Promoting Education and Attainment of the Highest Level of Knowledge and Understanding of Clinical Neurophysiology
The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) has member societies in 62 countries. The IFCN mission is to promote best practice in clinical neurophysiology through education and research throughout the world. And our vision is to improve healthcare worldwide by understanding the nervous system and optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of its disorders through clinical neurophysiology.
According to the IFCN Statutes, the “mission of the Federation is to strive, in all countries, to promote education and the attainment of the highest level of knowledge and understanding in the field of clinical neurophysiology”. Expanding this objective further, “the term ‘clinical neurophysiology’ shall not be interpreted in a restrictive sense”.
To accomplish its educational objectives the IFCN has traditionally:
- Organized international congresses and chapter and regional meetings
- Appointed special committees, commissions, groups or individuals
- Fostered and facilitated, in all countries, the proper methods of study
- Promoted meetings and the exchange of ideas the field of CN
- Printed and published a highly respected Journal
- Published books and guidelines
In 2011 the ExCo of the IFCN discussed and approved a “Vision Paper” prepared by our President, Prof. P. Rossini, that in the area of education states the following: “Despite the large territorial differences in the educational track which make a global IFCN strategy unrealistic, there are a few items of general interest on which IFCN can focus specific attention and resources.”
- Teaching of clinical neurophysiology within medical schools both at the pre- and post-graduate levels. This pertains to both medical and technician professional trainees
- Continuing education
- Training of young clinical neurophysiologists and technicians in the “traditional” neurophysiological techniques (i.e. regular electroencephalography [EEG] recording/ interpretation/reporting, routine nerve conduction study [NCS]/electromyography [EMG] & evoked potentials [EPs] recording/ interpretation/reporting)
- Training in special neurophysiological techniques (i.e. microneurography, intraoperative monitoring, transcranial magnetic and/or direct current stimulation (TMS &/or tDCS) and related techniques, autonomic nervous system evaluation, dipole localization, high density EEG, magnetoencephalography (MEG), advanced EEG/EMG signal analysis etc.)”. Education on emerging techniques is of major concern and is strongly promoted by IFCN
In 2010 the IFCN started a training program for young neurophysiologists in the form of an IFCN Scholarship. Please click here for more information on the scholarship program.
The IFCN continues to support free access to Clinical Neurophysiology for members in economically disadvantaged areas.
The new IFCN website provides digital tools to meet the same goals:
- New tools for education can be developed via the internet.
- Special Interest Groups can be organized and moderated in this website
- Organizations of technologists around the world can develop educational and outreach activities
- Online learning with video demonstrations of special CN techniques can be presented here.
- Virtual Meetings, seminars, etc. could be place here.
We are open to new proposals in the area of education to all IFCN members around the world.