I had the privilege and honor of being selected as the 2016 AAMI/GE Biomed of the Year. It truly was a great surprise to be awarded, when I know there were many qualified applicants. Some people asked: How winning this award helped your career?
Recognition aside, I think that everything during the application process is a positive experience for the applicant. When I was informed that a coworker was nominating me for the award, I needed to research for many documents (training certificates, licenses, prior achievements, etc.) and it helped me reflect on my skills and my career goals. I also received a lot of feedback from my coworkers, friends, vendors and students and that helped me to notice how I was perceived by them as an HTM professional and which areas I need to improve.
As a Biomed instructor in my spare time, I think it's great to use this award as a "badge" to motivate my biomed students to become great professionals in the future. Recently, 2 of my students decided to study and to take the CBET exam and they passed it in November!I believe that it is our duty as Biomeds to inform everyone about the crucial importance of our daily jobs. And AAMI is a resource that provides us with the information and motivation we need to be successful in doing so. Applying for the Biomed of the Year Award is a great incentive to keep developing professionally.
What are you waiting for? Visit www.aami.org/awards and nominate yourself or a coworker by January 19, 2018.