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The ACCE Student Paper Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of both undergraduate and graduate clinical/biomedical engineering/HTM students through their development of a paper involving any area of clinical engineering practice that are relevant and applicable to the field. 

The award will be given to a maximum of 6 individuals currently enrolled in a CE or related college level program. One award in each division (undergraduate, graduate, doctorate) will go to a student in US/Canada and an international student. Entries must be single author papers or in case of multiple authors papers in which the submitter is listed as the primary (1st) author.

 Eligibility:

  • The competition is open to current students, undergraduate, or graduate in a clinical/biomedical engineering or related graduate programs
  • The 3 Divisions are: Undergraduate Division - Master Division - Doctorate Division
  • Submissions must be single author, multi-author papers are not eligible.

Selection of winners: Winning papers of each category will be selected by the ACCE Advocacy Committee based on, among other factors:

  • Relevance: Relevance to current and future concerns in patient management
  • Fundamentals: Author's fundamental understanding of the subject
  • Familiarity: Author's familiarity with other relevant work in the field
  • Application: The application of author's topic in the profession of clinical engineering or related
  • Analysis: Appropriateness of the methods of analysis
  • Structure of delivery: The presentation/format of the oral/written work by the student
  • Conclusion: The ability of the results and discussion to support the conclusion.

To enter the competition:

  • Complete this entry for​m​​​ including your Division (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctorate)
  • 2024 paper competition is now closed.

Award Winners

2024

Maryam Sangargir

Division: US/Canada Master

1st Place

Maryam Sangargir

Graduate Student at University of Ottawa, Canada

​Winning Paper: Safety Verification Procedure in the Implementation of Alternative Equipment Maintenance at The Ottawa Hospital​. The paper describes The Ottawa Hospital's (TOH) adoption of Alternative Equipment Maintenance (AEM) in response to challenges managing a vast array of medical devices. Traditional reliance on Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) recommendations resulted in diminishing Preventive Maintenance (PM) completion rates, prompting the need for alternative strategies.   TOH's AEM methodology entails establishing an AEM committee, conducting eligibility assessments, and calculating an Equipment Management Number (EM#) based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. AEM's primary objective is highlighted as the enhancement of patient safety alongside the efficient use of resources. The adjustment of PM schedules through AEM is underscored as a valuable strategy to elevate completion rates and actively involve biomedical technologists in decision-making processes. The paper proposes potential refinements in scoring criteria and advocates for the continuous expansion of AEM projects across healthcare institutions.​

 
Antonio Carlos de Andrade Moreno

Division: Undergraduate

1st Place

Antonio Carlos de Andrade Moreno

Student at Centro de Ensino Einstein, Brazil

​Winning Paper: Analysis of the Return on Investment after the Implementation of the RFID System at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein. Health care costs in Brazil continue to increase over the last decade and the inefficient management of medical technologies is one of the factors that has contributed to this high cost. On the other hand, there is a growing appreciation of technologies that help in the management of the technological park of hospitals. In this context, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology becomes essential for the management of hospital assets, allowing their real-time identification and the management of their information. Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in 2017, began studies for the implementation of the system, being implemented only in 2021, undergoing several feasibility and investment studies. The high investment in the RFID system is one of the factors that inhibit health institutions in Brazil from investing in this technology. Mobile assets benefiting the most from RFID technology were then selected within these variables. However, the return on investment (ROI) for RFID technology and its impact are based on the specifics of each healthcare organization and there is no standard methodology to assess this impact, but it is possible to project the gains and cost-benefit in a concrete way. The variables used in the ROI methodology were asset search time, shrinkage  rates, utilization rates, and RFID implementation costs. This study highlights important RFID asset management techniques and characteristics for hospitals to consider when determining their own financial viability with respect to RFID implementation. A full return on investment was achieved in just 10 months after the overall deployment of the system. Keywords: RFID, Asset Management, Return on Investment. ​​

 

2023

Mr. Kordell Mitchell Tan

Division: US/Canada Doctorate

1st Place

Mr. Kordell Mitchell Tan

Graduate Student at University of North Dakota
 
Ms. Simin Nazeri

Division: US/Canada Master

1st Place

Ms. Simin Nazeri

Master Graduate Student at University of Ottawa
 

2022

Christopher Gray

Division: US/Canada Master

1st Place

Christopher Gray

Graduate Student at University of Ottawa
 

2021

Eden D'Souza

Division: US/Canada Master

1st Place

Eden D'Souza, E.I.T.

Graduate Student at Carleton University
 

2020

Ms. Payal Mandot

Division: US/Canada Master

1st Place

Ms. Payal Mandot

Graduate student at University of Ottawa
 
Ms. Rachele Fabbri

Division: International Master

1st Place

Ms. Rachele Fabbri

Graduate student at University of Florence

​​A Collaborative RESTful cloud-based tool for management of chromatic pupillometri in a clinical trial

 
Ms. Priyanka Upendra

Division: US/Canada Doctorate

1st Place

Ms. Priyanka Upendra

Graduate student at Capella University
 

2019

Cooper Schwabe, Master Program at University of Connecticut

Division: Graduate

Cooper Schwabe

Master Program at University of Connecticut
Understanding the Electromagnetic Interference Associated with Clinical Mobile Computer and Oscillatory Ventilators
 

2018

Bridget A. Moorman, PhD program at College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University

Division: Doctorate

Bridget A. Moorman

PhD program at College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
 

2015

Michele Manzoli, CE intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital, MS CE candidate, University of Connecticut

1st Place

Michele Manzoli

CE intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital, MS CE candidate at University of Connecticut

​YNHH Medical Equipment Database: Standardization of nomenclature and risk assessment procedure. This paper discusses the use of a standard nomenclature system for medical equipment class descriptions and codes and develops a proposal for a new risk assessment procedure compliant with the new TJC standards for medical equipment maintenance and inspired by the reading of the most recent relevant literature.

 
Darcy Del Dotto, CE intern at Lifespan, MS CE candidate, University of Connecticut

2nd Place

Darcy Del Dotto

CE intern at Lifespan, MS CE candidate at University of Connecticut
 
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