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Overview

Medical perfusion has been practiced as a discipline in Australia for more than three decades. Thus far the training has been conducted on an apprenticeship basis with no formal theoretical component. The Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion (ASMP) in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, has developed an online professional development course to provide the theoretical knowledge base needed for the study and practice of medical perfusion.

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OVERVIEW

Students can enroll in an eLearning component (available for specialities in certain disciplines) or eLearning and practical components (available only for trainees and ASMP members only). For the practical training, it will be conducted in hospitals supervised by the ASMP.  This will comprise of gaining the practical skills in operating a heart lung machine and simulator-based training to enable the candidate to efficiently manage emergency situations. The objective is to produce graduates that are well versed in both the theory and practice of the discipline.

DESIGNED FOR

It is best that this course is studied while a student is working in a cardiac fellowship program that includes cardiac anaesthesia and transoesophageal echocardiography.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the student should have comprehensively covered the theory related to medical perfusion and have been immersed in multiple practical examples that relate this theory to the practice of the discipline. After completing the course, participants should:

  1. Have a detailed knowledge of the equipment that is used in cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. This includes understanding the circuits, the heat exchangers, cell savers, cannulas and monitors.
  2. Understand the effect of cardiopulmonary bypass on the major organ systems including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, hematological and endocrine. In addition, the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass on the pharmacology of the drugs used is included.
  3. Be able to completely manage all aspects of cardiopulmonary bypass including setting up the circuits, cannulation, commencement of bypass, maintenance of bypass, separation from bypass, hemodialysis on bypass, intra-aortic balloon pump, ECMO and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest.
  4. Understand how to manage problems that can occur on cardiopulmonary bypass including circuit thrombosis, oxygenator failure, anaphylaxis, failure of the heart lung machine and massive air embolism among others.
  5. COURSE OUTLINE

    COURSE UNITS

    The elearning component is made up of four main subjects.

    • Subject 1 – Equipment for Extracorporeal Perfusion
    • Subject 2 – Pharmacology, Physiology and End Organ Effects of Extracorporeal Perfusion
    • Subject 3 – Conduct of Extracorporeal Perfusion
    • Subject 4 – Crisis Management, Simulation and Practicum

    The objective is to provide learning material that covers the theory of each topic but then links this to real life examples and scenarios.

    ASSESSMENT

    Each subject requires the submission of self-assessments, case studies and exam. The Medical Perfusion course is designed to be completed in a 6 to 12 month period.

    DELIVERY MODE

    Subject completion requires approximately 60 hours of eLearning. Practical component is completed on the job or with an accredited training unit.

    Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Once the program materials have been downloaded on tablets, all the interactive media content can be viewed even when offline (however, internet access is required periodically to login or re-verify login credentials). Program materials can also be accessed online using a web browser.

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    COURSE LEADERS

    COURSE DIRECTOR

    Dr. Gerald (Joe) Power
    MBBCh FCA(SA) FFARCSI FANZCA PG Dip Echo

    Joe Power is VMO anaesthetist with the Wesley Anaesthesia and Pain Management group in Brisbane. He is the president of the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion and has been promoting the establishment of a formal education process for medical perfusion and working with the Department of Health representing the interests of medical perfusionists. He has also been active in promoting the use of simulation in perfusion for both the training of medical perfusionists and for ongoing maintenance of professional standards. He is on the board of directors of the Wesley Anaesthetic group.

