The remarkable progress of MEG over its first half-century is reflected by the hundreds of publications and thousands of epilepsy or neurosurgical patients who benefited from it. Yet, its penetration into the mainstream clinical practice remains insufficient despite the evidence. One of the identified critical limitations is an insufficient availability of appropriately trained physicians to provide high quality MEG reports: clinical magnetoencephalographers.
It is a fact of physicians’ professional lives in the era of strict training requirements, including rigid duty hours, that no medical residency or existing (accredited) fellowship prepares a physician for this role.
Sustained and diverse efforts of the ACMEGS in the domain of MEG education, mainly through short courses, workshops, special interest groups, symposia, and clinical presentations - are insufficient to fill this systemic void.
Multiple new MEG systems are expected to be installed in the US every calendar year, yet it is unclear how these upcoming clinical MEG openings can be filled with appropriately trained physicians.
Thus, it is a propitious time for the ACMEGS to expand its formal role in educational domain by helping MEG centers start uniformly structured training programs that parallel the levels of scrutiny found in any other neurological subspecialty training.
The intent of this ACMEGS document is to provide a pragmatic conceptual framework for a befitting start. It aims to be a pragmatic blueprint that would organically prepare the conforming programs for a smooth accreditation under the UCNS or ACGME in the future.
Aspiring to engage all our members in this critical effort for the future of the Clinical MEG field and maximize benefiting from our collective knowledge, experience, and wisdom, we invite our members to provide constructive comments and suggestions for further improvements of the document over the next several months.
Please reply with your comments and suggestions no later than May 1, 2021.