PrepMD (Braintree, MA) has just graduated its first class of students training for careers in the medical device industry. As reported in the Patriot Ledger, the new company's program offers training in cardiac rhythm management, helping participants to land positions at firms that offer pacemakers and other heart devices. According to the report, more than half of the 16 students who completed the six-month program have already secured full-time jobs with medical device companies.
Developed by Matt O'Neal, formerly of Boston Scientific, and Bob Mattioli, formerly of Tyrx, PrepMD has replicated a cardiophysiology lab at its Braintree office, where students learn basic anatomy, as well as how to interpret EKGs and assist physicians in the operating room. The participants also perform clinical observation in the electrophysiology labs at Boston area hospitals. In addition to on-site instruction, many lectures are given by medical device company representatives.
For the upcoming fall term, more than 300 candidates have submitted applications for the course, which costs a total of $25,000. Currently, the program is not accredited.