January 2016

Hello and Happy New Year!

My name is Liz Fischetti and I am the newly elected MSETs president for the 2016-2018 term.  The new year presents lots of changes for us all, some personal, some professional.  We hope that MSET will be able to assist you in your quest for professional continuing education and will strive to make it affordable and accessible.  We are in the process of collaborating with health systems on the west side of Michigan as well as southern Michigan for our annual spring and fall conferences.

Let me tell you a little about myself and how I came into being the new president of MSET.  It was nearly ten years ago that I was working as a solo tech in a cardiology department that also housed the EEG department.  Having already had experience in performing EEG studies I was asked to help out in the lab which I did willingly.  Shortly after that the full time technologists retired and I was working part time and then full time covering the EEG lab.  My manager encouraged me to sit for boards and I thought she was out of her mind.  I come from the years when hospitals would cross train their staff into different modalities within their department.  I had never attended a formal END program but had performed thousands of EEGs.  I had great hands on experience but no formal education.  Something inside me told me to try and I began searching for some affordable ways to educate myself further and that is how I came across Connie Kubiak and the MSET board.  Before I knew it I was not only attending an MSET meeting I was SPEAKING at one!!!  WHAT? I said to myself!  I hate public speaking and I don’t know any of those people.  Again, something inside me prodded me along and I ended up meeting some wonderful people who are great resources in the field of neurodiagnostics as well as great friends.  The next thing I knew I was being nominated (thanks Larry!) to the MSET board and the rest is history.

The reason I shared my little story is because I want you to realize that MSET is here for all of us, but it is only as good as we make it.  Sometimes we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zones just a bit. Get up from your chair behind the conference table and stand in front of it and share what you know with us!  We need the expertise of all of you, working in all areas of neurodiagnostics.

I would like to encourage all MSET members to become involved in our society.  It is the membership that can strengthen an organization.  I am happy to report that we had some new nominations for the MSET board this year but I am not quite sure that the membership understands that it is also their responsibility to vote for the nominees.  It is not the board members that elect nominees it is the entire membership.

Our society needs more involvement from our technologists offering to speak at conferences too.  We have so much to offer to each other, so many “tricks of the trade” if you will.  Whatever your strength is please consider sharing it with others.  Presentations do not always have to be power points, you can make it interactive or even hands on.  We are always looking for someone to share their expertise.  I know what you are thinking as you read this “I don’t like to speak publicly” and I completely understand that because neither do I!

I hope to be an asset to this organization and to be able to “pay it forward” when it comes to what I have gained from this society.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!  And I hope to see you all at our next meeting.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Fischetti, R. EEG T.

Spring 2013

2013 ….. wow it seems like just a couple of years ago we were worried about Y2K and its implications and just yesterday the end of the Mayan calendar.  People have for far too long focused on “the end” of things instead of focusing on “what is now” or “what is to come”.  That is my goal: to focus on MSET as it is today and to keep us current in our education, utilize the resources we have available, but also to remember where we came from.

I was given a rather large box at the end of last year that contained MSET information dating back so far that off the top of my head, I can’t remember all of the documents.  One day I was sifting through it all and organizing it in a way that works for my OCD brain.  I saw old meeting minutes, educational materials, etc.  In looking at some of the education materials, I was pleasantly surprised at how so much of it is still very relevant today…..who would have thought that things that were from the 80s would still be relevant in 2013?  In my head I compare a cassette tape boom box to and iPod and am shocked at that change, but still marvel at how much of what we do remains the same!  In looking at those old materials, there is so much history and information that should be shared with you all.  My intention is to put all of that out on the MSET website to share with our membership.  It may take me some time to scan some 30+ years of information, but believe me when I tell you how great some of the “goodies” are.

2013 is a year of celebration for MSET as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.  During those 40 years there have been much growth.  People have grown, our technology has grown and the key to it all is our membership has grown.  The most important thing that has remained constant is the commitment that MSET has to its membership and to neurodiagnostic technicians and technologists, and that is to provide affordable continuing education for those who need it.  That has not changed, that will not change, but that will grow, and I’m very excited to be a part of that!

