Welcome to the web site of the North Carolina Biomedical Association. Little did I realize in 1978 when a small group of BMETs and educators met for the first time at the Wake AHEC Building in Raleigh, that the NCBA would develop into the premier organization is has become. I hope that the next 35 years will be just as eventful and fun for those of you just getting to know us. It is my honor to once again serve as the President of the NCBA and I am looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year.
I’ve just returned from our annual planning retreat and the Board of Directors and our many dedicated volunteers are off to a great start planning educational programs for 2014. The Symposium is scheduled for September 2 – 5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Concord, NC and promises to be one of the best ever. We already have speaking confirmations from several internationally renowned speakers.
The Symposium education program will follow the six-track format we used last year and will feature Safety, Leadership, Imaging, Information Technology, Basic and Advanced Biomed Topics. Each of the six track chairs have outlined over a dozen possible topics for each track and we are now in the process of confirming and finalizing our education program. The Symposium will feature 30 or more educational classes specifically designed for the Healthcare Technology Management professional.
The Vendor registration will open the first week of January and the Hotel registration is open now for advanced reservations. The Board expects to have individual and student registrations open by May so you will have several months to plan and schedule.
One thing that is very important to me are our scholarship and recognition programs. Please be sure to review the applications for our three scholarships. I am very proud that we are able to offer $9,000 in financial support each year to deserving students in North Carolina. Please check our Scholarships & Awards page for details about our three scholarships, plus the Shop of the Year Award.
Finally, let me encourage you to follow us on Facebook for updates throughout the year on upcoming educational programs, speakers and special events. As additional classes and programs are confirmed we will post updates for you.
Wishing you all the best for 2014 and beyond. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Concord for our 36th annual Symposium and Expo.
W. Glenn Scales, CBET-E