News & Announcements
O’Rear Appointed Founding Vice Chair on the AAMI Credentials Institute
GBIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael O’Rear, Vice President of GBIS, has been appointed to serve as the Founding Vice Chair on the AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI). The ACI was created by the AAMI Board of Directors this past November to operate three functions: certification, ABET activities, and assessment-based certificate programs. It replaces the ICC and USCC Boards. O’Rear will serve a three year term, which began January 1, 2015.
O’Rear’s duties as Vice Chair of the ACI will include overseeing the three current ACI certifications and assist with two others currently in production. ACI will also be developing two more certifications next year and has the possibility of becoming owners of three existing certifications offered by another credentialing body. That would give ACI 10 active certifications by the end of 2015.
O’Rear, along with other ACI Board members, will also approve the eligibility criteria, certification schemes, examinations, scores, exam and item performance standards, and other essential certification decisions; recommend new or revised policies; suspend, withdraw, or change the scope of an individual’s certification; hear appeals; advise staff on ACI’s role as an ABET member society and accreditation body of assessment-based certificate programs; authorize the formation of committees and define their scope and responsibilities; and ensure activities comport with ISO/IEC 17024(E). The final function of the ACI is to have AAMI University and third party assessment-based certificate programs accredited under ANSI/ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.
O’Rear, an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering technology at Chattahoochee Technical College, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering (with his master’s thesis on biomedical engineering technology) from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, and his PhD in Human Resource Development (Training) from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
In a congratulatory email to Dr. O’Rear, Horace Hunter, Executive Director of GBIS, said “I know this will be a very challenging position for the next three years. This is a very encouraging move to have a voice from GBIS in this position. GBIS will be behind you 100%!” Please join GBIS in welcoming Dr. O’Rear to this position”.
Editor: Melissa K. Lott
GBIS Membership Category Changes
Effective January 2016, GBIS will implement new membership categories to ease the application process and to boost the number of members. A committee appointed by the Board of Directors has made the following recommendations:
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: Individuals actively working as biomeds and other HTM professional fields.
ASSOCIATE /STUDENT MEMBERSHIP: Students of Biomedical Technology programs and other disciplines.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP: Manufacturers, vendors, and institutions that wish to support the mission of GBIS.
CORPORATE SPONSORS: Manufacturers, vendors, and institutions that wish to receive full benefits of GBIS.
HTM Week Recognition
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta won the 2015 HTM Week photo contest and received a gift card for pizza.
Celebrate Biomed/ Healthcare Technology Management Week May 22-28, 2016.
This annual celebration is designed to promote the awareness of — and appreciation for — the critical work of biomedical technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other members of the healthcare technology management (HTM) field. Sponsored by the AAMI Technology Management Council. Visit the www.aami.org website and click on “events” for more details.
Remembering Clyde Cunningham
Clyde was a co-founder of the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society at the time of its incorporation. He had served as a board officer for the Central Georgia Biomedical Association when that organization merged with GBIS. His service to this Society continued as he held several positions on the GBIS board of directors.
Clyde graduated from New York State AG & T Institute with a degree in Food and Refrigeration. His military career spanned 30 years, from 1950 to 1980, working in electronics in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the military, Clyde worked for ServiceMaster/Aramark as a Biomedical Technician Supervisor at Houston Medical Center.
Clyde touched the lives and hearts of many. No one will ever forget Clyde Cunningham’s “famous cinnamon rolls,” gentle smile and excellent leadership. Until we meet again, Clyde, we love you!
Published by: GBIS (Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society)