A monthly look at what’s shakin’ with local biomedical associations

The New England Society of Clinical Engineers (NESCE) sponsored a Strategic Luncheon on Feb. 10 to explore ways to provide more support for members, member organizations and the biomedical engineering profession. More than 20 representatives from hospitals and ISOs heard proposals to make comprehensive service schools available to the membership. The NESCE also held a symposium in Sturbridge, Mass., which included 21/2 days of updates on vendors’ latest technologies.

The Washington State Biomedical Association (WSBA) is well along on plans for its annual meeting, scheduled for Sept. 14. The WSBA Medical Technology Symposium will feature seminars along three tracks — Management, Technician and Networking/Radiology. The WSBA also plans on classes covering topics such as DICOM, HIPAA, electronic record keeping and WMTS.

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital was the host for the quarterly meeting of the North Central Biomedical Association (NCBA) in early May. The meeting included a tour of the facilities, followed by a luncheon. Members were scheduled to discuss donations of used medical electronic equipment for the veterinary teaching facility. The NCBA also is formulating plans for an educational seminar this fall.

The Gateway Biomedical Society (GBS of in St. Louis) has set its calendar of events for 2002. The GBS has meetings planned for July 18 at Forest Park Hospital and for Sept. 19 at St. Luke’s Hospital. In September, the GBS Golf Tournament will tee off. GBS played a key role in the 2002 National Engineer’s Week at the St. Louis Science Center in February, with its video arthroscope projecting onto a big screen.