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Meet Patel

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Sr. Clinical Engineer, OHSU

Welcome to HTM Education! I take great pride in preparing for and teaching this course and firmly believe in its potential. One of my core teaching principles is based on conveying relevant information in such a way that it becomes a stepping stone of some kind for the person at the receiving end. While teaching this course has one finite goal in terms of preparing students to pass the coveted CBET exam, the larger goal is to provide a holistic learning experience for my students. I share valuable, relevant, and actionable information that the students can readily apply in their respective roles. In simple terms, what students truly crave (or at least I definitely did as a student) is "tell me the why and enable me to see the big picture". And this is exactly what I have kept in mind while designing this course. I always craved it as a student; hence I have put emphasis on making this the cornerstone of the course I teach. I hold an MS and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from UConn and NJIT, respectively. I learned the fundamentals of Clinical Engineering while interning at UConn Health and while pursuing MS at UConn with a focus on Clinical Engineering. A Clinical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology. This open-ended definition resonates with who I am as a person and I am extremely glad to have found this career path.​ In my ~11 years of career in the HTM field, I have been fortunate enough to have come across several exciting opportunities. I also tend to seek them out. These experiences include the typical Clinical Engineering work such as being a technical advisor for big ticket item replacement projects, being an admin for systems such as RTLS, nurse call system, bedside monitoring system for the entire hospital, clinical systems integration, working with multidisciplinary groups, and planning capital replacement. On the exciting side of things, I was the lead in a bipolar cardiac ablation project in Cath Lab where a physician wanted to run two catheters simultaneously inside the patient - one catheter would be positioned on the target site inside the heart, whereas the second would provide pathway for the current to pass through outside the heart. I not only participated in the clinical trials but also got to witness it in action on a real patient. This little "innovation" made OHSU one of the first in the Pacific NorthWest to conduct such a procedure. While interning at UConn Health, I developed a risk scoring methodology for alarming devices, which was later used in parts by the Johns Hopkins Hospital and adopted fully by the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. This technique not only addressed all requirements laid out by The Joint Commission but was very helpful for organizations without the cutting edge technical means to obtain device alarm data. I have also observed over 40 surgeries in the Clinical Rotations class during my UConn days. During my short stint with Claflin Medical, I worked as a BMET I and learned the basics of the business at the ground level. Signing up for the course will mean that you will receive a combination of the knowledge that I have gathered over the years plus, of course, the knowledge and the skill set that you need to pass the test with ease. I look forward to helping you succeed in the exam and, most importantly, in your career as a Biomed Technician. See you in the class!

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