Medical perfusion has been practised 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 course to provide the theoretical knowledge base needed for the study and practice of medical perfusion. The theoretical course will be run in conjunction with the practical training conducted in hospitals supervised by the ASMP. The objective is to produce graduates that are well versed in both the theory and practice of the discipline.
The course has divided the subject into four main subjects that guide a student through the discipline in a stepwise fashion. The four subjects include equipment, physiology and pharmacology, the conduct of extracorporeal perfusion and crisis management. Within each subject, there are approximately 15 tutorials. Each tutorial has multiple choice questions and a case study to add to the learning value of the subject.
The objective is to provide learning material that covers the theory of each topic but then links this to real-life examples and scenarios. 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. 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. The course is designed to be completed in a 6 to 12 month period. Course Units include:
- Subject 1 – Equipment for extracorporeal perfusion
- Subject 2 – Pharmacology, physiology, and end organeffects of extracorporeal perfusion
- Subject 3 – Conduct of extracorporeal perfusion
- Subject 4 – Crisis management, simulation, and practicum