We invest in our associates.

Our people are the heart of everything we do and make us a trusted name in the industry for over 1,100 hospitals.


OR Education and Training

As trendsetters in the healthcare industry and leading innovators in the OR, SpecialtyCare understands that continuous improvement doesn’t happen without continuous learning. To achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, it is vital that our leaders stay up-to-date and knowledgeable in the latest healthcare trends, techniques, and evidence-based practices. And it is to educate our clinicians and technicians so that they can utilize these best practices in the OR.

We invest a significant amount of time and resources into the training of our associates because it just makes sense. We want them to confidently walk into any OR, integrate fully with any OR team, and feel fully prepared for the task at hand. Our people are the heart of everything we do, and they make us a trusted name in the industry for more than 1,100 hospitals. So why wouldn’t we want to invest in their career?

To provide a structured and robust training program, we developed and launched SpecialtyCare University in 2010. This education and training program is customized to each specific service line we offer. Formal training for our associates takes place at SpecialtyCare headquarters in Brentwood, TN and features:

  • Didactic training in a traditional classroom setting
  • Simulation center featuring a fully equipped OR for training
  • Lectures on regulatory and legal issues that ensure awareness of, and adherence to, the very latest compliance standards

In addition, webinars and virtual conferencing are regularly used to deliver lectures and demonstrations that keep our clinicians updated on the latest clinical practices, regulatory issues, and service techniques. Local training is also provided by clinically trained associates in the field. These clinicians are backed by SpecialtyCare University with the latest information and best practices in learning and development.

Service-line Training Programs

Every new hire at SpecialtyCare will attend mandatory training within the first 30 days of their hire date. Our goal is to build a team that is confident in the OR and feels supported by their leaders at SpecialtyCare.

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Perfusion Training Program

Our highly regard perfusion leaders prepare mix of classroom and hands-on training to prepare each new hire for their new role with SpecialtyCare. Classroom training for new perfusionist helps our new associates understand the process for data collection and reporting, compliance, and other critical pieces related to job performance such as reducing clinical variation.

Simulation training allows perfusionist to experience critical situations that may arise during surgery that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to work on. This simulation training is an exciting new offering for SpecialtyCare coming in early 2019.

Additionally, SpecialtyCare supports Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education by donating the latest technology, equipment, and software to the Dr. Robert and Dorothy Rector Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to ensure that students benefit from the most advanced tools and resources available. Learn more about the IEHP and scholarship opportunities provided by SpecialtyCare.

Perfusion training applicants to SpecialtyCare’s perfusion program must have completed a two-year master’s degree, a post-bachelor two-year training program, or be board certified. New graduates have two years after hire to achieve board certification. We provide support in preparation for the certification exams and continuing education opportunities through internal training and CEU-eligible industry events.

Perfusion Scholarship Program

One of the most significant trends facing our industry today is the severe shortage of perfusionists. A current sample of 10% of active perfusionists found that nearly 50% are over 50 years old, and in 2015 there were almost 30% fewer new graduates entering the field than professionals leaving the field. This rate of decline cannot be sustained for long before the deficit poses serious risks to the 350,000 patients who need heart surgeries and perfusion services each year.

In response, SpecialtyCare’s Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Education Scholarship program is designed to assist cardiovascular perfusion students who demonstrate the potential to advance patient-focused care in a way that honors the legacies of Jim Brown and Gary Brukardt.


IONM Training Program

In January 2018, the ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation Board recognized SpecialtyCare’s Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Training Program with formal Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NIOM) program status. With approval as a recognized program, our surgical neurophysiology (SNI) trainees gain Pathway IV eligibility for ABRET’s Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (CNIM) testing.

IONM Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the SpecialtyCare intraoperative neuromonitoring program are required to possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in neuroscience or another life science. Each surgical neurophysiologist completes both a structured didactic training course and mentored clinical internship over the course of 12 full months prior to independent practice.

Both formal and informal, periodic written evaluations are conducted by mentors, supervisors, senior staff members, and a full-time education program director with 25 years of neuromonitoring experience. SpecialtyCare’s surgical neurophysiologists are evaluated based on objective performance criteria in the operating room before receiving clinical privileges through our internal credentialing process.

These privileges are granted in select categories of surgical monitoring on the basis of demonstrated core competency and are reviewed on an annual basis for all clinical staff with the goal of developing advanced skill sets under carefully controlled mentored learning experiences.

Credentialing Requirements

We require all new professional staff to obtain CNIM credentials after successful completion of their first training year. SpecialtyCare encourages doctoral-level neurophysiologists to seek professional-level specialty board certification as Diplomates of the American Board of Neurophysiologic Monitoring (DABNM) after three years of multi-modality neuromonitoring experience across several surgical specialties and complex, high-risk procedures.


Autotransfusion Training

Evaluation and training for SpecialtyCare Autotransfusion (ATS) clinical technicians involves three phases:

  • Phase I: The clinician receives a pre-employment aptitude test
  • Phase II: The clinician attends a training course at SpecialtyCare University and must pass a comprehensive written exam before on-site hospital employment
  • Phase III: The clinician is supervised for a predefined number of hours in the field to complete his or her clinical training

Clinicians must pass a stringent ability assessment that validates that they can work independently. All clinicians meet the standards set by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Joint Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Surgical Assist Training Program

Our surgical assistants (physician assistants, registered nurse first assistants, and certified surgical assistants) are fully trained, certified, and skilled team members. All assistants must demonstrate their competency in our simulation OR upon hire. Annually, all surgical assistants are thoroughly assessed with a rigorous clinical competency evaluation that covers knowledge of the following areas as they apply to their clinical areas of practice:

  • Assessment of patient physiological health status
  • Infection control
  • Effective communication skills
  • Preoperative procedure preparation
  • Patient preparation
  • Intraoperative surgical support
  • Postoperative skills
  • General surgery, GYN, urology, plastic surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Neuro/spinal surgery

Regular continuing education training is provided by subject matter experts via our distance learning technology.


Minimally Invasive Surgical Support Training Program

Our Minimally Invasive Surgical Support team members receive validated training in aseptic technique, OR protocol, and more. We meet standards set by AORN, the Joint Commission, and OSHA.

Evaluation and training involve three phases:

Phase I: The clinician receives study material (fundamentals of MISS, equipment, etc.) to study for a pre-employment aptitude test.

Phase II: Upon successfully passing the pre-employment test, the clinician attends a training course at SpecialtyCare University. Training in the classroom and our fully equipped simulation OR provides a framework for courses in the following areas:

  • Medical terminology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Surgical procedural process
  • Video troubleshooting and endoscopic equipment
  • Care, handling and cleaning of surgical instruments
  • Operating room and central sterile protocol
  • Sterile technique and surgical attire
  • Customer service training and physician/staff relations

All clinical technicians must pass a comprehensive written exam before on-site hospital employment.

Phase III: The clinician is supervised by a senior person in the field while completing their clinical training. During this time, the clinician must pass an assessment of ability checklist that validates that they can work independently.