Medical Technology Management Institute (MTMI) began in 1989 when J. Ed Barnes, Ph.D., saw a need for continuing education for radiologic technologists. The company began with basic X-ray continuing education but soon branched out by adding cross training for their customers. MTMI had the first mammography training course to be accepted by the FDA to meet the MQSA requirement. Soon MRI and CT training followed along with training for other modalities. Expansion continued with the addition of continuing education programs for physicists and physicians.
“Our team is one of our greatest strengths. Our instructors are leaders in their field, clinically active and industry experts in the latest technologies and procedures,” MTMI President Jay Mazurowski, MS, CRA, FAHRA, said. “In addition, our webinar managers are highly proficient at delivering the optimal online learning experience. MTMI is also unique in the industry because we offer programs in all modalities and offerings that cover the complete imaging team: technologists, sonographers, medical physicists, physicians and biomedical technicians.
ICE recently had the opportunity to interview Mazurowski to find out more about the organization and what it offers the diagnostic imaging community.
Q: Can you describe MTMI’s facility?
Mazurowski: MTMI opened its new international headquarters in 2020. Three state-of-the-art classrooms include high-end sound systems and multiple large screen monitors in bright modern surroundings. It is located in Milwaukee’s Research Park, near the Milwaukee County Medical Complex. Located near Mitchell International Airport, our headquarters provide easy access to the medical community and our faculty and enables us to provide the most updated information for our programs.
Q: What are some advantages that your company has over the competition?
Mazurowski: MTMI programs are taught by imaging professionals who are currently working in their field. They have hands-on experience and have a unique perspective that resonates with our students. MTMI is one of the only continuing education companies to offer programs in virtually every modality. In addition, MTMI programs address the needs of a vertical audience by including technologists, sonographers, medical physicist, physicians and biomedical technicians. One final advantage of MTMI is that almost all of our programs are offered as live webinars and we were the first company to offer simulcast of cross training.
Q: What are some challenges that your company faced last year? How were you able to overcome them?
Mazurowski: The COVID-19 pandemic created a challenge in that face-to-face programs had to be canceled. MTMI has provided education via webinar for a long time and the transition of the face-to-face programs to webinar was seamless. We were pushed to new milestones such as the industry’s first-ever PACS training course offered live online. Our hands-on technical programs challenged us to find new technologies to deliver the hands-on experience virtually.
Q: What product or service that MTMI offers are you most excited about right now?
Mazurowski: Cross training courses are gaining the most interest ever, especially mammography and PACS. Within the course we use a game-based review session to keep it fun, yet educational. We are also very excited about a new course offering to a new audience for us. For the first time, we are offering the four-day course “Fundamentals of Medical Instrumentation and Biomedical Equipment Technology.” This course is offered in the classroom and via online webinar. It is designed as an introduction to healthcare technology management and also as a prep course for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) exam.
Q: What are some other recent highlights?
Mazurowski: MTMI recently opened a regional office in Houston, Texas to support the vibrant Texas medical community. The office is the home of two MTMI employees and includes a modern classroom.
Q: What is on the horizon for MTMI? How will it evolve in the coming years?
Mazurowski: MTMI is poised for accelerated growth. We are launching a number of new initiatives including, a Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer (MRSO) course, advanced leadership programs to complement our very popular Pathways to Leadership program, the CBET prep course, interventional radiology cross training and a Six Sigma yellow belt course.
Q: Can you share a success stories with our readers?
Mazurowski: MTMI plays a critical role in patient safety and patient care. Our programs teach imaging professionals the skills required to create optimal images that result in improved patient care and outcomes. Many of our customers come to us for mammography ACR re-accreditation. This consulting service is customized, accredited and is delivered in person by expert instructors. It helps to improve the quality of care for women’s health.
Q: Can you tell us more about the expert instructors and the people who make MTMI go?
Mazurowski: One of MTMI’s core strengths is its people. We have a strong mix of talented employees who are experts at their job. Communication is key to the success of the team. Hosting over 300 webinars per year requires seamless communication to manage the unlimited details.
Q: What is MTMI’s mission statement?
Mazurowski: MTMI is dedicated to providing world-class, comprehensive and innovative continuing education solutions to support the medical imaging and associated services community that result in improved patient care. MTMI prides itself on delivering high-quality programs and outstanding customer service.
For more information, visit MTMI.net.