The Technical Services Partnership (TSP) at the University of Vermont (UVM) collaborating center has been very active globally over recent months in support of Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the Americas and WHO internationally. Some of the work includes:
Strengthening of the Regulatory Capacity of Medical Devices in the Americas: San Salvador, El Salvador – At the October PAHO annual meeting of regulatory authorities from the Americas, the collaborating center participated in presentations, panel discussions and networking centered on Post Market Surveillance and Medical Device Cybersecurity. The twenty countries in attendance were appreciative of the clinical engineering actions and perspective related to regulatory activities.
Peruvian Ministry of Health (MoH): Lima, Peru – In October, Dr. Julio Medina Verástegui, Directorate General of Operations in Health, represented MoH in arranging HTM presentations, tours and meeting with health leaders at Arzobispo Loayza, María Auxiliadora, and Dos de Mayo national hospitals. Additional meetings and presentations were made for the Peruvian College of Physicians and Continental University School of Medicine. Peru has pockets of excellence in HTM and is working to develop a system throughout the MoH. The work in Peru involved significant contributions from Rossana Rivas, who is a key collaborator at the center.
International Clinical Engineering Intern – Arione Rojas from the Biomedical Engineering Technology program at University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago campus, began her internship in October. Arione is the 43rdinternational student to participate in an internship in our department. TSP also currently has three interns from the UVM biomedical engineering program.
IEEE INTERCON Conference: Lima, Peru: In August, presentations were made focusing on the health technology life cycle in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology (EMBS) tract. Also, consultation was provided regarding the undergraduate clinical engineering specialization and ABET requirements for biomedical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP)/Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) Joint BME program.
In the future, the collaborating center will be faculty in the pre-conference Post-Market Surveillance workshop, CE/BME Credentialing Best Practices and CE/HTM sessions and hosting an exhibit at the WHO Fourth Global Forum on Medical Devices in Visakhapatnam, India, December 13-15, 2018. Over 1000 global health technology leaders have registered for the event led by ACCE member Adriana Velasquez.
In January, Alvaro Ortega, 5th year biomedical engineering student from EIA University in Medellin, Colombia will begin his six-month internship. Lastly, we are excited to add Robert Painter, December UCONN MSBME/CE program graduate, as a clinical engineer in our department. Robert, who will start work in February, recently returned from a volunteer mission in Nigeria where he worked with Project Cure.