St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
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A Novel Graduate Program in Healthcare Technologies Management Jay R. Goldberg, William R. Hendee Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin Steven R. Krogull Medical College of Wisconsin
Employment opportunities for biomedical engineers exist in clinical, industrial, and consulting environments. Many biomedical engineers become involved in research and development or new product development for medical device companies. Others may work for hospitals as clinical engineers. Some find employment with healthcare consulting firms. Each of these career paths involves the management of healthcare technology. Engineers in industry manage the development of technology from the conception to commercialization stages. Engineers in the clinical environment manage the selection, implementation, utilization, and assessment of hospital based technologies.
Typically, new graduates with no work experience possess solid technical skills but lack training in business, management, and regulatory issues. Their background in product development and project management tends to be weak, and they lack an understanding of the economic and regulatory environments of healthcare delivery. Engineers working in industry advance along their career paths until they reach a point where the next job level involves management responsibilities. In companies that offer a dual ladder career path, engineers may choose to advance along the technical ladder. However, to qualify for positions along the technical ladder, engineers may need several years of experience, published papers, and recognition as an industry expert outside the company. Engineers interested in advancing into positions along the management ladder find themselves in need of management skills for career advancement. Thus, new graduate engineers and those preparing for career advancement are in need of formal training in business and management and other areas. Additional technical training would allow new graduates to strengthen and experienced engineers to update their technical skills.
Medical device companies, hospitals, and healthcare consulting firms need engineers with technical and business training, and an understanding of the economic and regulatory aspects of healthcare delivery. In order to develop, promote, and retain their key employees, they need to invest in employee training and education.
Most undergraduate biomedical engineering curricula include courses in math, physics, chemistry, physiology, design, and the engineering sciences. Biomedical engineers working in clinical or industrial environments have some unique additional educational needs that are not addressed by most undergraduate or graduate biomedical engineering programs. The Healthcare
Hendee, W. R., & Krogull, S. R., & Goldberg, J. R. (2000, June), A Novel Graduate Program In Healthcare Technologies Management Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. https://peer.asee.org/8594
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