Making Surgery Safer ®

Because continuous learning drives continuous improvement, the core of our training utilizes these three modalities, each customized to our specific services. Formal training takes place at our main training facility in Brentwood, Tennessee, and at regional training locations across the country. Our training features:

  • Didactic training in a traditional classroom setting
  • Simulation center featuring a fully equipped OR for training
  • Lectures on regulatory and legal issues that ensure awareness of, and adherence to, the very latest compliance standards

In addition, webinars and virtual conferencing are regularly used to deliver lectures and demonstrations that keep our people updated on the latest clinical practices, regulatory issues, and service techniques.

Local training is also provided by clinically trained associates in the field. These clinicians are backed by SpecialtyCare University with the latest information and best practices in learning and development.

SpecialtyCare University

In 2010, we founded SpecialtyCare University to provide ongoing growth and development for our associates through education and training so that we stay on the front end of knowledge to ensure the best clinical outcomes for our patients.

Perfusion Training Program

Applicants to SpecialtyCare’s perfusion program must have completed a two-year master’s degree, a post-bachelor two-year training program, or be board certified. New graduates have two years after hire to achieve board certification. We provide support in preparation for the certification exams and continuing education opportunities through internal training and CEU-eligible industry events.

Additionally, SpecialtyCare supports Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education by donating the latest technology, equipment, and software to the Dr. Robert and Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to ensure that students benefit from the most advanced tools and resources available. Learn more about the IEHP and scholarship opportunities provided by SpecialtyCare.

About SpecialtyCare perfusion services.

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Training Program

In January 2018, the ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation Board recognized SpecialtyCare’s Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Training Program with formal Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM) program status, making SpecialtyCare the first clinical services provider to achieve this recognition. With approval as a recognized program, our surgical neurophysiology (SNI) trainees gain Pathway IV eligibility for ABRET’s Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (CNIM) testing.

Applicants to the SpecialtyCare intraoperative neuromonitoring program are required to possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in neuroscience or another life science. Each surgical neurophysiologist completes both a structured didactic training course and mentored clinical internship over the course of 12 full months prior to independent practice.

Both formal and informal, periodic written evaluations are conducted by mentors, supervisors, senior staff members, and a full-time education program director with 25 years of neuromonitoring experience. SpecialtyCare’s surgical neurophysiologists are evaluated based on objective performance criteria in the operating room before receiving clinical privileges through our internal credentialing process.

These privileges are granted in select categories of surgical monitoring on the basis of demonstrated core competency, and are reviewed on an annual basis for all clinical staff with the goal of developing advanced skill sets under carefully controlled mentored learning experiences.

We require all new professional staff to obtain CNIM credentials after successful completion of their first training year. SpecialtyCare encourages doctoral-level neurophysiologists to seek professional-level specialty board certification as Diplomates of the American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring (DABNM) after three years of multi-modality neuromonitoring experience across several surgical specialties and complex, high-risk procedures.

Learn more about how we train our surgical neurophysiologists, and visit our IONM Careers page for current opportunities.

VIDEO: From training to research to the quality of care, our IONM experts have pioneered advancements in the field and continue to set the standard for performance. Hear from our team.

Autotransfusion Training Program

Evaluation and training for SpecialtyCare Autotransfusion (ATS) clinical technicians involves three phases:

  • Phase I:  The clinician receives a pre-employment aptitude test
  • Phase II:  The clinician attends a training course at SpecialtyCare University and must pass a comprehensive written exam before on-site hospital employment
  • Phase III:  The clinician is supervised for a predefined number of hours in the field to complete his or her clinical training

Clinicians must pass a stringent ability assessment that validates that they can work independently. All clinicians meet the standards set by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Joint Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Learn more about SpecialtyCare autotransfusion services.

Surgical Assist Training Program

Our surgical assistants (physician assistants, registered nurse first assistants, and certified surgical assistants) are fully trained, certified, and experienced. All assistants must demonstrate their competency in our simulation OR upon hire. Annually, all surgical assistants are thoroughly assessed with a rigorous clinical competency evaluation that covers knowledge of the following areas as they apply to their clinical areas of practice:

  • Assessment of patient physiological health status
  • Infection control
  • Effective communication skills
  • Preoperative procedure preparation
  • Patient preparation
  • Intraoperative surgical support
  • Postoperative skills
  • General surgery, GYN, urology, plastic surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Neuro/spinal surgery

Regular continuing education training is provided by subject matter experts via our distance learning technology.

Learn more about SpecialtyCare surgical assist services.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Support Training Program

Our Minimally Invasive Surgical Support team members receive validated training in aseptic technique, OR protocol, and more. We meet standards set by AORN, the Joint Commission, and OSHA. Evaluation and training involve three phases:

Phase I:  The clinician receives study material (fundamentals of MISS, equipment, etc.) to study for a pre-employment aptitude test.
Phase II:  Upon successfully passing the pre-employment test, the clinician attends a training course at SpecialtyCare University. Training in the classroom and our fully equipped simulation OR provides a framework for courses in the following areas:

  • Medical terminology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Surgical procedural process
  • Video troubleshooting and endoscopic equipment
  • Care, handling and cleaning of surgical instruments
  • Operating room and central sterile protocol
  • Sterile technique and surgical attire
  • Customer service training and physician/staff relations

All clinical technicians must pass a comprehensive written exam before on-site hospital employment.

Phase III:  The clinician is supervised by a senior person in the field while completing their clinical training. During this time, the clinician must pass an assessment of ability checklist that validates that they can work independently.

Learn more about SpecialtyCare minimally invasive surgical support services.