LPM: A Student’s Perspective- First Rotation Experience

“If I had to give advice to new students, it would be to know the procedure going on at the table and to know what your surgeons expect.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Trials in Research Science

“No matter what type of study design, beginning the process of student research is very daunting…” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to join the editorial team because she reflects the passion and excitement that […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [3]

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. Alfredo Alfredo in the D R (Dominican […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Global Foum ? Yeah ! We Can Do It !

A Picture of the Sun… I would like a Global Forum. It is necessary and far past due. My hope is that eventually, this blog will be considered a resource for all of us. I need help. I need writers and opinions from all over the globe. So please tell your friends if they are […]

Letters From Ecuador: Comfort Zones … [8]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : From this Day on, it was a Blur [7]

“If you are taught by the best, you will be the best. It was an absolute honor to get to scrub for Dr. Novick. It is nice to scrub for a surgeon who expects nothing but excellence, and it is even nicer when the surgeon recognizes your talent, and how hard you work your butt […]

Letters From Ecuador: Improvising [6]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : From West Texas [5]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: LaceyTodd, CORT, from West Texas, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. Formalities … Frank, Here it be 🙂 Not sure how much you wanted, so feel free to leave anything out! Thanks for posting it! First of all, I would like to thank Frank/Circuit […]

Letters From Ecuador: Getting Started [4]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : Setting The Field Straight [3]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: Frank Aprile, writing from an initial conversation with LaceyTodd, CORT, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. She  authors her own narrative on this adventure in future parts of this series… A Conversation and a Napkin… Is pretty much what this part of the […]

Letters From Ecuador: The Arrival [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador: A Preview [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) COMING SOON … = The Arrival… = A Scrub Techs Notes …. (on Tissue Paper) = A Student’s POV Click Here to Continue … International Children’s Heart Foundation Click to View our Website…

Perfusion Notes: [8.1]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here UPDATE:  January 10, 2012 Thank you to all the readers of this blog. However, the further I have gotten into school things have come up that would make me a dead give away to talk about.  This would mean keeping it anonymous is virtually impossible […]

Perfusion Notes: [8]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here A Jungle of Information & Putting it Together I have been very busy with school.  I have had multiple papers, projects and tests over the last few weeks.  On top of that I am pumping cases, reading/studying and when I get a chance sleeping. School […]

Perfusion Notes: [7]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here So It Begins… Well it has been a few weeks since I have written and entry.  I have become incredibly busy.  Between tests, studying/reading to keep up and being in the operating room I find time to sit and watch some tv or sleep.  School is […]

Perfusion Notes: [6]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Wet Labs & Simulations So over the last few weeks I have had a few things on my plate.  I had my first test and did just fine on that.  However, observations have dropped off a little.  I did have the opportunity to observe a […]

Perfusion Notes: [5]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Getting My Feet Wet: Well I am finally getting into the meat of my program.  I have already seen a rather diverse case load.  I would say the coolest thing I have seen so far is a heart transplant.  I had seen a lot of […]

Perfusion Notes: [4]

A STUDENT DIARY To View all Diary Entries- Click Here Introduction to My Program… I have moved to my new location and was lucky enough to get along with another candidate at the interview process that also got in to the program.  So we moved in and started exploring our new surrounding about a week […]

Perfusion Notes: [3]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here LOOKING AT PERFUSION SCHOOLS Like I have already mentioned I was accepted at my first and second choice schools.  My first interview was with my second choice school and so I turned down all other interviews except with my number one choice school.  I remember […]

Perfusion Notes: [2]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here SHADOWING I can say with confidence that I probably had way more experience than most applicants to perfusion school.  Obviously, I was still in college, so some may have more because of age or already working around a perfusionist, but I put over a year […]

Perfusion Notes: [1]

A Student Diary: To View all Diary Entries- Click Here My Bio: I was asked to write about my experience as a perfusion student.  I am posting a perfusion diary relating that experience from beginning to end.  I have chosen to stay anonymous and any people, schools or groups I talk about shall also remain […]