AdvaMed to Host Boot Camp for Veterans Seeking Employment in MedTech Industry

July 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In conjunction with AdvaMed 2012: The MedTech Conference in Boston, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) will host a MedTech Veterans Program (MVP) Boot Camp for Returning Heroes this fall. In collaboration and with support from the industry, the program is dedicated to recruiting the best qualified veterans seeking internships or full-time employment in the medical technology field.

The MVP Boot Camp recognizes the strong correlation behind the mission of the medical technology industry and that of veterans who have transitioned from service in the military to an interest in serving patients and caregivers. The program applies to all military veterans, with special recognition of those wounded overseas.

“The origin of this program came from shared frustration among veterans in finding internships or job placement following military service,” said Abiomed Chairman, President and CEO Michael Minogue, a veteran himself, who helped establish the MVP Boot Camp for Returning Heroes after speaking with discouraged wounded veterans. “This program demonstrates the industry’s collaboration and commitment to providing the tools necessary for these veterans to pursue successful roles in the medical technology field and continuing to serve a mission to help patients.”

In the first year, the MVP Boot Camp will select and invite up to 25 candidates who will receive job-search assistance and advice about careers and networking in the medical technology industry.

The three-day program kicks off with a welcome reception and dinner on Sept. 30, followed by two days of educational programming, networking opportunities and mentorship.

Each MVP Hero will partner one-on-one with an industry mentor serving as a personal career guide in training sessions and at AdvaMed events. These mentors are military veterans who have made successful transitions into medtech careers and will offer first-hand insight and ongoing personal assistance.

“This training program was created to assist our returning heroes following their incredible service to our country, giving them access to industry executives, HR representatives and mentors,” said Stephen J. Ubl, AdvaMed president and CEO. “Once they’ve gone through this intensive program, we believe our MVP Heroes will be strongly positioned for exciting and long-term careers in an innovative and growing industry.”

"The medical devices industry already plays an important role in developing innovative products for the military and its veterans. Creating a program that helps train and mentor veterans who may be interested in a career in medical technology is a laudable extension of this industry's efforts," said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Interested veterans can apply by sending a cover letter, including their goal of internships or full-time employment, and a current resume to MVPHeroes@advamed.org. Expenses for veterans to attend the MVP Boot Camp are supported by contributions from military veterans and other donors. More information and updates on the event are available here.

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AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.

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