AmSECT Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion 

The application period for the 2020 Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Awards is now open and it will close December 15, 2019. All requirements needed to be met and the completed documents (new or continuing; including reference letters) are required to be on file with AmSECT National Headquarters by the December 15 deadline. Applications that are incomplete after December 15 will not be reviewed by the Pediatric Fellow Review Committee. 

To begin the application process, please read the information below and then complete the Request for Application form linked below the requirements and application process outline. 

Applicants for Pediatric Fellowship in the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology
are required to have the following qualifications:

  1. Graduation from an accredited perfusion or circulation technology program acceptable to the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology. (CCPs trained on the job must meet all requirements below).
  2. Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, Canadian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, the Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of Great Britain and Ireland, or the Australian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
  3. A full and unrestricted license to practice perfusion in their respective state or province (if applicable).
  4. Two years of uninterrupted service in one location after completion of formal training. Additional practice time (usually one year) may be required if the practice situation changes. Exceptions may be granted by the review committee.
  5. A current member of AmSECT and the ABCP with no reportable actions pending.
    • NOTE ON AmSECT MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Applicants must be AmSECT members in good standing. The Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion (FPP) is an honor bestowed by AmSECT and membership is a prerequisite to apply. For those awarded the FPP designation, membership in AmSECT must also be maintained to use the designation. In the event the FPP’s AmSECT membership lapses for one year, reapplication shall be required for reinstatement of the FPP designation. Retiring FPPs will be awarded FPP Emeritus status upon written request of the FPP approval committee. The FFP Emeritus designation does not require ongoing AmSECT membership. 
  6. A current practice that establishes the applicant as a specialist in pediatric cardiovascular perfusion.
  7. Minimum accumulated pediatric cases as follows:
    1. 200 cardiopulmonary bypass cases for correction or palliation of congenital heart disease
    2. At least 80 of which should be on infants ≤ 10 kg
    3. Maximum of 20% (40) may be as documented back-up perfusionist
  8. Interest in pursuing professional excellence in pediatric perfusion, both as an individual pediatric perfusionist and as a member of the pediatric perfusion community. Such interest may be evidenced by membership in local and national perfusion societies and organizations; participation in teaching programs and/or local, regional or national programs; continuing education through attendance at professional meetings, courses and seminars with an emphasis on pediatric perfusion topics.
  9. Ethical fitness as well as professional proficiency as determined by the Fellowship Review Committee. This determination is based upon information from supplied references, colleagues, and surgeons.
  10. Willingness to actively participate in maintaining, directing or supporting the advancement of pediatric perfusion.

Process of Applying for Fellow Designation

All properly submitted and accepted applications for Fellowship are developed and evaluated on a one-year cycle. This year’s deadline for receiving completed applications will be December 15, 2019. 

  1. Interested applicants must first complete the Request for Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Application form. Please note that the Request for Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Application deadline will open October 4. Those that do not send in a completed Request for Fellow of Pediatric perfusion Application form or do not fulfill all requirements of the form will not have their application reviewed.
  2. A completed formal application is required from each applicant. Forms will be available for download after the applicant completes the Request for Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Application form. Please note late or incomplete applications will not be accepted for review. The application contains detailed submission instructions.
  3. In addition to providing information regarding perfusion training and practice within the request for application form and the application, applicants are also required to:
    • Sign a statement agreeing to abide by the bylaws, rules, and regulations of AmSECT and sign the Fellow Pledge.
    • Gather three reference letters from the following current colleagues:
      • One (1) from a current perfusion colleague or Chief Perfusionist
      • One (1) from a pediatric cardiac surgeon
      • One (1) form a cardiac anesthesiologist.

NOTE: Letters of reference should be on institutional letterhead, contain an original signature, and can either be mailed to AmSECT at 330 N Wabash Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611 or emailed to amsect@amsect.org. The letters must be sent directly from the reference author. Any reference letters forwarded by the applicant will not be considered.

      • Applicants are expected to compile and submit a list of cardiopulmonary bypass cases documenting two hundred congenital heart disease corrective or palliative procedures, forty percent (40%) of which shall be in patients less than or equal to 10 kilograms and no more than twenty percent (20%) as the documented backup perfusionist. These cases shall be signature verified by the chief perfusionist of the institution at which the procedures took place. The appropriate form and instructions will be provided. The list serves as an index to the volume, variety, and character of an applicant’s experience.
        • NOTE: Applicants may be requested to present detailed case reports and related information as additional evidence of their professional proficiency.
      • Cover Letter detailing why the applicant deserves the FPP designation.
      • $125 application fee. Click here to pay the application fee by credit card. Please note you must be logged into your AmSECT member account in order to pay by credit card. If paying by check, please send the check to AmSECT PO Box 776299 Chicago, IL 60677 with FPP in the memo of the check.

    Request Form for Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Application

          Evaluation of Application for Fellow

          The evaluation of an applicant for Fellow is based on comprehensive information relating to the applicant’s perfusion-related judgment and experience, professional competence, ethical conduct, professional standing in the local community, and attitude toward the basic tenets of AmSECT. Such information is obtained from the Pediatric Fellow Review Committee, references named by the applicants and others.

          The Pediatric Fellow Review Committee shall consist of one member of the Board of Directors, two AmSECT members at large, the current Pediatric Committee Chair, and the Selection Committee Chair.

          1. AmSECT National Headquarters shall review each application for completeness and shall prepare a summary of the biographical information and other pertinent information for review by the Fellow Review Committee. If the applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications, further processing of the application will be deferred until the applicant has met all of the requirements.
          2. The Fellow Review Committee appraises information and recommendations from all sources relating to applications and may, at its discretion, defer action on any application.
          3. After review and evaluation of all information, the Fellow Review Committee makes one of three decisions:
            1. Approval – In order to attain the designation of Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion, each applicant must receive approval of 3/5 of the Fellow Review Committee.
            2. Postponed (for at least one year) – A postponement is not considered as an adverse action. It is designed to give the applicant an opportunity to acquire further knowledge or additional experience or to develop professionally. It also provides the Society with an additional period of observation, investigation and further evaluation of the applicant’s eligibility for Fellow.
            3. Not Approved – Not approved is an adverse action.
              1. Following a “Not Approved” action, the applicant may submit a new application after a waiting period of three years.
              2. Applicants who receive an adverse action on their application may request an appeal. Appeals are heard under the direction of the Executive Board.
              3. The Executive Board may change an adverse action at its discretion.
          4. No Action – no action is taken when an application is determined to be incomplete. The application is then deferred for consideration to the following year. As a reminder, all applications that are not complete by December 15 will be deferred. 
          5. Successful applicants are admitted into Fellowship at the annual Pediatric Perfusion Conference.
          6. Applicants are notified by letter of their acceptance for Fellowship and are admitted to Fellowship by the select committee at the convocation ceremony held during the AmSECT International Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 4-6, 2020. 

          AmSECT Membership Eligibility

          An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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