Healthcare Faces a Severe Shortage of Perfusionists
Perfusionists are critical members of the OR team who operate the heart-lung machine during the 350,000 heart surgeries performed annually in the United States. They expertly keep the patient’s lungs breathing, the heart pumping, and the blood circulating. But, healthcare faces a serious shortage of skilled perfusionists. And the shortage is getting worse.
A current sample of 10% of active perfusionists found that nearly 50% of perfusionists are over 50 years old, and in 2015 there were almost 30% fewer new graduates entering the field than professionals leaving the field. This is why SpecialtyCare supports Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education, which offers one of the most advanced perfusionist education programs available today. It’s also why, more than ever before, a perfusion career is a smart choice.
Read more about the perfusionist shortage on our blog.
State-of-the-Art Perfusion Education
To step from the classroom into the operating room and confidently contribute to today’s complex surgical procedures, you need to learn from the best—from perfusion educators who have the knowledge and experience to make sure you are prepared for the extreme challenges of the operating environment.
Jefferson’s ample educational resources, supported by SpecialtyCare’s donation of technology, equipment, and software for the University’s high-fidelity simulation lab, will ensure that the perfusionists of tomorrow are equipped to manage the increasing diversity and complexity of extracorporeal assist devices.
SpecialtyCare Clinical Manager Brian Schwartz, CCP, RN, MBA, knows this equipment and technology inside and out. With more than 15 years of experience in complex cardiovascular perfusion, Brian serves as the program director for the Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education. His extensive experience in clinical practice, perfusion education, and business operations makes him an excellent choice to lead the program.
SpecialtyCare’s support of the Center’s educational program also includes mentored learning in hospital-based clinical rotations–a vital aspect of advanced education. With resources from our Medical Office and our unique multi-institutional national database, students interested in research are well positioned to begin graduate-level work and gain experience in publishing and speaking at industry events.
Apply for the Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship
As the largest perfusion provider in the industry, it is our privilege to help support and develop future leaders in clinical perfusion by funding scholarships for two new perfusion students each year. These scholarships are awarded in the names of Jim Brown and Gary Brukardt, two men who helped evolve the practice of perfusion and establish the model for outsourced perfusion services that we use today. Jim and Gary exemplified integrity, leadership, and dedication to patient care. Our goal is to support students who share these qualities and will work to advance patient outcomes throughout their careers. The Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship can be applied toward a perfusion education at Jefferson’s Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education or any of the perfusion programs listed below.
To apply, download the scholarship application. Complete the form, attach the requested information, and send your application materials to email@example.com.
Note: You must be currently enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited perfusion education program as a student in good standing. Learn more about the eligibility requirements on the application form or send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) Education and Training Programs
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion recognizes the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE) in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), and the Conjoint Committee on Accreditation of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) as the official accrediting agencies for perfusion education programs.
Barry University – Miami Shores, FL
Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Cleveland, OH
Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC
Midwestern University – Glendale, AZ
Milwaukee School of Engineering – Milwaukee, WI
North Shore University – Manhasset, NY
Quinnipiac University – Hamden, CT
Rush University College of Health Science – Chicago, IL
SUNY Upstate Medical University – Syracuse, NY
Texas Heart Institute – Houston, TX
Thomas Jefferson University – Philadelphia, PA (applied for candidacy status)
University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Iowa City, IA
University of Nebraska Medical Center – Omaha, NE
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA
University of Texas – Houston, TX
Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN