I am pleased to introduce a new guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program. I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective:
“I am a first year perfusion student.I follow your facebook and website to stay updated on perfusion news from all around the world, and I love it. I saw the posting about needing bloggers and wanted to find out if you were interested in a student blogger. Either way, thank you for the work put into the website, it was valuable as I prepared to apply for my program as well as throughout it.
The name of the series will be as above- LPM: A Student’s Perspective. There is a slight play on the acronym as the L stands for Learning as opposed to a metric for Q.
As we all know- regardless of experience level- we all learn minute by minute.
Authored by: Kora
LPM: A Student’s Perspective
I’m a first year perfusion student here in the United States, just finishing up my third quarter of the year. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology, with a minor in English. During my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to be involved with research, which I enjoyed. I also worked as a lab assistant at the local hospital, which was another great experience.
I had initially intended to go into research or laboratory work after graduation-which turned out to be difficult to do with the job market. While I did eventually find work, it was not nearly as challenging or exciting as what I had experienced working at the hospital. While the hospital work had been extremely demanding, there was nothing like the rush from running down the stairs to answer a code or a trauma in the ER. I realized I was missing out on something and that I needed to find a better career for myself.
I got into perfusion by looking into medical specialties, particularly ones that involved the heart. The cardiovascular system had been my absolute favorite in my anatomy and physiology courses, so I naturally gravitated towards those. I found perfusion and fell in love instantly. I researched it in-depth and began to look into schools, particularly those nearby.
To me, perfusion is perfect. It allows for a daily variance in the job, multitasking, and to be an integral member of the cardiac surgical team.
Thanks for reading!