Health technologies are tools for health-care providers which are indispensable for effective and efficient prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the importance of health technologies for global health improvement and has expanded its expertise in the field of health technologies with particular emphasis on medical devices.


WHO collaborating centers are institutions which are designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's program. The Collaborating Centers play an important role in the global support of technologies benefiting health systems in member countries. The 2007 WHO resolution WHA60.29 calls for the effective use of health technologies, in particular medical devices, through proper planning, assessment, acquisition and management.


The Technical Services Partnership (TSP) at University of Vermont has a long history of global clinical engineering work. TSP first began working internationally by contributing as American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) faculty to Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops in1992 with staff participating in a total of seventeen workshops worldwide. Although offering clinical engineering internships since its inception for University of Vermont students in the area of clinical engineering, it first began implementing international student internships in 2005. In the past fifteen years, over forty interns from Argentina, China, Colombia, India, Peru, Spain, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago have been trained by TSP’s staff of clinical engineers. Through a grant from the Pan American Health Organization’s foundation, bilingual BMET and HTM online courses have been developed which have been taken by over 1000 students from 40 countries. Other contributions by TSP include volunteer mission work on the ground supporting clinical services and training staff in Guatemala, Rwanda, Peru, Colombia, Paraguay, and other low and middle income countries. TSP has also contributed to international meetings, conferences, joint publications, and training events on HTM.


In August 2017, the Technical Services Partnership (TSP) was designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Healthcare Technology Management. TSP is the only Collaborating Center in the United States focusing on healthcare technologies. The project work plan is to develop and conduct virtual, online educational courses on healthcare technology, live workshops for clinical engineering and technical training, publications, consulting, and studies in the area of HTM. The TSP team coordinates work to strengthen evidence-based selection and rational use of health technologies with the PAHO, WHO regional office for the Americas, and its HTM other collaborating centers at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédic, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and Centro Nacional de Excelencia Tecnológica en Salud, Ministry of Health – CENETEC (Mexico).
J. Tobey Clark and Michael W. Lane are Directors.



Clinical Engineering Internship

Technical Services Partnership (TSP) www.tsp-uvm.org

University of Vermont (UVM)

Contact: Tobey Clark

Tobey.clark@uvm.edu

 

Purpose – To provide orientation, training and mentoring of engineering students in the area of clinical engineering to allow them to begin a career in clinical engineering with an ethical, cross-disciplinary and global perspective.

Expectations

  1. Attendance: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm unless traveling; you will not be paid for hours not worked
  2. Attire: Business Casual – no jeans, T shirts
  3. Follow the guidelines of TSP and UVM in completing your orientation. Complete all compliance requirements.
  4. As part of the training period, successful completion of readings, an online course, oral and written tests is expected along with appropriate behavior, values and ethics.
  5. You are being paid for the internship and will need to accomplish tasks as assigned by the Director, clinical engineer, or other TSP supervisor.
  6. Weekly review meetings will be held to assess progress.
  7. After the internship is complete, the goal is for you to work independently performing clinical engineering tasks.

 

 

Schedule 26-week internship:

Week 1: Orientation to TSP, UVM and the clinical engineering field

Weeks 2-3: Training by Certified Clinical Engineers; readings; online course

Week 4: Oral and written assessment of student learning

Weeks 5-25: Clinical engineering internship

  • 8-12 weeks at University of Vermont Medical Center safety & performance testing, preventative maintenance, repair of medical equipment and equipment management
  • Assist staff clinical engineers in completion of hospital work, e.g. product evaluation, safety studies, hospital meetings, facilities surveys
  • Database orientated projects, e.g. medical device cybersecurity/PHI, research end–of-support, purchase price, optimum PM schedule, other as required
  • Projects related to the WHO Collaborating Center for HTM as needed

Week 26: Final report, evaluation, and celebration of achievement (certificate of completion, party, etc.)

 

TRAINING

  1. Classroom and hospital training and mentoring by Certified Clinical Engineers on all topic areas

 

  1. Healthcare Technology Planning and Management online course: 

Week 1: Healthcare Technology (four topics)

Week 2: Healthcare Technology Planning (five topics)

Week 3: Healthcare Technology Management (four topics)

Week 4: Clinical engineering department (three topics)

(Course background:

https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-9023-3_58 )

 

  1. Oral examinations on learning Week 4

 

Reference Text:  A Practicum for Healthcare Technology Management, (PDF provided)

 

UVM and international interns are mentored by the collaborating center

UVM and international interns are mentored by the collaborating center

Participants from 14 Caribbean nations at March 2019 workshop

Participants from 14 Caribbean nations at March 2019 workshop

The collaborating center presented at the PAHO Regulatory Agencies meeting of the Americas

The collaborating center presented at the PAHO Regulatory Agencies meeting of the Americas