Cardiovascular Perfusionist (Arizona)
Selected students are accepted into the Cardiovascular Perfusionist clinical rotation training at Mayo Clinic through the Midwestern University Cardiovascular Science/Perfusion program.
Clinical rotations begin at the end of the third quarter of your didactic education; and consist of 3- to 6-month direct and indirect experience-based curriculum. You receive hands-on learning in the operating room, as well as lectures on an assortment of perfusion related topics.
One student is accepted into the mechanical circulatory assist device (MCAD) internship each year, which takes place during the last quarter of clinical rotations. The MCAD internship consists of direct patient management on assist devices throughout the hospital. You experience research and observe a variety of assist devices utilized at Mayo Clinic Hospital.
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) coordinates student processing and orientation for each student. MSHS also has educational seminars and classes students may take during their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic. MSHS ensures a high standard of quality for each educational practice at Mayo Clinic.
This clinical rotation program prepares students for a career as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP).
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs certified Midwestern University's Cardiovascular Science Program in Perfusion Education to be in full compliance with the nationally established standards. Students are eligible to take the first of two national certifying examinations upon graduation.
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To complete a rotation with Mayo School of Health Sciences, you must be enrolled in Midwestern University's Cardiovascular Science/Perfusion Program in Glendale and selected by the program director of the cardiovascular perfusion clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital. For more information or to enroll in program, please contact:
Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., performs thousands surgeries each year, ranging from straightforward and routine to emergent and highly complex.
Heart procedures at Mayo Clinic Hospital - part of Mayo Clinic in Arizona - include complex open heart surgery for coronary artery bypass grafting or valve repair, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, MAZE procedures, isolated limb perfusion, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and ascending aortic aneurysms or dissections. The vast number and type of cardiovascular surgeries, in combination with our highly educated faculty, make Mayo an ideal setting for you to receive your cardiovascular perfusion education.
Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center in the southwestern United States, where medical research and education are fully integrated with delivering the highest-quality patient care.
Campus activity in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.
The campus offers excellent education facilities, including classrooms, lecture halls, an extensive library and computer lab. The Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000-square-foot research building, houses scientists, trainees and students focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research.
The state-of-the-art 200+ bed Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix opened in 1998 and is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized as the “Best Hospital in Phoenix" several times by Phoenix magazine.
If accepted into the clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic, you gain valuable experience with patients in various hospital settings, including the operating room, intensive care unit, and cardiovascular progressive care unit. The perfusion staff prides themselves in working as a team, not just with each other, but with all hospital personnel.
Graduation and certification
Upon successful completion of your Cardiovascular Perfusion Program, you receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences at the Midwestern University graduation banquet. After completing your perfusion rotations, you will receive a Master's degree from Midwestern University.
Graduates of accredited perfusion programs are eligible to sit for the first part of the national certification examination given by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. There is also a minimum requirement of performing 50 perfusion cases post-graduation in order to sit for the second part of the examination.
The two-part examination is divided into the basic science written examination and the clinical applications of perfusion examination. Upon successful completion, you are considered a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP). Continuing education hours are required every three years in order to maintain certification and a clinical report is required annually.
For the majority of the rotation, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, two to five days per week, with taking call during the weekend.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences accepts three or four students from Midwestern University for their perfusion rotations, with one student being accepted into the MCAD internship rotation, at Mayo Clinic Hospital. This ensures you will receive close one-on-one instruction, a comprehensive educational experience and a variety of cases.