Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Neuromonitoring--new medical field

Ever heard of a neuromonitorist?  Joshua Mergos, director of the Neuromonitoring Program at the Univ of Michigan (the only accredited program for this in the world), says a neuromonitorist keeps tabs on the patient's neurological systems during certain types of surgeries.

When he was first starting out in the field, he was assisting in a back surgery on a 12-year-old girl. His tests showed she would lose function in her legs if the surgeon continued the approach he was using. The surgeon adjusted the screws and rods in the girl's spine--and she came through.

This is a fast-growing field--with starting salaries for U-M grads around $70,000 to $80,000. They not only take courses but pass a certification exam.

Neuromonitorists work for hospitals or companies who farm out such services to doctors and hospitals.

Something new everyday--lucky for us.

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