It’s that time again to pull out the stops and let everyone know how much you bring to the organization. The 5th annual National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Appreciation Week, from May 22 through 28, gives you the perfect opportunity to do this.

In the past, departments have set up tables in their hospitals with information describing their work and photos of team members. Others use it as an opportunity to reach out to the community and make presentations at schools.

A great way to showcase your talents is to post photos of your work on medical missions, or on repairing devices to prepare them for missions. By the way, be sure to look for Bob Pagett’s Soapbox on this topic in the May issue. As the founder and president of Assist International, Scotts Valley, Calilf, he calls biomedical engineers the “unsung heroes” in humanitarian projects.

AAMI’s Technology Management Council has a sample letter that biomeds can send to state or local officials asking for a proclamation. It also has posters that clinical engineering departments can post in their facilities, and other ideas to get the word out.

How about you and your department? What will you do to honor this week?

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