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Biomedical Engineering Student Internship

PARTNERSHIP SYNOPSIS:

Unique opportunity for Biomed students to practice in a non-institutional setting. By working directly with a Biomedical Engineer, they will assist in the identification, restoration, and testing of Biomedical equipment that is sent abroad to clinical partners in need. Frequent lectures will be given on selected relevant topics such as biological/physiological aspects, role of inhouse engineering, global compliance standards, and safety and efficacy testing of equipment. Students will receive frequent and individual feedback from the Biomedical Engineer.

PROGRAM SUMMARY:

Afya is a unique medical supply recovery organization (MSRO) that collects surplus medical supplies throughout the United States and ships these critical materials to public health missions worldwide. Our regional network of medical suppliers and volunteers enables Afya to meet immediate humanitarian needs in countries devastated by natural disasters, international conflicts and supports our long-term programs to address chronic health disparities in all nations. Our model recognizes that each hospital, government and clinic abroad face disparate public health conditions and our extensive inventory allows us to individually tailor our shipments to each partner. By reducing the amount of unused medical supplies generated in the US, Afya promotes efficient and environmentally aware healthcare practices at home while sustaining life abroad.

Biomedical Department and Program

In 2013, Afya created a Biomedical Department to guide best practices for effectiveness and safety of biomedical equipment and instrumentation we include in shipments to partner organizations. This department has enabled us to both significantly reduce the failure rate while donated equipment. All equipment must pass AAMI, BSI, WHO and FDA standards before it leaves the Afya warehouse.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

QUALIFICATIONS:

– Current Biomedical Engineering student
– Excellent written and oral communications skills

Personal Success Factors:

  • –  Ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
  • –  Ability to shift focus on work tasks on short notice;
  • –  Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills;
  • –  Ability to be flexible, persistent and diplomatic;
  • –  Strong organizational skills, comfortable multi-tasking and utilizing their skills within a unique work environment
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