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Medical Materiel are Medical Supply Technicians employed by hospitals, clinics, and the military; these professionals are responsible for managing and requisitioning, receiving, storing, issuing, safeguarding and accounting for supplies and medical equipment used in healthcare. In addition, Medical Supply Technicians are responsible maintaining requirements and records on storage/war reserve materiel; establish stock control levels and inventory control; controlled medical items (i.e. Drugs and precious metals); and delivering supplies and equipment to the customers. Medical logistics is often confused with and falls over the professional group in the hospital, the Medical Materiel/Medical Supply Technicians.
Medical Supply Technician have many specialized areas of which they work, such as:
• Medical Equipment Management Office (MEMO)
• Controlled Medical items
• Inventory Management
• Warehouse & Distribution
• Customer Service
Medical Materiel technician training
Education Medical materiel technicians combine sound knowledge of high school courses in management, basic electronic data processing, bookkeeping, accounting, and business administration is highly desirable, and therefore tend to have a bachelors of business and advanced degrees from major universities. Most entry level Loggies enter into the field with a 2-year associates degree in Medical materiel technology and have at least 4 years experience in the field, or they spend around one year in full-time military training. A 4-year graduate acts as a business administrator that perform the same medical materiel management duties similar to a medical supply or sales manager. Practical experience is gained through internships. Continuing education in the form of mentoring and service schools is typically provided by specific medical supply manufacturers.
Loggies typically require a type of professional certification, such as satisfying certain education requirements and passing an examination to become a Certified Materials & Resources Professional (CMRP, Certified Medical Manager (CMM), or Certified Professional Logistician. In many cases, carrying the title of "CMRP" is highly encouraged, not mandatory, and is respected within the community
In-House: Loggies typically work in the hospital's Medical Logistics Department, but can also find employment as a third-party supply organization. Sales/Supply Organizations: Loggiess work for OEM or Third Parties and are often called sales specialists.
All military members entering the Medical Materiel career field receive comprehensive training and management training at the DoD Medical Materiel Technician Training School.
United States Air Force
- Job Code 4A1X1 (where X represents the corresponding skill level 3, 5, 7 or 9)
- Air Force Instruction 41-209, "Medical Logistics" bible.
United States Army