The California Medical Instrumentation Association (CMIA) held its annual educational conference January 29 in Fresno, Calif, welcoming 114 attendees. Speakers presented five day-long training sessions on a range of topics, including HL-7, ESU testing, the Philips iU22 ultrasound, fundamentals of medical laser use and safety, and basics of networking. Participants received a certificate upon completion.

Several honors were also announced, including the CMIA Professional of the Year, awarded to Anthony Coronado. The Frank Yip Memorial Scholarship, which is given to those pursuing further education in biomedical or clinical engineering, was awarded this year to three recipients: Todd Robinson, Roman Matal, and Daniel Bit-heydari. San Diego earned the CMIA Chapter of the Year Award, and lifetime memberships were bestowed on Kenneth Jackson, Mike Speer, and Gus Sakis.

The association also recognized a number of corporate members that have provided ongoing support to CMIA through sponsorship of chapter, regional, and statewide gatherings. Companies receiving a recognition award included Conquest Imaging, Tenacore, Pronk Technologies, Replacement Parts Industries, USOC Bio-Medical, QRS Solutions, Pacific Medical, Welch Allyn, and OMED.

CMIA’s newly elected 2016 officers were also announced. They include Chairperson Jenn Nichols, Chairperson Pro Tem Beth Morrison, Secretary Rene Steinkellner, and Treasurer Fred Yoffe.