AAMI Introduces New HTM Certification for Next-Gen Workforce
AAMI has developed the Certified Associate in Biomedical Technology (CABT), a new kind of certification aimed at professionals considering or just starting a career in healthcare technology management (HTM). By passing the certification exam, candidates can demonstrate that they possess the fundamental skill set to meet the growing demands of the HTM field while ensuring a high level of competency.
It’s no secret that the HTM field is expecting a glut of open positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 2,000 new medical equipment repairer positions will be created by 2028, while clinical lab and industry technician positions are facing even more substantial growth, creating an additional 35,100 new jobs across science and medical sectors. However, what’s worrying managers is that an estimated 50% of the current clinical engineering workforce is over the age of 50. As this group retires, and the number of senior professionals available to coach new hires dwindles, the demand for new hires will only increase.
“AAMI is working hard not only to provide a solution for this anticipated deficit of HTM professionals, but to help promising professionals start their HTM careers right,” said MJ McLaughlin, director of education programming at AAMI. “Extensive work went into developing the CABT to help address these concerns and ensure a bright future for HTM.”
Starting this autumn, entry-level HTM professionals already working in the field may apply for CABT certification to demonstrate mastery of basic competencies, a commitment to professional development and position one’s self for accelerated career advancement. There are no minimum work experience requirements for CABT applicants.
For more information, visit www.aami.org/aci.
AAMI to Leverage Cognitive Science to Deliver Online Training
Over the last two years, AAMI has been transforming and modernizing to better serve members and stakeholders. Now, the organization is announcing a new strategic partnership, one aimed at delivering revolutionary online training.
“We’ve invested heavily in upgrading our education offerings – overhauling core components of our curriculum, investing in new courses and certifications, and launching our state-of-the-art AAMI Center for Excellence to support classroom-based and live-streamed training,” noted Rob Jensen, president and CEO of AAMI. “Now, we’re turning our attention to transforming the delivery of online education. To that end, we are delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Amplifire, the leader in leveraging cognitive science to radically improve training outcomes.”
The platform was developed by neuroscientists and cognitive experts from Harvard and four other leading academic institutions. Amplifire’s strategy of using memory “triggers” to promote rapid learning and long-term retention will now be harnessed for crucial industry training.
As a part of the strategic partnership, AAMI will become a member of the Amplifire Healthcare Alliance, leveraging AAMI expertise to add medical device and health technology courses to the Alliance network. In addition, AAMI will work directly with medical device manufacturers, independent service organizations and healthcare delivery organizations to develop custom solutions utilizing the Amplifire platform.
New Collaboration Between AAMI, Archimedes Center Promises Greater Innovation in Medical Device Security
AAMI and the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security have announced a new collaboration to advance medical device cybersecurity practices across the entire medical device lifecycle. The two organizations will work together to connect their networks of medical device and health technology professionals across the country.
“Cybersecurity is a major area of concern for medical device safety, and it’s an area where AAMI has been active and will be even more active in the future,” says Robert Burroughs, AAMI senior vice president of education. “Our collaboration with Archimedes will expand the reach of some of the world’s leading experts in the area of cybersecurity and lead to new education offerings and resources that will drive patient safety. We welcome them as members to the AAMI community.”
Housed at the University of Michigan’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, Archimedes is funded by 17 institutional members to support graduate students and train health care professionals to better integrate security engineering into medical device design, procurement and operation. The center is led by UM professor Kevin Fu, who previously co-chaired the AAMI Working Group on Medical Device Security, which developed technical information report AAMI TIR57:2016, which outlines core principles for medical device security and risk management.
Looking for a Job or a Candidate? AAMI Career Center Can Help
In these unprecedented times, searching for a job can be more overwhelming and stressful than ever. The AAMI Career Center is a valuable resource to help health technology professionals navigate your next career move or find the ideal candidate for your organization. Whether you graduated this year in a virtual ceremony, are adapting your skills in this constantly changing environment, or are hiring to cover a surging need in your hospital, we are here to support you throughout your search.
The Career Center provides 24-hour access to HTM job openings, attracting thousands of professionals every week and new postings daily, as well as a wealth of helpful resources for AAMI members. The Career Center allows you to upload your résumé, or you can create one online. There are a number of articles and tips on résumé writing, from things you may have forgotten to include to how to make your writing sound more professional.
Additionally, make sure to increase your confidence in your résumé by taking advantage of our service to receive expert review and feedback on this important document. Once you’ve perfected it, you can include your résumé anonymously in our bank for companies to review.
The Career Center allows you to create custom job alerts tailored to what you are looking for. You can easily set up alerts on your account to be notified when positions are posted that match your criteria. This is a helpful tool to use when you don’t have time to check the job boards every day, and instead the best matched postings are sent straight to you at a frequency of your choosing.
For more information, visit www.aami.org/careercenter.
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