Clinical asset management company TRIMEDX has expanded its commitment to providing active and veteran military personnel with opportunities of career growth in the healthcare technology management (HTM) sector.
As a certified U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge employer, TRIMEDX is helping ease the transition of military personnel who are nearing their return to the civilian workforce and are interested in biomedical, technological, or leadership experience. Below, Dawn Griffin, chief human resources and diversity officer at TRIMEDX, elaborates on why this new partnership can change the lives of military members for the better and give them the core skills to join the civilian workforce.
24×7: What is DoD SkillBridge and what inspired TRIMEDX to join this program?
Dawn Griffin: The DoD SkillBridge program provides an opportunity for military personnel to gain valuable work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service. TRIMEDX joined this program not only to provide opportunities for service members that want civilian work experience but also, through participation in this program, TRIMEDX has access to highly trained professionals with extensive unique experience that are a fantastic compliment to TRIMEDX.
24×7: What learning opportunities relating to the HTM industry will TRIMEDX offer to military personnel and veterans through the DoD SkillBridge program?
Griffin: Currently, our program supports continued and on-the-job learning in these areas of focus:
- Biomedical equipment technology: Provides a framework for building on the fundamentals of clinical engineering through our onsite and centralized support model.
- Clinical engineering leadership: Focused on providing a fast-track leadership training program for those with a foundational knowledge of clinical engineering and an interest in leadership.
- Cybersecurity: Connects cyber principles with medical device security by training on foundational elements of vulnerability management and general connected device security.
24×7: What does the program and curriculum that TRIMEDX has developed through this partnership look like? What else might participants glean from their involvement with this program?
Griffin: The available opportunities are situated at one of our physical locations throughout the U.S. allowing participants to learn next to skilled mentors. Additionally, it serves as an opportunity for participants to make important industry connections via onsite networking.
While the learning plans for each participant have looked slightly different in order to tailor to their level of understanding and career goals, at its core, our program focuses on these key areas: Clinical engineering fundamentals, and connected device security
24×7: How much focus does your company have on the training and education of military personnel?
Griffin: We are proud of our workforce at TRIMEDX, and 17% of our employees have military experience. This new partnership furthers our commitment to active and veteran military personnel by providing opportunities with TRIMEDX that may be a fit for an individual’s skills and abilities.
24×7: What makes employees with prior military experience so well-suited for the type of work that clinical engineering teams do in a hospital setting? Since TRIMEDX has experience employing those with military experience, what has the company, itself, observed.
Griffin: Individuals with military backgrounds typically have demonstrated experience with roles that require problem-solving, decision-making, teamwork and technical skill. Plus, they’ve often served in fast-paced, high-pressure situations—much like we often see in the hospital setting. They’re work-ready and well suited for our culture at TRIMEDX.