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Title:Boot Camp for Veterans Seeking Employment in MedTech Industry

Author:AdvaMed Convention

Date:August 2012

Source:AdvaMed Convention

Volume:Volume 3 Issue 73

Program offers job-search assistance and mentoring

The MedTech Veterans Program (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.

Advanced Medical Technology Association "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."

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

The three-day program, in conjunction with AdvaMed 2012: The MedTech Conference in Boston in October 1-2, kicks off with a welcome reception and dinner, 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.

"Right now, we have more mentors than we have candidates", said Ashley McMaster, Director of Communications for AdvaMed. "These opportunities aren't limited to officers. We invite and encourage all interested parties to apply".

"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.

Expenses for veterans to attend the MVP Boot Camp are supported by contributions from military veterans and other donors.

To learn more and apply for this opportunity, take a look at the AdvaMed Convention Website.

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