President’s Letter 2010

Fall 2010
Greetings,

I’m writing this on our nation’s Election Day. Although am frustrated with the mudslinging and derogatory remarks thrown about by our wannabe political leaders, I’m also so very grateful that I live in a society where I can make a difference by casting my vote. On a much smaller scale, each of also has an opportunity to make a difference in our profession by serving on a committee or as a board member in your professional society. One of the best ways to be heard (and seen) is to become involved. This may be in your community, school, Optimist’s Club, athletic association, wellness group, church, or maybe even MSET! Yes… MSET!!! We need people excited about their profession and eager to make a positive difference. That’s the only qualification one needs to become involved. Please note I did not include “spare time” as a qualification, we are all so very busy with our overwhelming schedules and to-do lists that if I were to include this MSET would likely cease to exist. As for the pay, well let me just say it’s…  priceless!

There is much going on nationally within the field of electroneurodiagnostics to report.  We can now officially describe what we do as a profession a bit more easily as ASET has decided to drop “electro” from our career classification. Personally, I think it’s a great change that will be a welcomed by most. We now only have to pronounce nine instead of thirteen syllables (yup, count ‘em) when telling people what we do for a living. And that’s just for the word “electroneurodiagnostics” Add the other four syllables by saying “technologist” and by the time we’ve said “electroneurodiagnostic technologists” well… Simplification is good, although I do have to admit it did sound really impressive.

MSET has been asked to participate in the national “Grassroots Campaign” to bring awareness to this allied health profession to government agencies and promote recognition in our profession. ASET is spearheading this campaign to provide us with the knowledge and infrastructure to deal with future challenges and opportunities for our profession. Although many may see this as an attempt to control or infringe upon our uniqueness, without a consolidated accurate database of the number of people actually perform neurodiagnostic (including polysomnograms) studies, we risk anonymity or getting grouped with other professions such as respiratory, cardiac, medical assistants, etc. This is a prime example of “strength in numbers.” Without standing up and being counted, it’s as if we don’t count at all.

So… I hope each of you took the opportunity to vote on Election Day and please exercise your membership privilege to vote for your candidate of choice in the MSET elections.

Respectfully,

Mary Harvey, R. EEG/EP T., R. NCS T., CNIM
MSET President-Elect