"Some perfusion schools just do academic work. Not here. We start off observing in the OR and doing academic work. Then we start doing the perfusion work. It's intense, but someone's always watching you. They won't let you do anything wrong. They don't expect you to know everything. You're supposed to ask questions." —T. Patel
"Confidence to work on a real patient develops with the ability to repeatedly practice and improve on particular techniques and skills. I am certain that my education at Upstate has given me the skills I need to prepare me for a career as a perfusionist."
Nicole Tomasello, CVP Class of 2011
"The Orpheus has made all the difference in the world as far as preparing me for real cases in the OR. Developing skills and increasing a student's confidence is a major key in succeeding in clinical rotations. I can't imagine a program without it!"
Nancy Sponable, CVP Class of 2011
"Every effort is made to enhance the realistic operating room experience, from donning masks to enter the room to the beeping of the physiologic monitors! The approach of total immersion provides a very serious, therefore useful experience for the practicing perfusionist as well as perfusion students."
William Riley CCP, Boston
"I firmly believe the use of high fidelity simulation is an important adjunct to pre-clinical training of cardiac perfusionist as part of primary education programs. Additionally simulation has a potential as a secondary education of modality for practicing perfusionists and cardiovascular teams, as well as a useful process for pre-release of new technology and equipment prior to use in clinical settings. I appreciate the invite and the opportunity to participate."
Dwayne Jones CPC CCP RN Ontario, Canada
"I thought the simulation experience was tremendously valuable as it throughly challenged my clinical skills. It felt like I was pumping pumping a live case. I have not pumped a case in over 6 1/2 years and I realized how "rusty" you can get when you don't sit behind a pump for an extended period of time. I feel that simulation provides an opportunity to maintain one's clinical skills for those perfusionists that may not pump cases for extended periods of time due to health issues, FMLA, etc. or who struggle to get 40 cases in order to maintain their certification requirements. The staff at SUNY Syracuse have done a tremendous job at providing a realistic O.R. experience for perfusion simulation; it feels like you are in a realisitc operating room environment. Perfusion simulation is an outstanding tool to train perfusion students before they do live cases. There is nothing more valuable than being able to allow people to make mistakes and troubleshoot them so they better understand how those mistakes can affect CBP and/or the patient; this can only be done by simulation, not in a live O.R. environment."
Deb Zarro CP