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July 22
7. Did you find the questions in the written exam and oral exam are relevant to the current HTM field practices?

  • ​​For the oral exam, yes, I found them relevant.  For the written exam, some of the questions I thought were not relevant and instead required memorization about functions of a specific device.  Some questions were more appropriate for a BMET vs. a clinical engineer. Also, the study guide was sometimes difficult to follow and had some outdated information, grammatical errors, and run on sentences. The study guide did not relate to the test as much as I hoped it would.  (D.E.)
  • Yes, I see the questions developed by the board of examiners are developed based on the current industry practices and by considering the trends on where the HTM field is emerging.  (B.I.)
  • Yes, I felt that the questions in the written exam and the scenarios/questions on the oral exam touched on a variety of different topics in the body of knowledge for Clinical Engineers, and I think all of it was relevant to the HTM field. (K.N.)
  • Yes, absolutely. (M.M.)
  • Yes, I found the questions to be very relevant to the current HTM field practices. (J.)
  • The questions in both the written and the oral exams were relevant to current HTM field practices. However, the board of examiners must review and update the exam contents on an annual bases to keep up with the extremely fast advancement in the field. (H.E.)

July 22
6. Did you know who was on the US or Canadian Board of Examiners before you met some of them at your oral exam? Did knowing or not knowing make any difference to you?

  • ​​No, I did not know anyone. (D.E.)
  •  I did not know who was on the board of examiners and I think to me it didn’t make any difference. Examiners are very professional and scenarios are clear. Examiners has repeated the question several times for me upon my request so that I can answer them to the best of my knowledge and experience. (B.I.)
  • I did not know who was on the US Board of Examiners before I took the oral exam.  The examiners that I had were very professional and courteous throughout the process.  I do not think knowing or not knowing the examiners would make a difference on my performance on the oral exam.  I did, however, like not knowing my examiners because it felt like a clean slate, since they did not have any pre-conceived ideas about me.  I considered the oral exam like a new job interview, where it was my chance to impress the examiners with how I presented myself and how I responded to the questions. (K.N.)
  • No, and it did not make any difference. (M.M.)
  • I did not know my examiners. I think not knowing the examiners beforehand helped alleviate the stress of being examined by peers that I already knew. (J.)
  • I did not know the examiners and I don’t think knowing them would have made any difference in taking the exam. (H.E.)
  • I do believe that I may have met one of the individuals previously, through a mutual colleague.  However, that did not play into my speaking in the oral exam. (J.M.)​

July 22
5. What about the oral exam? Did you study for it? Was it Fair? Appropriate?
  • ​Yes, I actively prepared for the oral exam.   I reviewed practice questions and made up my own.  I prepared like I was going to an interview and tried to align my thoughts on topics that I do not deal with on a daily basis at work.   (D.E.)
  • The CCE prep course from ACCE has helped me immensely for the oral. I practiced for the oral by giving myself 15-20minutes and write up a short narrative of the scenario. I got these questions by asking around in the field of Certified Clinical Engineers. (B.I.)
  • I studied for the CCE oral exam as well for about 6 months.  I took ACCE’s CCE oral exam prep class, which helped me learn the format of the exam, what to expect, and provided some example scenarios to study.  I collected about 20 example scenarios from previous prep courses, and I practiced each of them as if I were taking the oral exam.  I would time myself to allow the appropriate time to write notes after just looking at the scenario, and then I would time myself responding to the sample questions.  I would only look at one question at a time, so I did not know what question was next, just like the real oral exam.  I typed all my responses and other notes I thought of after practicing the scenarios, and I reviewed those notes in preparation for the oral exam.  I thought the oral exam was fair and appropriate for the body of knowledge that Clinical Engineers should know (K.N.)
  • I reviewed the same materials. I found it fair and appropriate. (M.M.)
  • Same as for Written Exam. Yes, I think the questions were fair and very relevant to the Clinical Engineering field. (J.)
  • Since the topics covered in the oral exam are the same as the topics in the written exam, I did not study for the oral exam and just did a few weeks of a quick review before taking the oral exam. The oral exam was fair and the questions covered a broad range of CE topics (H.E.)
  • To study for the oral exam questions, I reviewed common problems being experienced in healthcare today, mainly by reviewing articles, journals, and other publications.  Additionally, I re-reviewed the study guide and my notes used in preparation for the written exam. (J.M.)​
July 22
4. Did you actively prepared for the CCE written exam or did you take it just on basis of your general knowledge? If you actively prepared, how long did you work for it? Did you use a study guide or course?

