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What Is IntraOperative NeuroMonitoring (IONM)?
IONM Course Sequence
IONM Faculty
IONM Links

What Is IntraOperative NeuroMonitoring (IONM)?

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IntraOperative NeuroMonitoring (IONM) is a growing field that involves the monitoring of the central and peripheral nervous systems of patients undergoing surgical procedures such as orthopedic spinal correction (scoliosis treatment), cranial neurosurgery, and interventional radiologic procedures. IONM helps improve patient outcome by carefully assessing the functional status of nervous tissue, including spinal column tracts, eloquent brain regions, and peripheral nerve. This neurophysiologic information helps the surgeon perform a safer, and sometimes more thorough procedure.

  •  Winter 2013 Movement Digital article: "What's That You Hear?" about this new program.
  •  Winter 2013 IONM pilot program YouTube video

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IONM Course Sequence

IONM courses reside within the Movement Science curriculum (terms offered in parentheses):

Note: Course sequence and semesters offered are subject to change. Please consult IONM faculty to confirm curriculum plan.

  •  Full list of MOVESCI Courses
  •  IONM Flyer (2013).

Getting to Know the Brain

Studying the brain and its functions is a major component of the IONM curriculum

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Forms and Bulletins

School Bulletin
Bulletin Undergraduate 2014-15
Bulletin MOVESCI Section

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IONM Faculty

Josh Mergos, MS (
IONM Program Director

  •  Professor Mergos's CV

Meet Josh Mergos

"I’ve always been passionate about teaching. Shortly after beginning my graduate work in biomedical engineering, I learned about the field of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring. I began to shadow and train under a team of neuromonitorists at a teaching hospital and focused my graduate studies on neurophysiology, with an emphasis on the differences between peripheral sensory and motor nerve fiber electrical excitability.

"After obtaining certification in the field (passing the CNIM exam) and continuing to work as a neuromonitorist where I received my training, I had the opportunity to spend some time educating neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other health care professionals overseas in the field of neuromonitoring. I then took a similar position at the University of Michigan Health Care System (UMHS) and completed my graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering.

"I’ve spent the past few years developing and teaching undergraduate IONM-specific Movement Science classes within the School of Kinesiology as we’ve partnered with the Department of Neurology to create a formalized Bachelor’s-level education program for the field of IONM. It’s required a lot of hard work, but it’s something our field has needed for a long time and I’m grateful to be a part of meeting that need.”.

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American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET)

American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM)

U-M IOM Service

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