AAMI staff members log a lot of miles to connect with members in the healthcare technology management (HTM) community and share resources.
In mid-January, Allison Rafti, AAMI’s membership marketing director, travelled to San Diego to attend the California Medical Instrumentation Association’s (CMIA) statewide symposium.
“It was great to hear from people who wanted to get involved with AAMI,” said Rafti. “They were very excited about the new HTM Career Guide and Leadership Guide, which flew off the table. These helpful guides, and information about our new certification programs were very popular, and people were glad to have them.” She added that resources related to mobile or wireless health were much sought after as well.
According to Rene Steinkellner, a member of CMIA Board, there were 84 exhibit booths and 36 educational presentations, including one from Dean Skillicorn about AAMI Credentials Institute’s upcoming certifications. A big highlight of the event was a keynote address by George Mills, director of the department of engineering at The Joint Commission.
Earlier this month, Patrick Bernat, AAMI’s director of HTM, made the short drive from AAMI headquarters in Arlington, VA, to Baltimore, MD—site of a recent monthly meeting of the Baltimore Medical Engineers & Technicians Society (BMETS). At the meeting, BMETS President Chris Jones presented Bernat with a $500 contribution to the Michael J. Miller Scholarship Program.
“I was honored to attend the BMETS meeting and to accept the donation,” said Bernat, who added that he was “amazed at the number of attendees who showed up for a monthly meeting. I really appreciated their enthusiasm for the field, and the hospitality they showed me.”
The Michael J. Miller Scholarship Program has met its $500,000 funding goal. It will continue to help two students each year. In addition, AAMI is eyeing future projects for the fund. AAMI currently is accepting scholarship applications for 2015.