Amber discovered perfusion with a lucky google search. She had earned bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Nutritional Sciences to attend medical school when she lost both of her parents and her motivation to pursue that career. “I asked to google one day and came across an article discussing various medical professions, and perfusion was the one I had never heard of,” Amber said.
Interested in learning more, she watched Youtube videos, shadowed a perfusionist on the job, and researched programs. Six months later, she moved to Ohio to accept a spot at the Cleveland Clinic School of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
Amber has grown and developed as a perfusionist and young professional in her seven years in the field. She loves the autonomy that perfusion offers while still an integral part of the team. “While the unpredictability of cases and call can be challenging, the feeling of seeing a happier heart at the end of a workday is amazing,” Amber said.
As for advice to any new perfusionist or professional in the medical field: it’s okay to leave a job you’re not happy at. “I was told as a student that it looks bad on your resume to job hop, but I have found that looking out for my happiness and being a strong perfusionist are far more valuable qualities.”