Special Interest Section: Pediatrics and Neonatology


Author: Melanie Sewkarran, R. EEG T., CLTM

I enjoy attending ASET Conferences for several reasons. First of all, it’s an opportunity to get out of my routine and go someplace new. I love routine, so the ASET Annual Conference is always a good push. I also love the opportunity to meet others in the same profession – on the one hand, we all do the same thing yet on the other hand, we all have unique perspectives and experiences. I like discussing with others the reasons behind why they do things the way they do, and I often walk away with something to take back home and try. I think it’s a good time to take the pulse of our individual lab: Are we doing things a little ahead of the curve, or are we lagging a bit behind? Have we prioritized our goals and vision correctly? Can we learn from what other labs have experienced?

I know there are times throughout the year when I feel a bit alone, like when I’m trying to solve some big process issue or deal with tackling code changes (can I get an “Amen!”) and I forget that there are people all over the country/world that could be wrestling with the same issues. Or better yet, they may even have answers they’re willing to share!! When we all come together, it reminds me I’m a part of a larger whole.

Unfortunately, our hospital is still restricting travel for conferences so I won’t be able to join in person this year, but I’m hoping that being virtually present will still serve as my EEG “family time” until I can look forward to 2022!

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