The department of Biomedical Technology is a unique department in the college of Applied Medical sciences. It provides both medical and engineering backgrounds to the graduates. Then, it helps students in merging both backgrounds to understand the principles, development and design of equipment for the medical field specifically. In addition it provides other qualities such as skills, ethics, competency, and patience to students. Upon successful completion of the course requirement, it is important to show students how to implement the previously acquired backgrounds and qualities in the field of work. Therefore, an internship (training) is required. The internship serves as a buffer period for students to merge into the working field.
Intended learning outcomes of program:
1. Ability to apply acquired knowledge into the internship working field
2. Ability to analyze a problem, identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution
3. Ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
4. Ability to understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
5. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
Objectives of internship program:
The objectives of the Interns’ Training Program are summarized as follow:
1. To improve their knowledge, skills and attitude in the work field of biomedical technology.
2. To gain more experience handling maintenance and repair of biomedical equipment
3. To develop spirit of team work and acquire some managerial skills.
4. To gradually reduce dependency upon the direct supervision by faculty members
5. To gain self-confidence in handling the complicated situations and to develop efficacy in time management.
6. To develop the highest ethical standards in the field of work.
7. To improve the interns communication skills.
8. To gain knowledge and skills in a number of areas not adequately covered in the undergraduate curriculum.
9. To provide an opportunity for each intern to explore and identify his/her particular area of interest in biomedical technology and to supply him with adequate information related to various career options.
10. To achieve the involvement of the interns in research projects and motivate them to generate original innovative ideas and develop their scientific writing ability. Also, to stimulate their interest in pursuing graduate studies and continuing education.
To complete graduation requirements, students spend a field training (internship) of a one year period:
1. In a hospital; governmental or private; or in one of the companies with strong association of medical equipment.
2. The interns are supervised by 2 supervisor; faculty supervisor assigned by BMT department and site supervisor assigned by training institution.
3. Separate periodic reports as well as final report about the intern are to written by each supervisor.
4. The student submits a report about the training site
5. A report by the site supervisor about the internship program is submitted at the end of the period
During the training period both site and faculty supervisors try following the plan below whenever possible:
1. Students' participation in periodic maintenance medical equipment teams and assigning some of the work of the maintenance of the students.
2. Students' participation; or at least to observe; work on repair of medical devices.
3. Students' attendance of scientific lectures taking place in the training place or in some companies supplying medical equipment to training place.
4. Students' participation in the workshops, if any, in the training place.
5. Refinement of student's ability to work in groups and dealing with others.
6. Building Students' knowledge of the domestic market needs of medical devices.
7. Develop student's ability to determine the specifications of medical devices and present it in writing.
General rules and regulations
A. Admission to the Program:
Enrolment into the BMT Interns’ Program is limited only to graduates of such a program in the College of Applied medical Sciences, King Saud University.
B. Duration and Continuity of Training:
The internship is for a one-year period. It is a projected training program specifically designated to meet the need of Interns in enhancing interns' technical and social qualities.
1. The specified period of training shall be on a continuous and uninterrupted basis.
2. In case of emergencies an Intern can go on an emergency leave of no more than 5 days during the whole training period and should be compensated for at the end of the training period.
3. Approval for such leave must be under the discretion of both the department and the training site.
4. Leave for non-emergency reasons would require a special procedure that an approval of the Interns’ Supervisors must be sought first.
5. Unapproved absence without genuine reason may result in subjecting the Intern to a disciplinary action by the Interns’ Supervisors.
6. Marriage plans should always be sought before or after the internship period. However, for those marriages that should happen during the internship period, a leave of (15 days) is granted with replacement.
7. Leave for sickness should be always supported by a medical report issued by a recognized hospital and should be always compensated for.
C. Request for a Change of Training place:
The interns may change his training place. He should apply after completing at least 3 months of internship. He should give good reasons for change. The request should be submitted to intern chairman 2-3 weeks ahead of time for processing. Once accepted by the chairman the request will be processed. If the new training place accepts the transfer, then, the intern is notified to carry out the transfer.
D. Conduction during training:
1. Attendance: Punctuality in clinics is mandatory and the daily attendance will be monitored closely. Interns should abide by the official working hours as well as by other training institution rules and regulations prescribed.
a. The official training time in normal working days (Saturday to Wednesday) depends on the nature and type of training institution but should not be less than 8 hours/day
b. Working on Thursdays depends on the training institution.
3. Training Attire: Interns are requested to use the recommended outfit prescribed by the training institution during working hours.
4. Professional Ethics: Interns are expected to maintain respect and confidence of site supervisor through sincere and honest relationship. Courtesy, cooperation and harmonious interpersonal relationship must be highly observed among all training activities to promote a wholesome working atmosphere.
5. Discipline: In case of unapproved absence, negligence, misconduct, incompetence, insubordination or any other act that the interns’ superiors deem unacceptable, an Intern shall be duly reported to the Internship chairman for disciplinary action. Depending on the seriousness of the offense and upon the recommendation of the Internship chairman, a disciplinary action may be one of the following:
a) Probation, verbal and/or written warnings.
b) Suspension of the Intern for some time as suggested by Interns' supervisors.
6. Evaluation: At the end of the taining period the evaluations will be filled and collected;
a) Intern's evaluation form: filled by the site supervisor based on the periodic reports
b) Internship program evaluation form: filled by site supervisor to any suggestion to improve the program.
c) Training site evaluation forms: Two different forms; one filled by the faculty supervisor and the other filled by trainee to help improve training plan in such site for future trainees.
d) The entries can be used eventually as a reference of the intern when a letter of recommendation or certificate, as well as report or career advice is requested. By the end of the program, the intern’s performance should be evaluated and assessed by the Interns’ supervisors (see evaluation form at the end). The data for evaluation will be compiled from the summary of procedures recorded and a decision of whether the Intern has fulfilled his requirements or requires an extension of the training time, will be recommended.
7. Graduation: At the end of the one-year internship program, interns will be awarded a certificate of completion of the internship signed by the Dean and the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, provided that he fulfilled the requirements of the program. Although the certificate of competency should show no grade, an individual report of each intern’s performance will be kept in his/her file for future reference.
Administration of the program
1. Interns Chairman
During the entire period of the internship, all interns are under the administration of the Interns’ chairman. The chairman in consultation with the department head may discuss the program progress and other issues pertaining to the interns.
Intern shall work on a full time basis during the entire period of the program. He shall execute all procedures and perform other duties related to the training assigned by the site supervisor. Intern is expected to observe all rules and regulation defined in this manual. Intern is encouraged to make comments on the concepts of improving the training program at the end of training period.