Volunteer Internship Description (Unpaid)

Description

The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE-CED) is a group that is tasked with coordinating healthcare technology management efforts globally across the World Health Organization (WHO)’s 6 regions.  IFMBE-CED is the main organization working with the WHO’s focal point for medical devices and the WHO medical device unit.

IFMBE-CED is seeking a Health Technology Research and Administration Volunteer Intern for the Fall of 2020. This dynamic position will provide the selected applicant(s) the opportunity to be involved in a number of high-priority projects that add to the international body of knowledge and professional development of clinical engineering, biomedical engineering, public health, and allied health professionals. 

Voluntary Basis: There is no financial compensation of any form, but training and recognition of contributions will be provided.

Timeframe: 10-12 weeks (per program).

Estimated Weekly Hours: 24-36 (May need to be flexible with different time zones for evening meetings, but most will be during normal EST business hours).

What will I do?

Provide health administration and health technology consulting and project support for:

  • IFMBE-CED projects including staffing models for technology professionals and benchmarking key performance indicators.
  • Current events related projects (COVID etc.).
  • COVID-19 readiness and ongoing support projects between IFMBE-CED, WHO, and WHO Regions (Including partner participation in the WHO Every Breath Counts Campaign).
  • Collection and dissemination of best practices related to health technology, COVID-19 and non-COVID facing.
  • Other duties as assigned by the IFMBE-CED board.

Project Management for International Mentorship Program

  • Day-to-day administration support for diverse array of mentors and mentees across the globe.
  • Innovatively create, edit, and improve program content in our robust Learning Management System.
  • Schedule, moderate, and facilitate mentorship program workshops.
  • Lead onboarding training for mentors and mentees.

What will I gain?

  • Project management and leadership experience managing a complex mentorship program for technical professionals.
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills with an international body of technical and professional backgrounds.
  • Health technology management expertise on a variety of selected topics.

Background

The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) (https://ifmbe.org/about-ifmbe/) is primarily a federation of national and transnational societies. These professional organizations represent interests in medical and biological engineering.
The IFMBE is also a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), where we are uniquely positioned to influence the delivery of health care to the world through Biomedical and Clinical Engineering.

Clinical Engineering Division (IFMBE-CED)

The IFMBE-CED is one of two divisions of the IFMBE. The CED (Clinical Engineering Division) is a group that is tasked with coordinating healthcare technology management efforts globally across the WHO’s 6 regions. IFMBE-CED is the main organization working with the WHO’s focal point for medical devices and the WHO medical device unit.

https://ced.ifmbe.org/about-us/who-we-are.html

Vision Statement

To be an international federation for developing and promoting the clinical engineering profession resulting in the improvement of global healthcare delivery through the advancement of safe and effective innovation, management, and deployment of healthcare technology.
The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) is the only international professional federation that has a Clinical Engineering Division focusing specifically on the life cycle management of healthcare technology and embracing all those who professionally practice in the clinical engineering field, whether in academic institutions, health care facilities, industry, business, voluntary sector, or government.

Mission Statement

  • To advance worldwide learning, research, knowledge, deployment, and communication of healthcare technology management within the clinical engineering community and its understanding by other stakeholders.
  • To promote global communication, networking, and understanding of challenges related to healthcare technology management.
  • To define and promote an international body of knowledge, skills, and competences on which the profession of clinical engineering can be practiced in various clinical settings.
  • To advance and disseminate worldwide safety tools and effective decision-making processes within the healthcare technology management system.
  • To define and promote quality standards in clinical engineering practices worldwide.
  • To stimulate innovation and efficient use of technology-related resources in healthcare worldwide.
  • To internationally represent and advocate the interests of the profession of clinical engineers and their global exchange.
  • To encourage, through education and training, clinical engineering practices and processes worldwide.

Preferred Attributes

  • This position will be perfect for a self-starter who can independently learn and take tasks.
  • An interest in public health or international health.
  • An interest in medical devices and health information systems as an enabler of health outcomes.
  • Proficient speaking, writing and editing skills in English. Ability to perform independent online information research using professional, scientific, and publication databases.
  • Proficient in using Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Multi-lingual (Spanish, French) would be helpful, but not required (meetings in English, translation provided when needed).

Candidate Eligibility

Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor level program or higher (MS, PhD) for Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Technology, or other related allied health majors (health administration, patent law etc.). Graduate-level students preferred.
The candidates must also have a fluent level understanding of English, both spoken and written.

Technical Supervision

Tom Judd, MS, CCE - Chair of IFMBE-CED.
Dr. Yadin David - Co-Opted Member of IFMBE-CED Board.
Elliot Sloane, Ph.D. - IFMBE-CED Collaborator.

Logistical Supervision

Kallirou Stavrianou, PhD - IFMBE-CED Secretariat & Board Member.
Jennifer DeFrancesco, DHA, MS, CHTM - IFMBE-CED Liaison (local to Cincinnati).

How to Apply


Follow the link below to apply.
 
REQUIRED: Complete application including references and current resume.
OPTIONAL: Unofficial college transcripts, one professional letter of recommendation (academic or prior supervisor).

CED Volunteer Internship Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the IFMBE-CED Volunteer Internship?

Students currently enrolled in a Bachelor level program of higher (MS, PhD) for Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Technology, or other related allied health majors (health administration, patent law, etc.) are able to apply.

Graduate-level students are preferred.

The candidates must also have a fluent level understanding of English, both spoken and written.

CED Volunteer Internship Application