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Next Gen: Bryant Hawkins Jr.

Bryant Hawkins Jr. was introduced to the world of healthcare technology management by his father and namesake Bryant Hawkins. His father is a successful HTM professional with 30 years of experience. Bryant Hawkins Jr. holds an associate degree in biomedical equipment technology and is currently a biomedical technician with AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital in Florida.

TechNation found out more about this Next Gen HTM pro via a recent question-and-answer session.

Q: Where did you grow up? A: I grew up in Slidell, Louisiana.

Q: Where did you receive your HTM training/education? A: I received my college education at the College of Biomedical Equipment Technology and before starting in the field I also did an internship and AdventHealth Palm Coast.

Q: Why did you choose to get into this field? A: My father was the one who introduced me into this field. I was unsure what I wanted to pursue when I was finishing my tenure in high school. He told me that I should go into this field as he felt like it would be something I would enjoy and that even if I did not enjoy it I could use it to fund my education. Fortunately for me, I greatly enjoy this field.

Q: What do you like most about your position? A: I enjoy the fact that I help people by doing my job correctly. It is a very fulfilling feeling.

Q: What interests you the most about HTM? A: All the different kinds of medical equipment there are. Before starting, I never realized how ignorant I was to just how many kinds of machines there are to help save people’s lives.

Q: What has been your greatest accomplishment in your field thus far? A: My greatest accomplishment has to be seeing how far I’ve grown intellectually in the field from when I started to now. In the beginning, my knowledge was minimum on the workings on the equipment and hospital environment, but now I can say I feel quite comfortable navigating myself through issues. Whether it’s a call from the OR or having to troubleshoot with the telemetry system, I always find myself being able to find a solution to the problems.

Q: What goals do you have for yourself in the next 5 years? A: One goal I have for myself in the next 5 years is to advance to Tech 2 status and go to some training sessions.

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