Non-Medical Learners Can Now Study Perfusion Online
The University of Melbourne – Mobile Learning Unit launched a course late 2018 on Medical Perfusion. Initially targeted at students with a medical background, Dr. Joe Power, the course director has expanded the course offering so that students from a non-medical background can also choose to study Perfusion.
This professional development course is for anyone who would like to train in perfusion. It is a tremendous online eLearning resource and it will help in raising standards of education in the field of perfusion.
“If you are a medical perfusionist, you’ve got medical training, and we also want them to have anesthetic training. If you’re a clinical perfusionist, you will come from a non-medical background, but you would have direct training in perfusion by doing this course,” said Dr. Power.
The Clinical Perfusion course can be done 100% online, and there are no practical components.
“For Clinical Perfusion, it is 100% online. It’s the first of its type in the world. There is no other online, theoretical training course for perfusion anywhere in the world that people can complete in their own time. The combination of theoretical background and case studies, coupled with real-life examples of problems and situations makes it even more unique.”
The Medical Perfusion course is best studied by a student who is working in a cardiac fellowship program that includes cardiac anaesthesia and transoesophageal echocardiography. The Clinical Perfusion course, however, can be studied by anyone who are enrolled or completed a previous clinical perfusion training course.
The course consists of 54 tutorials, comprising of approximately 60 hours of learning. 47 authors were involved in the course development process.
Both the Medical and Clinical Perfusion courses are directed by Dr. Joe Power MBBCh FCA(SA) FFARCSI FANZCA PG Dip Echo, who is a 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. Joe also works with the Department of Health, representing the interests of medical perfusionists and is on the board of directors of the Wesley Anaesthetic group. He has been active in promoting the use of simulation in perfusion for both the training of medical perfusionists and for ongoing maintenance of professional standards.
To learn more about the Medical and Clinical Perfusion courses, please visit the link below