2013 brought in some changes to the Board of Directors of MSET.  I have stepped up to the plate as acting President of the organization under the wonderful tutelage of Past-President Mary Harvey.  I am extremely excited about leading MSET and have some wonderful people to work with.  I welcome Greg Miller back for a second term as Secretary/Treasurer of the organization.  Greg has so much knowledge and passion that I often find myself in awe of him!   Eileen Hyde was re-elected to serve another term on the Board,  and I welcome Renee Krebs to the MSET Board of Directors.  I am truly excited to work with all of these individuals as well as Liz Fischetti and Brian Carlton who are our returning Board Members.  Together, the Board of Directors keeps MSET on our path of being one of the leading and, in my opinion, best neurodiagnostic societies in the nation.  We owe a large part of that to our membership and leadership.   So, I would like to personally thank you all for your commitment to MSET, without your commitment, MSET would likely cease to exist, and that simply cannot happen.

I would like to extend a special thank you to both Mary Harvey and Connie Kubiak.  Both Mary and Connie have been such a source of inspiration for me and are two people I rely on to help me keep MSET always first and foremost in my focus.  They have both been a great source of knowledge and have worked many years tirelessly to make MSET what it is today.  And I just now realized how big of shoes I must fill!

Plans are currently underway for the Spring Conference.   I was hoping and it was my intention to have everything all set and ready to go by this point, but unfortunately, things did not work out that way.  The agenda has finally been posted, I am anticipating a few additions to the lineup.  I am so thrilled with what is coming to be.  The conference will have a NDX and PSG focus with the morning being a joint session and some afternoon breakouts.  I’m very excited about St. Mary’s Grand Rapids hosting the conference for us.  The folks there have put in a lot of work and I truly appreciate the help they have been.

The fall conference is going to be something special.  The Board of Directors in conjunction with some of the MSET Past Presidents are working on making it an incredible two day conference with fascinating speakers, current and trending topics, loads of history and some fun thrown in.  We are extending an invitation to the Indiana and Ohio neurodiagnostic professionals and it is my intention to invite members of the Central Society as well.  I expect it to be nothing short of an amazing educational and networking opportunity.

Sometimes I feel like I am forever a cheerleader, and I’m okay with that.  So here goes my “spiel”!    MSET is an organization that runs solely on the talent and volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors, Officers and members.  We are always looking for people who would like to volunteer within the organization.  No job is too big; no job is too small for any volunteer to fill.  It is a challenge to run a successful organization such as MSET with limited personnel.  If anyone out there is interested in helping out on a committee, volunteering to assist at conferences, etc., please feel free to contact any of the board members.  It’s really a lot of fun!  When we get together, it’s always a hoot!  Ask yourself, what could YOU contribute to MSET….think about it!

With that, I’ll get off my proverbial “high horse” and wish you all a wonderful spring (if it ever gets here) and hope to see many of you in Grand Rapids in April for an exciting time in West Michigan!

Warmest Regards!

Donna Jacobs, MSET President

January 2012

The start of each year seems to prompt a slew of resolutions, commitments, and initiatives to eliminate the behaviors preventing us from achieving self-actualization. Well… as I dislike admitting to failure I resolved many years ago to never make another New Year’s resolution, especially one that is doomed to fail. My rationale has as much to do with my distaste for failure as my admittedly long list of deficiencies and inadequacies; I couldn’t possibly accomplish so much change in just one day.

Each new day provides us a renewed opportunity to make a difference through our communication, choices, attitude, and actions. This year allows me 366 opportunities to spend a few more minutes with my children as I tuck them into bed; savor each moment with my elderly parents; appreciate my husband; volunteer; reconnect with an old friend… make a new one; listen more… talk less; pay it forward; expect less… give more; compliment more… criticize less; gain knowledge… lose misconceptions; practice tolerance and respect; accomplish more… ponder less; sleep more… clean less. Surely, far too many character enhancements to make in just one day!

I especially am looking forward to 2012 and my fulfilling my responsibilities to the membership in this final year of my tenure as MSET President. My overall goal is to make a positive impact on the future growth and continued success of our organization. I appreciate the support of the membership and especially the Board of Directors for their service and contributions of time, energy, and talent. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” by Margaret Mead.