    AUTHORS

    • A/Prof Paul Forrest, MBChB, FANZCA
    • Alex Cavdarski MBBS(Qld), FANZCA, PG Dip Echo
    • Andrew Jackson MBBS, FANZCA
    • Andrew Van Leeuwen
    • Ben Slater
    • Bong Joon Huh, MBBS, PGDipCU, FANZCA
    • Bruce Todd
    • David Trappett MBBCh FANZCA
    • Dr Alistair Kan
    • Dr Amelia Traino MBBS, BMedSc FANZCA
    • Dr Andrew Miller
    • Dr Ann Ngui, MBBS FANZCA ASCeXAM PGDipEcho
    • Dr Anton van Niekerk
    • Dr Bradley Smith MBBS (hons) FANZCA FCICM
    • Dr Bruce Adendorff MBChB(UFS), MMed(UFS), FCA(SA), FANZCA
    • Dr Bruce Cartwright MBBS, FANZCA, PGDipEcho, AdPTEeXAM
    • Dr Chris Richardson
    • Dr Chris Wong, BHB, MBChB, FANZCA
    • Dr Damien Boyd MBBS FANZCA
    • Dr David William McLeod
    • Dr Eric Janes
    • Dr James Drew
    • Dr John Wynter, MBBS, BSc (Med), FFARACS, FANZCA
    • Dr Karen Hungerford, B Med Sc, MBBS (Hons), FANZCA, M Clin US
    • Dr Kris Skeggs, BSc, MBBS, FANZCA
    • Dr Mark Schneider FANZCA
    • Dr Martin Shaw MBBS, FANZCA
    • Dr Michael Wirth, MBBS, FANZCA, PGDipEcho, PTeEXAM
    • Dr Paul Sadleir MBBS (Hons, UWA), FANZCA, PGDip Periop and Crit Care Echo (Uni Melb), APTEeXAM (US NBE)
    • Dr Paul Wajon MB BS FFARACS FANZCA PGDipPeriopEchocard
    • Dr Rae Duffy
    • Dr Roslyn Shaw BMedSc MBBS(Hons) FANZCA PGDipEcho
    • Dr Shalini Achuthan MBBS (Hons) FANZCA PGDipEcho MPH
    • Dr Shaun Roberts MBBS FANZCA
    • Dr Simon Pattullo BSc (Hons), PG Dip Echo, FANZCA
    • Dr Simon Spiers
    • Dr Warren Pavey, MBBS (hons) FRCA FANZCA PTeXAM
    • Dr William Soong M.B.,B.S. FANZCA FRACGP PGDip Echo DipRACOG
    • Andrew Nikola FANZCA, MBBS (USyd), B.Pharm (USyd), PG Dip.Clin US (UMelb)
    • Cesar Fernandez-Cornejo FANZCA, PGDipEcho, MCU
    • Jonathan Trinh, FANZCA, BMBS Hons. (Flinders), B.Med.Sci (USYD)
    • Joanne Irons
    • Kenneth A. Williams MBBS FANZCA
    • Keshavan Kanesalingam
    • Mark Hayman, VMO Anaesthetist, Melbourne
    • Dr Norman Feist, FANZCA, MD, DESA
    • Saul Judelman MBBS FANZCA PTE
    • HOW MUCH IS IT?

      FOR DOMESTIC MEDICAL GRADUATES:

      • Option 1 Course Fee: Four eLearning subjects with practical component - AUD $8,800 (incl. GST).
      • Option 2 Course Fee: Four eLearning subjects only, no practical component - AUD $5,500 (incl. GST).
      • Option 3 Course Fee: Single eLearning subject, no practical component - AUD $1,485 (incl. GST).

      FOR INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      • Course Fee: Four eLearning subjects only, no practical component - AUD $6,600 (incl. GST).

      FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      • Course Fee: Four eLearning subjects only, no practical component - AUD $6,600 (incl. GST).

      This course is online and you can commence anytime. You can complete this course in your own timeframe and most students will formally finish the course within a 12 month period. Once you have registered for the course, you will have lifetime access to the course content.

      COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

      FOR DOMESTIC MEDICAL GRADUATES:

      Option 1 – eLearning and Practical

      To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following:

      • Fellowship in anaesthesia (FANZCA) or equivalent
      • Member registration with the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion (ASMP)
      • A job or registration with an accredited training unit that will supply the practical training
      • The education policy of the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion can be found here.

      Option 2 – eLearning only

      To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following:

      • Fellowship in anaesthesia (FANZCA), intensive care (FCICM) or cardiac surgery (FRACS), Advanced trainees in these disciplines may also be accepted.

      Option 3 – Single Subject eLearning only

      To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following:

      • Fellowship in anaesthesia (FANZCA), intensive care (FCICM) or cardiac surgery (FRACS), Advanced trainees in these disciplines may also be accepted.

      Please include supporting documentation with your application. The supporting documentation required is an academic transcript, CV/Resume.

      FOR INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      Option 2 – eLearning only

      To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following:

      • Enrolled or completed a clinical perfusion training course in clinical perfusion.

      Please include supporting documentation with your application. The supporting documentation required is an academic transcript, CV/Resume.

      FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      Option 2 – eLearning only

      To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following:

      • A fellowship in a relevant specialty association such as anaesthesia, intensive care or cardiac surgery.

      Please include supporting documentation with your application. The supporting documentation required is an academic transcript, CV/Resume.

      Disclaimer:

      • Please note this is a “Professional Development Course” only
      • This course will not allow international students to “register to practice” in Australia
      • This course does not give international students entitlement to work in Australia.

      PRACTICAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

      FOR DOMESTIC MEDICAL GRADUATES:

      • fellowship in anaesthesia (FANZCA) or equivalent
      • member registration with the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion (ASMP)
      • a job or registration with an accredited training unit that will supply the practical training
      • the education policy of the Australasian Society of Medical Perfusion can be found here.

      FOR INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      Not applicable. The international version of this course does not contain a practical component.

      FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PERFUSIONISTS:

      Not applicable. The international version of this course does not contain a practical component.

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      APPLICATION PROCEDURE

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Course Information

Fees

Member: $8,000 (excludes GST) (Four eLearning subjects with practical component)

Non-member: $5,000 (excludes GST) (Four eLearning subjects only, no practical component)

Non-member: $1,350 (excludes GST) (Single eLearning subjects)