  • ​​Yes, I actively prepared for the CCE written exam.  I studied every day for about a month using the study guide, HTM journals, and ECRI.    I also attended the course about 8 months prior to the written exam.  (D.E.)To prepare for the written exam, I used study guide as an outline for areas to study. Study guide does cover the outline and scope of questions we may expect in the CCE exam. I did spend 1-year of research by reading through several ACCE and AAMI BI&T articles, case studies, 24X7 magazine etc., and I also prepared a binder by grouping the articles and several reference materials. It helped me when preparing for the written exam. (B.I.)
  • I actively prepared for the CCE written exam for about 6 months.  First, I read the book “A Practicum for Biomedical Engineering & Technology Management Issues” edited by Les Atles.  This book provided a great foundation for the topics you need to know for the CCE written exam.  Next, I participated in the ACCE CCE review course, which was a great course that helped to solidify each topic on the CCE exam.  Finally, I read through technical journals and magazines for articles related to each of the exam topic areas.  I probably prepared more than most people, but I wanted to fully review each topic to feel confident in taking the CCE written exam. (K.N.)
  • I actively prepared, reviewing my Master’s materials and the HTM Practicum published by AAMI. I worked for 2 months. (M.M.)
  • I would say I actively studied two times. First time when I was taking the course at the AAMI conference, and second time before I was taking the written exam. I probably studied for two months, on items that I don’t active work on as part of every day job, and different standards. Depending on the nature of work, focus can be different. The study guide is useful, and it’s always good to keep up with the industry by reading and always be curious. (R.Z.)
  • Yes. I attended the CCE Prep Course offered the AAMI Exchange. I received guidance from this course that helped me in preparing to study. I spent a few weeks studying prior to the written exam. (J.)​

July 22
3. Do your colleagues recognize the CCE as worthy professional recognition and/or personal achievement?

  • ​​Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE as a personal achievement and professional recognition.  (D.E.)
  •  Yes, I have a team of 4 Clinical Engineers and I know my colleagues are actively pursuing in attaining CCE certification in the next year or two.(B.I.)
  • Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE as a personal and professional achievement.  My colleagues recommended the CCE to me and most pursue this certification for themselves (K.N.)
  • Yes. (M.M.)
  • Yes, my work colleagues consider the CCE as a validation of work knowledge. (J.)
  • Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE certification and think of it as a prestigious career achievement.  (H.E.)
  • While not all choose to become certified, my colleagues do value the certification and highly regard those who obtain it. (J.M.)

July 22
Does your employer recognize certification as an achievement for you and importance to the institution/organization?

  • ​​My employer recognizes certification as a personnel achievement as they would any professional certification. (D.E.) 
  • Yes, my employer does encourage and highly recognize this certification as a major accomplishment in the field of HTM. (B.I.)
  • I wanted to demonstrate that I am knowledgeable, competent and experienced in the field of Clinical Engineering.  I passed the EIT exam after college, but I knew there was not a specific PE exam for Biomedical Engineering.  When I learned about the CCE certification, it seemed like a perfect substitute for the PE exam, since it was a professional certification specifically in the field of Clinical Engineering. (K.N.)
  • Yes, they will reimburse me for the incurred cost. (M.M.)
  • Yes, my employer recognizes CCE and offers a special achievement award. (J.)
  • Yes, leadership in my organization recognizes the certification as a career achievement and encourages other engineers in the department to study and pass the certification exam.   (H.E.)
  • Yes, my current employer and client both view the certification as valuable and important. (J.M.)

