What skills do you believe an entry level BMET should have regarding diagnostic ultrasound, and what major changes do you see on the horizon in diagnostic ultrasound service?

The skills required of a candidate for an entry level BMET position depend on the characterization of the position itself. Some facilities will offer apprentice level positions that may only require good mechanical skills and some experience with electricity or electronics—a kind of a work-as-you-learn program. Others may be looking for a level 1 skill set and expect an ASBMET or equivalent experience.

AAMI feels that “The requirement to become a BMET is generally the completion of a 2-year BMET program leading to an associate of science (AS) from an accredited institution. All accredited institutions that offer an AS in BME provide instruction in both engineering and technology (traditionally electrical engineering and computer engineering) and the life sciences (specifically human anatomy and physiology). In addition, BMETs need effective oral and written communication skills. To be effective, BMETs must know the relevant codes and standards that apply to both biomedical equipment and to health care facilities.”

Generally speaking, a military background is a plus. Experience in electronics or electrical troubleshooting, good mechanical skills, and computer skills may be useful. But most of all do your homework before you interview. Is the facility public or private? Does it have a specialty? Who will you be talking to and what skills are they looking for? Knowing something about this new position will reduce the stress of the interview process and allow you to present a better impression. When you submit a resume don’t just send a generic form, customize the document to address the requirements of the position you for which you are applying. Lastly, don’t show up in sweats. Even though it won’t be part of the normal work uniform a pressed shirt, slacks, shined shoes, and a tie convey to the interviewer that you appreciate them taking their time to speak with you.

As to where is the business going. In general the convergence of biomedical and imaging technologies with the digital infrastructure of the facility has changed the demands on today’s BMETs and clinical engineers. Instrumentation and diagnostic imaging equipment continue to move into the virtual environment and are being actively networked for digital storage and consolidation of data.

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