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Title:Second Annual MedTech Boot Camp Looking for Participants

Author:Ashley McMaster

Date:July 2013

Source:AdvaMed

Volume:Volume 3 Issue 84

Looking to build on the success of its first Boot Camp, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) will host the second annual Medical Technology Veterans Program (MVP) Boot Camp this September. The program is open to post-9/11 military veterans, with special recognition of those wounded or disabled during service. The MVP 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 worldwide. The medtech industry is made up of companies that research, design and manufacture life-changing and life-saving medical devices and diagnostics.

"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 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 veteran candidates, who will receive job-search assistance and advice about careers and networking in the medical technology industry, as well as be paired with a mentor. 60% of last year's inaugural Boot Camp participants credit the program for opening up new career opportunities.

The three-day program, in conjunction with AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22 to 24, 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 and eligible parties to apply."

Expenses for veterans to attend the MVP Boot Camp are covered and supported by contributions from the medtech industry and military veterans.

Visit the MVP portal, MedTechVets.org, to learn more about the industry and apply for this opportunity.

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