Surgical neurophysiologists use a number of tests including electroencephalogrphy (EEG), electromyography EMG), and evoked potentials to monitor the functional integrity of the nervous system while a patient is under anesthesia. The purpose of IONM is to reduce the risk of permanent post operative injury.
If you’re considering a job in healthcare with a stable career path, consider the possibility of working as a Surgical Neurophysiologist in the field of Intraoperative neuromonitoring.
1) Valued Member of the Surgical Team
As an integral part of the surgical team, you are a first-hand witness to the team that works alongside the surgeon including Anesthesiologists, Radiologists, Perfusionists, Operating Room Nurses, Surgical Techs and Medical Device Representatives. Not only will you interact with these highly-skilled professionals, but you will become educated about the important roles each plays in ensuring successful patient outcomes.
2) Varied Knowledge
Surgical Neurophysiologists have the unique opportunity to observe and be involved in a wide scope of orthopedic spine, vascular, cardiothoracic and neurosurgical procedures. The knowledge you will gain of current surgical techniques as well as the practical insights into the coordination and communication required in the OR, is fascinating and invaluable.
3) Workplace Flexibility
There is great variety to your workday. As a Surgical Neurophysiologist working for an independent IONM company, your schedule offers the opportunity work at different facilities and with different team members every day. Studies show that changing your work environment can boost mood, efficiency, productivity and even lower stress.
4) Rewarding Career Path
Intraoperative neuromomitoring is a meaningful career path. As the voice of the patient while under anesthesia, your ability to act as an early warning system on their behalf is not only purposeful, but rewarding.
5) Growth Opportunities
Statistics shows that careers in the health sector are on the rise and, with an ever-increasing amount of surgeries being performed using IONM as a tool, you will be part of a rapidly evolving field with limitless opportunities for growth and advancement.