Technician trainees sponsored by ExxonMobil are preparing to graduate from the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program as professionally trained Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETs). On December 10th, six months of intense training and determination will culminate in the awarding of BMET certificates to the graduating technicians at the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s global headquarters in Dallas, Texas. They will return to their hospitals in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea (Click to read ExxonMobil release) to use their new skills and to assume leadership roles in their communities.
Over the coming weeks the trainees will work on equipment such as ultrasounds, patient monitors and defibrillators. The Philips Global Academy will provide certified training on a range of Philips equipment currently used in the MediSend Biomedical Training Laboratory. Prior to final exams and graduation, the trainees will participate in a professional internship at Baylor Healthcare Systems hospitals, shadowing Baylor biomedical technicians in a practical working environment.
The technician trainees make great sacrifices to come to MediSend. They leave their families, homes and jobs for the six-month immersion course, commonly called the “boot camp” by graduates and staff. It is an intense but rewarding experience and each will return home to make a real difference in the quality of healthcare in their communities.
With well-maintained equipment, doctors and health care workers can provide greater access to higher quality healthcare with much better outcomes. Each graduate’s hospital receives a MediSend Mobile Biomedical Test and Repair Laboratory, the largest support lab of its kind, assuring the technicians the critical tools necessary for success.
ExxonMobil has been a long-term and committed sponsor of MediSend’s programs that provide solutions to the problems that exist in developing country hospital systems. They have funded scholarships for trainees from Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, and Papua New Guinea.
To-date, MediSend has deployed 78 biomedical equipment technicians with biomedical repair laboratories to 14 countries around the world.