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Medical Technology Veterans Program Reports Successes, Eyes Expansion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Medical Technology Veterans Program (MVP), an industry initiative introduced last year by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), has announced the re-launch of its networking and mentoring portal, as the program, which matches veterans to jobs in the industry, looks to expand its footprint.
“In just one year, the MVP has received incredible support and recognition from the industry,” said Michael Minogue, Abiomed CEO and MVP chairman, “and we’re proud to have hosted two career boot camps, pairing more than 50 veterans with industry mentors. Several of our MVP Heroes have since found career guidance and employment within the medtech industry.”
Siri Belur is one of these Heroes. She attended the first national boot camp in October 2012 and later landed a job at DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine in Raynham, Mass. Belur, who is an Army veteran, has a background in biomedical engineering and now is a quality engineer for Depuy.
“We look forward to increasing the number of opportunities available to veterans who participate in MVP,” Minogue said. “We plan to offer additional workshops around the country and continue to add functionality to the web portal in order to increase the number of veterans and mentors within this network.”
The program, which kicked off with the MVP Boot Camp for Returning Heroes, hosted its first state-based event, MassMVP, Feb. 14 in Boston. The MVP aims to host additional regional and state-based boot camps throughout the year to increase the number of veterans involved in the program, as well as the number of companies whose employees can serve as mentors.
In addition to the boot camp events, the MVP also hosts MedTechVet.org, a mentoring and networking portal built especially for the program, to support and connect veterans year round. The website recently unveiled a job board, where medtech companies can list available positions, as well as a series of webinars that are free to veterans and mentors who create a profile. The webinar topics include careers in the medical technology industry, social media networking and creating an online brand, and creating high-impact resumes and cover letters.
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.