Just to name a few accomplishments we’ve made over the past couple years:

  1. Website launch – msetinfo.org
  2. Online payment option
  3. Online conference registration
  4. Bylaws revision
  5. Delineation of committee responsibilities
  6. Formation of Historical Committee
  7. Sponsorship program
  8. Conferences in the north, west, and mideast portions of Michigan
  9. Collaboration with national societies
  10. Facebook and Linkedin profiles
  11. Nominations and elections
  12. Membership growth and retention

Yes, we’ve accomplished much but we’ve only just begun. Plans are currently underway for the Spring 2012 MSET Meeting which will be held in southeast lower Michigan. The Annual Fall Conference will again be in Saginaw at St. Mary’s of Michigan. 2013 is a monumental year in that MSET will be celebrating 40 years of providing affordable neurodiagnostic educational opportunities. Plans are already underway for a two-day conference with special guest speakers, social event, cutting edge neuroscience, neurodiagnostic and polysomnography topics, officers reunion, lecture/workshop educational format, reunion, and inviting our neighboring state society members in Indiana and Illinois.

Elections were held last fall, thanks to all who voted… your input really does count. Congratulations to Donna Jacob, MSET President-Elect. Donna has been an active MSET member for several years, served on the Board of Directors, Website Committee Chair, and hosted the Spring Conference in Kalamazoo in 2011. She brings to this position her energy, enthusiasm, and a keen vision for propelling MSET into the future. Liz Fischetti was reelected to another two-year term and welcome to Brian Carlton, our newest board member. We look forward to your contributions of talent and knowledge and appreciate your commitment to our organization. Many thanks also to veteran board members Greg Miller, Eileen Hyde, and Kasey Fox; your continued efforts and enthusiasm are… priceless.

Lastly, thanks to Connie Kubiak for all you’ve done throughout the years in your support and dedication to MSET. Where to begin? Mentor, teacher, friend, supporter, leader, role model, advisor, and consummate MSET champion. Looking forward to your continued contributions to MSET as Chair of the Verne Hulce Award and Historical Committees. If you happen to drop by St. Mary’s Neurodiagnostics, don’t be surprised if you hear one of the techs blurt out “WWCT” when faced with a “what’s the right thing to do” EEG case scenario? That folks… is what I would call “making a difference.”

Respectfully,

Mary Harvey, MSET President

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. »»

October 2009

Fall is in the air and changes are very apparent.  Since last I wrote to you, there have been many happenings with MSET. »»

October 2009

Fall is in the air and changes are very apparent.  Since last I wrote to you, there have been many happenings with MSET.  The Fall meeting has come and gone.  Held in Saginaw, at St Mary’s of Michigan, it was very well attended.  We had approximately 60 people in attendance. With registration, they also received membership with MSET for 2010.  Topics discussed were wide ranging.  We had physician speakers, technologists and nurses also. There was lots of networking and mentoring during the breaks and at lunch. Thanks to all the vendors who supplied financial support and goodies for all in attendance.

The first annual Verne Hulce Award of Excellence was given to an attendee. Larry Head, of Larry Head Institute, donated one education program.  The recipient was selected at random by Larry and the honor went to Carrie Westhoff.  Carrie is finishing her on-line EEG Program this year and hopes to use award to assist in her R.EEG T.  Congratulations to Carrie.

There have been some changes to the MSET web site.  Stay tuned for more to come.  MSETinfo.org should be the site for all news and information for both members and non-members.  MSET is now on Facebook and Twitter.  While this is a new technology for yours truly, I look forward to “seeing” you and “tweeting”.

Elections are on the horizon.  We have a President-elect position and 2 Board Positions open.  Several people have stepped up and thrown their hats into the ring.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in running for a position, please contact me at ckubiak@mhc.net or Mary Harvey at harvey.mary@gmail.com.

Exciting things are coming.  Watch the announcements section for upcoming events, look for pictures soon of past events and watch for those election ballots.

As always, your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Your MSET President

Connie Kubiak