As the only professional association representing IONM professionals in Canada, our mission is to promote the field of IONM and foster the development of the profession through education and certification, so as to provide optimum patient care. To accomplish this mandate, CANM has enacted a comprehensive education and accreditation initiative to better serve the needs of present and future IONM professionals, as well as those of the providers and patients in the Canadian healthcare system.
A cornerstone component of our education initiative will be the CANM-Michener Institute Graduate Certificate in IONM. This innovative online learning program is the first of its kind and will provide learning opportunities for those across Canada and worldwide due to its flexibility and accessibility in offering asynchronous content. The courses will range from basic sciences to advanced topics in IONM and will prepare the learner for a career in IONM. The certificate program will foster the students’ eligibility for a clinical residency program and the national accreditation exam, which is currently under development by CANM.
Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) Graduate Certificate Program
Who are we?
The Canadian Association of Neurophysiological Monitoring (CANM) is a national association of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) professionals.
How did we begin?
In 2007, a group of IONM professionals in the Toronto area began planning a gathering of Canadians interested in IONM. At this inaugural scientific symposium in 2008, the concept of a national association was overwhelmingly approved and CANM was officially launched.
To promote the field of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring and foster the development of the profession through education and certification, so as to provide optimum patient care.
To be recognized as the united voice for the profession of neurophysiological monitoring in Canada.
What is IONM?
An established field of allied healthcare dedicated to protecting the nervous system function of patients undergoing high-risk surgery. Surgeons utilize IONM to help guide surgical decision-making during procedures such as scoliosis correction, spine surgery, epilepsy surgery, brain, and spinal cord tumors. IONM professionals work in close collaboration with surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other operating room staff.
How does it work?
IONM professionals utilize a variety of tests, including motor evoked potentials (MEP), somatosensory evoked potentials (SEP), electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and more, to assess the functional status of the patients nervous system throughout the surgical procedure while the patient is under anesthesia. The feedback received from the IONM professional can assist in preventing devastating outcomes, such as paralysis.
Who performs IONM?
Currently, Canada has a core group of highly qualified IONM professionals coming from a range of professional and educational backgrounds.
Why a Graduate Certificate?
A graduate certificate will allow IONM education and care to be standardized across the country and will provide accessible, consistent, and comprehensive training. To our knowledge, this will be the first program dedicated exclusively to IONM.
Why partner with Michener?
CANM selected The Michener Institute of Education for their extensive experience with programs such as Cardiovascular Perfusion, Respiratory Therapy/Anesthesia Assistant, and Physician Assistant – all reputable allied health professions. Michener also holds a unique ability to be innovative and agile, and specializes in online education, which CANM felt was essential for accessibility of this program.
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