The Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship
SpecialtyCare’s perfusion scholarship program is designed to support and assist cardiovascular perfusion students.
Perfusion Scholarships for Future Medical Leaders
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 2019 Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Education Scholarship Program. We are also excited to announce some additions to the program. We have increased the number of available scholarships to four:
- Track I: Three awards are available for students currently enrolled in a CAAHEP-accredited perfusion education program.
- Track 2: One award is reserved for a clinical technician serving in a perfusion assistant capacity who would like to advance their career by enrolling in perfusion school. (Please see application more details and stipulations.)
Winners will receive a capped, one-time gift of $20,000 and will be offered employment with SpecialtyCare, where they 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. Meet our 2018 winners. The application is available online and is due no later than February 28, 2019. Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.
Listen to our Perfusion Podcast
Scrubbing In, powered by SpecialtyCare, is a medical podcast about innovation in the OR. In these discussions, we will be speaking to industry leaders in perfusion and those making a positive impact on health care, in the operating room, and in the perfusion industry. This medical podcast is designed to reach all of those within the medical field specifically those in the OR, including; surgeons, nurses, perfusionists, surgical assistants, hospital management, neurophysiologists, supply chain associates, medical researchers, and all those that assist in making surgery safe and successful.
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.
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