When is Younger TOO Young ? A Perfusion Survey

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Little Lord Fontelroy Meets Perfusion …

We again discuss age here, but go to the other side of the spectrum: away from older perfusionists and on to the younger brood entering our ranks…

Please note the picture below and ask yourself- who are they and why are they so young?

The Young Gunz … of Perfusion

Well, they are all graduating perfusionists that put their resume’s online here @ ‘Surfers, and the reason they are so young is because they just graduated from a perfusion program- in other words- new college grads silly 🙂

Anyway, they are all in their early to mid 20’s, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and ready to start doing some perfusionate-ing (if that’s a word LOL).

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Are they Ready?

Can a 23 year old successfully navigate a tough pump run?

Can someone with zero prior O.R. or medical experience, graduate from an accredited program, take their perfusion degree, and safely pump a case?

They have the training, but can they handle the pressure?  Will they be taken seriously by their O.R. team members?

Well, their schools say they are and can, and so do their resume’s.  Just as ready as anyone of us who graduated a decade or more so- ago.

When I started, I felt I was ready.  I knew I was perfusion stupid, but I trusted my gut, and didn’t let things scare me.  I was too dumb to be intimidated, but I thought I was good- better than good- better than you.

I think if you don’t think you are the best – when you walk in the room, you should probably walk out.  I certainly respected the experience that older perfusionists brought to the table- the calmness and certainty that they would ALWAYS have a solution.  But I wasn’t afraid of my lack of experience.

I just loved it, and if you love it- well, you will be fine.

So, to answer the above questions on whether or not they can do it …

Can they get the job done?

I think they can !

Will they get better?

Of course they will- or they won’t last.

Are they as good as we were when we graduated?

I Think so…  Our profession has only improved since I went to school.

Does the exuberance of youthful enthusiasm trump an experienced war horse?

Probably not- but it might make them remember how they got there 🙂

Do Simulators Replace Experience ?

Since I have zero experience with simulators, that question is best tabled to those of you that have trained with them or have at least played around with them.

My feeling is that they help a lot.  They can create scenario’s that one would have to wait several years in terms of real life clinical experience- to actually encounter.

Any input ?

5 thoughts on “When is Younger TOO Young ? A Perfusion Survey

  1. 29 years ago a man named Jim Dearing accepted a student into an Extracorporeal Circulation Technology Program at the age of 20. After graduating at the age of 22 as an honor graduate and passing the CCP exams a few months later, she is still a clinical perfusionist at the age of 49-soon to be the big 5-0. I feel I can answer both sides of the age question. I was fortunate to have had some excellent instructors at MUSC and Emory Clinic as a fellow, and fortunate today that 29 years later someone very experienced believed in a 20 year old that had never been in an operating room. “Age” is relative to your skills, your work ethic, and sound clinical judgements.

  2. I hope the new generation will learn from us, otherwise what is the point?

    Maybe we had ballds bigger than brains but we also learned from people who were at the absolute cutting edge.

    The new generation have all the advantages I just hope they have enoúgh common sense to use the advice of those of us who have been there, seen it, done it and survived.

  3. some the kids at their jobs as well as clips from the CCP hosted scanevgar hunt from last week in Pictures from the Social plus others will be uploaded soon so make sure to check and see when the

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