The technical physician: A unique discipline in healthcare
The Technical Medicine education at the University of Twente started more than 20 years ago. A new academic discipline in training medical professionals who contribute to patient healthcare by the use of medical technology. This degree fills the gap between classical medicine and complex technology. Now, more than 100 technical medical students graduate every year after a 6-year study and the technical medical specialist is a healthcare professional with expertise in sub-fields of medicine, technical sciences and informatics. The technical physician focuses on improving diagnostics and therapy through innovative use of technology in healthcare. The technical physician combines medical knowledge and skills with expertise in modern technologies in order to apply these optimally and safely to the patient.
After this study, the technical physician often works in top clinical or academic hospitals. Technical physicians work in various fields of medicine (cardiology, surgery, neurology, radiology, nuclear medicine and intensive care) as well as transcending disciplines (3D planning of operations or artificial intelligence). The technical physician contributes to the diagnosis or treatment of complex patient-specific cases and is also closely involved in the scientific research of these departments, as well as in innovation processes for new technological applications. Due to its specific expertise, the technical physician is often involved in multidisciplinary teams.
Since July 2020, the technical physician, under the title of clinical technologist (KT), included as Article 3 profession in the BIG Act, may call himself a recognized healthcare professional.
Where & When
- Time: 13.15 - 14.50
- Language: English
- Room: ACCELERATION STAGE (TL1336)
- Seats: 100
Speakers & Moderator
Alina van de Burgt MSc.
Simeon Ruiter MSc.
Dr. Jouke Tamsma
Ruud van Leuteren PhD
Amsterdam UMC - Emma Children's Hospital
In this session 4 TG alumna (University of Twente), who speaks with great passion about their functioning and the challenges, they face in practice. What does a working day/week look like? What exactly is expected of the technical physician person in a clinical setting? What is the added value that a technical physician has compared to other medical professionals? What is the vision of the technical physician with regard to the current problems regarding staffing and the use of medical innovations? And how did the transition from study to working in a hospital go? You will find out during this session!
13.15 - 13.20
Welcome & Introduction
Dr. Jouke Tamsma - Techmed Centre
13.20 - 13.30
Research, education and clinical practice at TechMed Centre
Dr. Jouke Tamsma - Techmed Centre
13.30 - 13.50
The technical physician as a key role player in interventional oncology
Simeon Ruiter MSc. - UMCG
The incidence of malignant liver tumours is rising, especially in patients with underlying liver diseases. However, most of these patients are unfit for surgery such as partial liver resection. Microwave ablation (MWA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are tissue sparing treatments yielding similar treatment efficacy and overall survival with less complications. The most important drawback of these treatments is the appearance of viable tumour tissue at the edge of the ablation zone. Complete tumour coverage with an adequate margin is crucial for treatment success. This talk will focus on technical innovations for the assessment of technical success after MWA and the role of the technical physician in these treatments.
Simeon Ruiter is working as a staff member at the department of Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). In 2016 he finished Technical Medicine master program Medical Imaging & Interventions. After that, he finished a clinical fellowship focused on local treatment of liver tumours. His work as technical physician focuses on both clinical work as well as research includes thermal ablation and locoregional treatment of liver tumours.
13.50 - 14.10
Technical physician in a community hospital
Alina van de Burgt MSc. - Alrijne hospital
Nuclear medicine is rapidly changing and becoming more and more complex. High-tech PET/CT scanners and rapid developments in radiopharmaceuticals give an impressive increase of diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities. However, it is challenging to cope with these rapid changes and possibilities. A technical physician aims to combine scientific, medical and engineering knowledge to implement novel technologies into the clinic in the most optimal and safe way.
Alina van de Burgt started with the bachelor Technical Medicine, from which she received the undergraduate degree in 2015. She continued with the master Technical Medicine (Medical Imaging & Interventions). After the first year of the master she was a participant in the study tour Wu Xing (China) and started an extracurricular semester Biomedical Engineering at Hanyang University (Seoul). During the second year of the master program she completed four 10-week internships at the departments of Vascular surgery (Rijnstate), Orthopaedics (AmsterdamUMC), Breast oncology/surgery (Guy’s hospital, London) and Siemens Healthineers. She also performed her clinical graduation assignment at the Radiology and Nuclear medicine department (LeidenUMC). In 2019 she started as a technical physician at the Nuclear Medicine department at Alrijne. To this day, she is responsible for the implementation of new techniques into clinical practise, but also scientific research and PET-CT protocol optimization.
14.10 - 14.30
Lisanne Roesthuis - Radboudumc
14.30 - 14.50
Technical Neonatal Medicine - Where healthcare, research and industry meet
Ruud van Leuteren PhD - Amsterdamumc
At the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants are admitted for a variety of reasons, for example (extremely) preterm birth, complications during labour or because they are born with congenital disorders. Many of these children require both continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring and life-saving respiratory support due to the immaturity of their respiratory system. The NICU provides the high-end technical environment required for this treatment, but clinical practice can struggle with optimally using the full potential of medical technology. As a result, the demand for a technical physician emerged, being an expert with knowledge in both the medical and the technological field. In this way the several areas that are paramount for clinical innovation, can be interconnected in clinical practice.
Ruud van Leuteren (1992) studied Technical Medicine (Medical Sensing and Stimulation) and subsequently performed PhD research in the NICU of the Amsterdam UMC, in the Emma Children’s Hospital. He investigated the use of transcutaneous electromyography of the diaphragm as an objective tool for monitoring and respiratory effort assessment. After a successful defense in 2021 he continued his work in the NICU as a research fellow and technical physician, working very close with clinicians, universities and med-tech industry.
Wrap up & Closing
Dr. Jouke Tamsma - Techmed Centre