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IUPUI student receives prestigious healthcare technology scholarship



INDIANAPOLIS — A healthcare engineering technology management student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was awarded a prestigious scholarship at what is regarded as the leading conference on medical technology for health care facilities.

Lacie Wiggam received one of two $2,500 scholarships that were presented at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation conference in Denver. The association focuses on the safe and effective use of health care technology.

More than 2,000 clinical and biomedical engineers, biomedical equipment technicians and others who assess, purchase, implement and manage medical technology for health care facilities attended the four-day conference in June

The conference showcased innovations, upgrades and advances in health care technology from more than 200 medical equipment manufacturers and featured sessions on issues that affect patients’ safety and the day-to-day operations of health care facilities.

Five other students in the healthcare engineering technology management program in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology attended the conference. The students attended educations sessions, attended the student reception with the association’s board of directors and visited the conference’s Career Center, to meet with representatives of 10 companies seeking candidates to fill positions.

Other students attending the conference were Alex Wiebe, Will MacLean, Robert Taylor, Sejal Vagal and Amber Warren. The two faculty members attending were Joe Tabas and Barbara Christe, director of the Healthcare Engineering Technology Management program.

The association awards the two annual scholarships, one to a student like Wiggam, who aspires to become a biomedical equipment technician, and one to another student pursuing a career as a clinical engineer.

To be eligible, students had to demonstrate a combination of technical aptitude, academic excellence and commitment to the health care technology profession.

Wiggam, who expects to graduate in December 2016 with a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering technology, said she enjoys learning about both the medical and equipment repairs aspects of health care technology

“As an HTM professional, I want to make clinicians’ job’s easier by providing them with reliable, friendly and efficient customer service, along with medical equipment they can trust to ensure the best possible care for patients,” she said.