July 22
Why did you decide to seek certification in Clinical Engineering (CCE)?

  • I decided to seek certification as a way to be recognized by my peers as an expert in the field of clinical engineering.  (D.E.)
  • ​Upon competition of my Master’s in Engineering and entering into the HTM field as a Clinical Engineer intern, I found out that CCE certification will give me the knowledge and skills required to perform well in the HTM field. Being in the HTM field where patient safety & care is the core mission in the healthcare industry, I felt CCE provides me the knowledge to support and advance the patient care. (B.I.)
  • I wanted to demonstrate that I am knowledgeable, competent and experienced in the field of Clinical Engineering.  I passed the EIT exam after college, but I knew there was not a specific PE exam for Biomedical Engineering.  When I learned about the CCE certification, it seemed like a perfect substitute for the PE exam, since it was a professional certification specifically in the field of Clinical Engineering. (K.N.)
  •  I am a supporter of voluntary certification as an important step of a professional’s career towards excellence. (M.M.)
  •  To meet professional development goals and to increase job marketability. (J)
  • I believe obtaining the CCE certification promotes the profession by inspiring other qualified clinical engineers to pursue the certification. Being a certified clinical engineer demonstrates competency and an interest in continuing education. It also increases the clinical engineer’s chances for career advancement and being more marketable when searching the new job opportunities.   (H.E.)
  •  For a few reasons: Professional curiosity in my abilities, for recognition of certification upon achievement, to increase my desirability to other healthcare or adjunct healthcare support organizations for the future of my career. (J.M.)

July 02
Clinical Engineering Certification: ­Definitely Valuable;  Mark Bruley

In my experience, becoming a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) enhances one's credibility and potential for professional advancement by demonstrating your dedication to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare technology.

Originally, the certification process in the 1980s had the technical form of an entrance examination and interview for a college masters degree in biomedical engineering. Over the last 25 years, this professional certification has evolved to being focused on a practical, clinically-based body of knowledge in healthcare technology and engineering management and is relevant to the needs of today's helathcare community.

I had of been working as a biomedical engineer at ECRI Institute for 30 years before seeking certification. I wish I had become certified earlier. The process of studying for the written and oral exams examination over about six months and my taking the American College of Clinical Engineering CCE review course were refreshing and worthwhile. I realized that my work experience was valuable and certification was valued by my employer and healthcare professionals. 

Certification not only can advance your career, it advances the profession. ​More than demonstrating management abilities, certification also demonstrates your ability to apply engineering principles to the selection, use, and risk management of medical technology in the clinical setting.

If you are qualified to take the exam based on your education, training, and experience, it is worthwhile for you to strongly consider obtaining your CCE. ​

Mark E. Bruley, CCE, FACCE, EIT, VP Emeritus, ECRI Institute

July 01
Why get certified?

I’m a full proponent of getting certified as a Clinical Engineer because, not only does it stand out as a stamp of excellence to your peers, customers, current & future employers that you are indeed qualified for the job, it’s also an affirmation of your knowledge of the Clinical Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) and your ability to articulate it in solving real-life problems; The process tests your ability to think on your feet when the problem gets presented to you, and most of the times this is how real life problems get presented to you. To me one of the greatest benefits of the Certification process  comes as a by-product of the  CE certification renewal requirements. The requirements help you to stay current with the profession, emerging technologies and regulations, in so doing helping you to expand on the Body of Knowledge.

Bokang Motlotle, CCE

June 29
What is the purpose of Clinical Engineering Certification? by Binseng Wang

As I stated in a Guest Column in the Set/Oct 1999 issue of the Journal of Clinical Engineering, is not only a way to distinguish oneself from others in the profession but “a highly useful tool to unite and advance the profession… Clinical engineers who have a long-range career plan in this field should … assume the responsibility of propagating certification as a means to advance the profession and assure their own survival.”​

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