AAMI Summer Learning Series: Professional Development Track


The AAMI Summer Learning Series is your opportunity to gain insights from leading health technology, regulatory, and sterilization experts in an interactive virtual format. Each custom track connects you with the content most relevant to success in your role. Registration includes live streaming access and recordings of the sessions. Each webinar can earn you from one (1) to four (4) CEU's towards your ACI certification. Learn when—and where—you want this summer at an incredible value!


Registration Rates

–Registration includes all sessions in the track!–




Session: 1

Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Wednesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

This course will cover essential communication tools to enable anyone to recognize, defuse, and minimize conflict in and around the health technology workplace. We'll start with uncovering the causes of conflict and reasons we react and behave the way we do, then take a look at emotional intelligence and identify responses to help prevent conflict from escalating. The attendees will also participate in a group discussion, including real-life scenarios and potential approaches to dealing with conflict and different personality types. Finally, we'll discuss win/win conversations to help filter out emotions and achieve positive results.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Corrie Schumacher, Spacelabs Healthcare


Session: 2

Preparing Entry-Level Staff for a Successful HTM Career

Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Well-planned training, established expectations, and strong mentorship are critical to preparing entry-level staff for success in the healthcare technology management field. In this session, presenters will share the strategies used in the Department of Veterans Affairs Technical Career Field training program to give entry-level staff the tools needed to succeed.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Michelle, Baquie, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ashley O'Mara, VA New England Healthcare System


Session: 3

Recruiting, Retaining, and Understanding HTM Professionals

Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

How can you better understand what attracts healthcare technology management professionals and motivate them to stay and grow? Over the past few years, we surveyed VA staff on a national level and discussed and implemented several ideas to address issues and concerns. We will highlight the most effective initiatives and ensure time for the audience to share their own challenges and success stories.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Jay Patterson, Orlando VA Healthcare System
  • Elena Buckley, VA Boston Healthcare System


Session: 4

Technical Competency Assessments: A Step-by-Step Demonstration

Wednesday, August 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

During this session, presenters will walk attendees through one or more technical competency assessments using fictional HTM employees. They also will demonstrate how to create employee training plans that align with the objectives of the organization. Key considerations and best practices will be highlighted.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Donna Dyer, GE Healthcare
  • Maggie Berkey, CommonSpirit Health
  • Wesley Reid, Department of Defense
  • Mike Busdicker, Intermountain Healthcare


Session: 5

Become an Effective Influencer

Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

According to the Harvard Business Review, “No leader can succeed without mastering the art of persuasion. But there’s hard science in that skill, too, and a large body of psychological research suggests there are six basic laws of influencing people.” This interactive workshop introduces the six principles and the psychology behind their effectiveness, as well as a seventh principle, "inspiring," added by Siemens Healthineers. Emphasis is placed on avoiding manipulation versus honestly, seeking a true "win-win" outcome. Participants are introduced to each style, learn their preferred style and the importance of using it to “influence,” and can practice effective influencing when more than one person is present.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Bruce Pergola, Siemens Healthineers
  • Melissa Jackowski, Siemens Healthineers


Session: 6

Overcome the Challenges of Supporting the Latest Health Technology

Wednesday, August 26, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Health technology is increasingly incorporating both medical and information technologies. While this has contributed to highly sophisticated and capable technology today (e.g., robotics, 3D imaging and printing, systems-of-systems, cloud-based processing/storage, AI/AR technologies, telehealth), it has also greatly challenged those responsible for ensuring that these same technologies are readily available and effectively supported. This session will describe the nature of those challenges and the steps that our industry should be taking to address these issues.

Expert Presenters and Panelists:
  • Stephen Grimes, Strategic Healthcare Technology Associates, LLC
  • Bradley Schoener, AAMI
  • Erin Sparnon, ECRI Institute