Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Each of Bloomsburg University's 54 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs are unique and special in their own way. And our audiology department’s Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IOM) path, a graduate training program in clinical neurophysiology led by Qing Yue, associate professor of audiology and speech pathology, may be the most unique.
It is the only program of its kind offered in the nation.
IOM involves the identification and monitoring of neurological structures during surgery to prevent injury/complications to the nervous system and provide surgical guidance. Students obtaining a doctorate in audiology specializing in IOM graduate with not only an academic understanding of IOM practices and technology but clinical application as well.
In medical centers across the country, IOM training is mostly done on the job. However, with a doctorate from BU, graduates enter the workforce fully prepared. As its own area of specialty within audiology, the IOM path has more than 10 graduate courses tailored to academic and clinical application of all IOM equipment used today. Students with backgrounds in biology, engineering or premed are encouraged to apply for the IOM program.