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2017 Award Recipient

On the evening of May 18th, during the banquet dinner for the 2017 ACCES Annual Educational Seminar and Trade Expo, a clinical engineering professional from Atlantic Canada, Mark Ryan, was recognised as the ACCES 2017 Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year for having distinguished himself through his hard work, exceptional service, technical skills, and dedication to the clinical engineering profession.

Brett Fraser, ACCES President; Mark Ryan, recipient of the 2017 ACCES Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year award; Gary Slaunwhite, ACCES Director of Membership

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Affiliation with CMBES

In May 2015 ACCES (Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society) and CMBES (the Candian Medical and Biological Engineering Society) signed a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between out two Societies.

CMBES is Canada's principal society for engineering in medicine and biology. It is a member of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and affiliated with the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

The Society's aims are twofold: scientific and educational: directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of medical device technology; and professional: directed toward the advancement of all individuals in Canada who are engaged in interdisciplinary work involving engineering, the life sciences and medicine.

The purpose of the agreement is foster collaberation and communication between our Societies, and realize common goals to the benefit of all of our Societies’ members.

This agreements provides CMBES members a reduced price Affilate Membership With ACCES. This membership is only $12.50 a %50 diwscount of our Regular membership fee of $25.

To Join or Renew using the Affiliated Membership please contact our Director of Membership. After verification of your membership with CMBES he will provide you a link to our Affilate Membership sign up page.

icon Memoradum of Understanding Between ACCESS and CMBES (291.33 kB)

Membership Updates


Hello and Greetings to everyone out there in the ACCES Biomed Community, I am pleased to provide the following ACCES Membership update. As of today, April 2nd , we currently have 75 Regular and Associate active members in our society that have renewed as of April 1st , 2017. Our membership is currently composed of 41 from NB, 22 from NS, 6 from NF, 4 from PEI and 2 members from areas outside Atlantic Canada. We also have 56 members currently residing in a “Grace” status, meaning that they were members as of March 31st, 2017 but haven’t renewed yet. So if you haven’t renewed yet please do so quickly. Also keep in mind that the Swag Flashlight gift will only be available to members that have renewed their membership for this year by the end of June 2017.

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2017 Membership Drive

With the beginning of a New Year, ACCES is once again ramping up for its yearly Membership Drive. All new and renewed members will receive a one-of-a-kind ACCES-branded item if they purchase or renew before June 30th, 2017. This year’s giveaway will be a Dual Output LED Tactical Flashlight (3 Watt) with laser engraving, three lighting settings, and rotary action focus.

It still only cost $25 to join ACCES and support your professional group in Atlantic Canada.

Keep an eye on your emails in the coming months for your personalized Membership Renewal mailing, containing a link to the ACCES membership renewal page with auto-filled information - this only takes 2 minutes! Or you can renew anytime on our website.

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Mike, Come in……..Over

This month’s Spotlight features Mike Smith from the Fredericton Area. Although Mike didn’t always live in the area as he was originally born in Goose bay, Labrador in 1963. At the age of three though he packed up (or his parents did) and the family moved back to Fredericton, their home city.

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ACCES Supports Help for Haiti

In late October, one of our very own clinical engineering technologists, Patrick Clarke, went on a special trip: he joined a volunteer task force made up of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals from Newfoundland committed to delivering and improving healthcare in Haiti by getting involved with Team Broken Earth. ACCES was glad to offer some financial support in the form of a $300 donation for Patrick and his volunteer group’s mission, which he was glad to share with us once he got back “…a little tired but a better person for having been there”.

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Defining a Medical Device in Clinical Engineering

Medical devices have been used in hospitals even before clinical engineering or biomedical engineering departments ever existed. However, a clear definition of “medical device” consistent with Clinical Engineering’s scope of services is a bit more difficult to come by. This article has been put together to explore the different definitions that exist for medical devices, and how these can be applied to Clinical Engineering (CE).

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ACCES Strategic Directions

  • Our mission is to support clinical engineering professionals working in Atlantic Canada. We strive to develop and promote opportunities for continuing education, personal growth, sharing of experience, adoption of standards of practice, and certification. To achieve these goals, the directors developed a 4 year strategic plan to help focus our energies.
  • With your assistance in our member poll and a facilitator, the ACCES directors identified 4 strategic directions with priorities and timelines assigned to each.
  • We hope these directions align with your view of what a successful Clinical Engineering Society looks like and we welcome any feedback you have on the direction of your society. Please contact any of the Executive via the information on our contact page.

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Thank You from a Retiring President

On May 9th, at the midpoint of the Saint John conference at our Annual General Meeting, I officially retired as the President of ACCES. The past 7 years have been a roller coaster of challenges and exciting triumphs, for the original foundation committee, and then the new Executive Board of the Society.  I leave the post with a lifetime worth of great memories and a sense of tremendous accomplishment. We have created a healthy and vibrant organization where nothing existed before.

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Certification for Biomedical Technicians and Technologists in Atlantic Canada

The International Certification Commission provides formal recognition for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. Certification as a Biomedical Engineering Technician or Technologist (CBET) demonstrates excellence in theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the principles of biomedical equipment technology and the underlying physiologic principle, and the practical, safe, clinical application of biomedical equipment. His/her capabilities may include installation, calibration, inspection, preventative maintenance, repair, modification, design and development of general biomedical and related technical equipment, and in equipment control, safety and maintenance. It also demonstrates a strong commitment to your professional career.

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