Author: Magdalena Warzecha, R. EEG/EP T., CLTM
Why do I go to the ASET Annual Conference?
Attending the ASET Annual Conference is a unique and very special experience. There are many reasons to attend, most importantly, the Annual Conference offers three days of outstanding educational sessions for technologists on every level of advancement in the field, in different modalities, and in various stages of professional development. Unlike other conferences organized by AES, ACNS or ASNM, the ASET lectures are designed and prepared specifically for technologists and they are presented at an appropriate level by physicians, technologists and other experts in the field. With multiple tracks running simultaneously, covering different modalities, there is always an interesting topic to learn about, or renowned speaker to ask a question. Another unique feature of ASET Annual Conference is the professional advancement track offered every year, where technologists can learn about career paths, and opportunities they may have not been aware of before. Educators’ sessions are a great way for Neurodiagnostic Program Directors to meet and discuss their challenges. Leaders of ASET State Chapters meet to compare experiences and exchange ideas.
Another equally important reason to go to the ASET conference is networking. Meeting other Neurodiagnostic professionals, exchanging experiences and discussing solutions is a great way to form new friendships. During breaks, lunches and organized social events, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new colleagues, spend time with leaders and educators, people we admire and learn from. In the Exhibit Hall technologists can learn about latest innovative technologies, see demos of new Neurodiagnostic equipment and test new products. ASET staff and volunteers always do a great job making sure everyone feels welcomed and enjoys the conference.
I go to the ASET conference to learn, to see old friends and meet new, likeminded colleagues, but also for the sense of belonging to a greater Neurodiagnostic family. Attending my first ASET conference inspired me to volunteer for ASET and to get involved in my local Neurodiagnostic Society in Illinois. From then on, it is hard to measure the impact, but I met many wonderful people who made me a better technologist, better leader and a better person. ASET’s Anna Bonner described it perfectly: “ASET is a family, and the Annual Conference is a family reunion”- A celebration of our profession and of our people. I attend the ASET conference every year because I simply cannot imagine not to. I hope to see you there this August!