The Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship

SpecialtyCare’s perfusion scholarship program is designed to support and assist cardiovascular perfusion students.

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Perfusion Scholarships for Future Medical Leaders: Application Open Between December 27, 2021 – March 26, 2022

As the largest perfusion provider in the industry, it is our privilege to help support and develop future leaders in clinical perfusion by funding perfusion education scholarships each year. These scholarships are awarded in honor of Jim Brown and Gary Brukardt, two men who helped evolve the practice of perfusion and establish the model for outsourced perfusion services that we use today. Jim and Gary exemplified integrity, leadership, and dedication to patient care and our goal is to provide a perfusion scholarship to students who share these qualities and will work to advance patient outcomes throughout their careers.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Education Scholarship Program.

Track 1 – Eligibility: Must be currently enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited perfusion education program.

Track 2 – Eligibility: Clinical technician and/or an ECMO clinical specialist who would like to advance their career by enrolling in perfusion school. The clinical tech/ECMO specialist must assume the role of an autotransfusion/perfusion assistant/cardiovascular surgical scrub technician, cardiac RN, or surgical assistant working in a sterile environment. Applicant must provide an acceptance letter into a CAAHEP-accredited perfusion program by December 29, 2022, to be granted the scholarship award funding.

Scholarship winners will receive a capped, one-time award of $20,000 and will be offered post-graduation employment with SpecialtyCare. Upon acceptance of the scholarship offer, the awardee must agree to terms of employment and meet all eligibility criteria for employment with SpecialtyCare. When employed by SpecialtyCare, winners will benefit from the many resources we can provide as a leader in the industry – excellent benefits and compensation packages, superior training, assistance with certification preparation, and a chance to take part in industry-leading research projects. The applications will be accepted starting December 27, 2021 and through March 26, 2022. Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.

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Addressing the Perfusionist Shortage

At SpecialtyCare, we like to think of the perfusionist as the “heart of the operation.” As the OR team member who operates the heart-lung bypass machine, and extracorporeal mechanical assist systems, they play the critical role in maintaining a patient’s blood flow and lung function during surgery. It is a rewarding career in an industry that is facing a critical shortage. More perfusionists are currently leaving the field than there are graduates to fill these roles. In 2017, we saw around 180 entry-level perfusionists come into the field, while 280 team members left.

We feel it is our responsibility to bring awareness to perfusion – both as a vital medical service and as a solid career choice. As part of this effort, we are proud to support the Jefferson Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education as well as these scholarship opportunities.