous and Visceral Surgery. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Weston, FL, USA.


“We are currently in the process of developing a complete online education advanced IOM skills program.  This program will be designed  to be used in conjunction with our direct training and observation method in the OR in order to provide our neurophysiologists with an enhanced education and training experience.  We have a great number of highly skilled neurophysiologists and use this resource to promote knowledge and skill acquisition across all team members to provide the highest quality of care possible for all our patients and surgeons.”
— Barb Lewis, PhD, CNIM
“When I left academic research to pursue a career in intraoperative neurophysiology I brought with me a passion for teaching and a desire to advance the field of IONM.  After training in Philadelphia for 2 years I joined SPN and was promoted to area manager after 1 year.  While this role has really broadened my managerial skills, the best part has been the many opportunities I’ve had to engage in the areas that matter to me most.  From lectures and review sessions within our group, to speaking engagements at hospitals and conferences, to more recently— developing a collaborative research project with one of our client hospitals, I’ve been able to chart a career path that’s in line with my own goals and passions.  I’m grateful every day that SPN has been so supportive in this endeavor.”
— Michael Hopkins, PhD, CNIM

University Partnerships

At SPN we believe that neuromonitoring education starts with academic research and that we, as a private company, should support the growth and expansion of these programs. We’ve teamed up with leading institutions nationwide to expand the scope of neuromonitoring education and raise the profession’s standards across the board.

University of Michigan’s Bachelors Program in IONM

SPN supports and partially funds the nation’s first ever bachelor’s program in IOM. Graduates of the program, offered through the school of kinesiology, are taken through 4 years of classroom coursework and clinical rotations at The U of Michigan Medical Center. SPN offers Michigan graduates job placement opportunities, accelerated continuing education and CNIM training.

Joint Graduate Certificate Program in IONM with the University of Connecticut

SPN co-sponsored and co-developed the curriculum for UConn’s professional graduate certificate program in IONM debuting in summer of 2015. Through an intensive 6-week program, students go through neurophysiology training jointly led by UConn and SPN faculty members.


“Over the past decade and with the rapid expansion of the field of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) the need for more formal institutionalized education in the field has constantly grown. The academic relationships are in the core of Safe Passage’s efforts not only to train quality neurophysiologists but also to meet the need and shape up the future of IONM industry. Expansion of these collaborations will help in more formalized training across the field and shape up a clear path for those who seek to join IONM.”
— Payam Analib, PhD, D.ABNM