Biomed News – June 2014

June 01, 2014

BMES Receives Thousands of Research Abstracts for 2014 Annual Meeting

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has received a near-record-setting number of research abstracts submissions at nearly 2,300 to-date for the 2014 Annual Meeting, scheduled for the 22nd to 25th of October at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The society holds annual meetings that engage clinicians, key personnel, and interested participants in the field of biomedical engineering worldwide.

This is the 2nd highest number of submitted abstracts for BMES, and this year’s society meeting is poised to become one of BMES’ largest. Aside from 2,300 submissions, the booth sales are at its peak, with 99 reservations, which is 40% greater than last year’s sales at this period. Currently, there is already over 70% of the projected budget from sponsorship and ad profits alone.

BMES Meeting Chair John A. White and Program Chair Susan Margulies are collaborating on hosting a dynamic program to feature keynote discussions along with many other presentations from the best researchers in the field across the globe. Special sessions featuring the new Medical Devices Special Interest Group with speakers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as representatives of several major medical device manufacturers will also be included in the program.

Other program features to look forward to include a showcase of comprehensive career boosting events like the Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session, a mentor/mentee networking session with resume writing workshops. Interested parties may now begin booking hotel accommodations, reserving an exhibit booth, securing a sponsorship, or placing an advertisement. The 2014 Annual Meeting registration opens on June 15 while the abstract submission is already closed.

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HTMA-MW Schedules Symposium and Vendor Fair


The Healthcare Technology Management Association of the Midwest (HTMA-MW, formerly KCBS) has announced they will hold a one-day symposium and vendor fair at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kansas City. The event will be held on October 25, 2014 from 8:00am – 8:00pm. Registration is now open on the society’s website at

AAMI/HTF Training Program—Managing Risks of Integrated Systems and Networks in Healthcare Environments

Clinical engineering (CE) and information technology (IT) professionals are invited to participate in an in-depth discussion on today’s medical technology and standards as well as the industry challenges faced by professionals as a result of multiple platform integrations within healthcare delivery organizations. Leading experts with extensive experience such as David Yadin of Biomedical Engineering Consultants, LLC and Ted Cohen, Manager of Clinical Engineering of UC Davis Medical Center, among many others will spearhead the one-day program presentation highlighting medical technology risk management and wireless networking. This gathering of industry professionals will be held in conjunction with AAMI’s Annual Conference and Expo on June 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is offering an intensive 4-day program from June 9-13 at Alexandria in Virginia. In this program, AAMI will provide quality system professionals and other interested parties with basic information and know-how to develop a top quality system program in adherence to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Attendees can expect an optional half-day exam after every class.

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Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice

AAMI is inviting all key personnel working in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, design engineering, product research and development, manufacturing, and operations to this intensive 2½-day course from June 11-13 in Denver, Colorado. Leading industry professionals will be discussing practical application of the design control requirements of the Quality System Regulation to medical devices, incorporating hands-on exercises, how-to information implementation, and sharpened focus on life cycle aspects of risk management, and current industry examples.

More information on this course could be found at

Call for ASATT Board of Directors

The American Society of Anesthesia Technologist and Technicians (ASATT) officially announced the call for nominations of the Board and Executive Directors for the 2014-2015 terms. Submissions of nominations are due on the 15th of June, Members are being encouraged to nominate a good-standing fellow they believed to possess the qualification and dedication to help ASATT further advance as an organization.

It’s election time! Visit and login at today to submit a nomination.

Human Factors for Medical Devices

This 3-day course will offer participants a comprehensive, in-depth overview to human factors in connection with medical device applications.  Included in this course are the discussions of FDA regulatory requirements, interpretation of Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), and how-to information in relation to human factors in design control for ergonomics and engineering of medical devices.  Quality and design engineers, among many other field professionals are invited to sign up for the course on June 18-20 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Webinar: Building Your Management Tool Box—Part III: Interviewing Techniques

This webinar series, scheduled for June 19 at 1-2 PM, EST, is tailored to help healthcare technology management (HTM) supervisors and management trainees in honing overall supervisory and leadership skills. Interviewing techniques and practical tips in the selection of best candidates will be the highlight of the webinar series’ third part.

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Webinar: Sampling Plan—Part 2 of 3: Acceptance Sampling Plans for Inspection by Variables

AAMI will host a webinar series on Acceptance Sampling Plans this coming June 24, Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, EST. Field professionals dealing with Sampling Plan applications to satisfy FDA Quality System Regulations are invited to attend and gain skills on key statistical methods from Process Validation to Accomplished Device Acceptance.

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Webinar: Preparing for a Sterile Processing Accreditation Survey

This webinar based on the released second edition of Sterile Processing In Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Accreditation Surveys will be held in June 25, 2014 at 1-2:30 p.m., EST. Healthcare professionals are invited to sign up for this webinar series to learn standard sterile processing of surgical instruments and other medical devices in clinical settings as a preparation for upcoming accrediting agency surveys. This educational session is set to expound relevant information on many accreditation organizations and their requirements, including recent topics from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Joint Commission as well as accreditation survey findings from established professional organizations.

Please visit today and learn more about this upcoming webinar.


Past Events:


Root Cause Analysis of Medical Device Use Error

AAMI previously held a webinar on the Root Cause Analysis of Medical Device Use Error last May 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., EST. This webinar explained the regulatory directive to execute comprehensive and precise root cause analyses of use errors from validation usability tests of medical devices.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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