"Some perfusion schools just do academic work. Not here. We start off observing in the OR and doing academic work. Then we start doing the perfusion work. It's intense, but someone's always watching you. They won't let you do anything wrong. They don't expect you to know everything. You're supposed to ask questions." —T. Patel
High-Fidelity Perfusion Simulation
College of Health Professions
Rm. 1119, 788 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6933
Fax: 315 464-6914
Name: Bruce Searles, Program Chair
Teaching, studying and improving perfusion skills
The Perfusion Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University is pioneering the use of high fidelity simulation for perfusionist training. Founded more than 35 years ago SUNY is one of the oldest perfusion training programs in the nation and continues to develop and teach innovative tools for training and evaluating cardiovascular perfusionists.
Their new high-fidelity simulation center includes the Orpheus Patient simulator and a variety of modern perfusion equipment in a fully instrumented operating room. The dedicated simulation space includes an operating room, pump room control room and multiple debriefing rooms. Participants activities and patient data are digitally captured with audio-visual recording, annotating and playback capabilities.
"Perfusion may be the perfect field for high fidelity simulation. The haptics and fidelity of the simulation is incredibly real." said Bruce Searles, Associate Professor and Department Chair. "Every piece of equipment the student touches is real clinical equipment. There is no need to pretend with regard to how the perfusionist interacts with the equipment. Based on that we can simulate a surgical procedure that challenges the perfusionist exactly the way a real case does in the operating room." Both Mr. Searles and Faculty member Edward Darling, Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, have developed standardized patient simulations and detailed metrics for teaching and evaluating critical perfusion decision pathways and clinical skills.
The Students in the SUNY perfusion school train under these faculty members nearly every day. The tools and techniques developed over hundreds of hours of training are also available in specific courses for perfusionists and other health professionals. Anyone wishing to learn more about cardiovascular perfusion can benefit from the Simulation Courses.